Tuesday, November 27, 2012

City of Gold

City of Gold by Roberta Warshaw
City of Gold, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I am loving the way the gold leaf looks with the work but it is quite a bear to work with. It flies all over the place, sticks to my hands, and just generally creates havoc in my studio.

I keep the sheets between tracing paper but as soon as I open the paper up all hell breaks loose!

I discovered that if I go around the studio with a piece of my textured tissue paper that has been painted with wet medium, I can just blot up the tiny pieces and create some interesting bits of color with the scraps.

When I try and sweep the scraps, they just blow around...........yikes! I get very impatient chasing them all over and have to calm myself down after a while!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

Abstract #1 by Roberta Warshaw
Abstract #1, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Ha! How appropriate that I would finally get a luscious black on black Friday. I used ultramarine blue instead of cobalt blue and that seemed to do it. The red is still cadmium red and the yellow is Indian yellow.

I love mixing blacks and grays. I don't often get what I am seeking but I keep trying because that is what I do.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We had a lovely time. My son makes the best apple pie ever. Well, my grandmother made great pie too but it skipped a generation since I can't make a pie to save my life.

But my son really makes fantastic apple pies.

Next big holiday, Chanukah. I will be having my annual brunch with latkes and all the fixings.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Grasses by Roberta Warshaw
Grasses, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Originally this was going to be a cactus collage. But then there were these lovely lines and before I knew it, the cactus became the tips of some type of hay or grass.

The element of surprise with these gelatin prints is what keeps me coming back for more. I can plan all I want but as soon as I begin adhering all bets are off.

I am not sure just how much I will be getting done this week painting-wise. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year and for the next few days the house will be filled with all the good cooking smells of the holiday.

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I love that it is not religious in any way. Just food and family.

Of course it is always my children's birthdays as well so pumpkin pie always has birthday candles stuck in it.

Enjoy your holidays and don't eat too much!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Memory Series

Hayfield with Clouds by Roberta Warshaw
Hayfield with Clouds, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I seem to be on to something here with this new series of collages. I am calling them the "The Memory Series" since that is what they are.

These are all done from my memories of living in a rural environment. It has been over twenty years since I last lived there and yet the visual memories are still with me. When I lived there I painted the countryside all the time but in a very different manner. More detailed. These are much more streamlined.

I am enjoying this series very much as painful as it is. I do my best work when I am not too happy.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Landscape #2

Landscape #2 by Roberta Warshaw
Landscape #2, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I am becoming quite productive with these gelatin prints. They really speak to me in a new way. I am finding that I like the ones that just seem to fall together quickly rather than obsessing over minutae.

And I like the colors on this one. Especially that color on the top. I originally thought it was the sky but I see now where it is the treeline on the edge of a lake.

It reminds me of the lake we used to stay at in Monterey, MA. called Lake Garfield.

It also makes me a little sad. I am not sure why. Perhaps it is part of the stirring up of the sad memories of my old life in the country.

I don't know but I am not letting it stop me. The colors here are only three. Cobalt blue, cadmium red, and Indian yellow.

They make a lovely blue gray and wonderful rusts.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Landscape Memory

Landscape by Roberta Warshaw
Landscape, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Another gelatin print collage from my landscape memory series. I feel a lot of these coming on right now.

I have also signed up for a weekend printmaking workshop in the spring at Mass College of Art. I am really interested in learning more about this medium and especially having access to a real press for the weekend. That should be interesting!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Barnscape by Roberta Warshaw
Barnscape, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Many years ago, I lived in a very rural area.

It was quite beautiful but it was a very lonely place for me to live. I had a job I hated. I sold ads for the local bi weekly newspaper. I was never very good at it, after all I am not a saleswoman at all. I find cold calls to be quite fear inducing.

Anyway, my job involved driving from small town to small town trying to sell ads to locally owned businesses. Getting from one town to another took me through some of the most beautiful farm country I had ever seen.

I always had my sketchbook with me and often I would stop on the side of the road and draw the farms. Then I would paint them in watercolor or gouache when I returned home.

I live in the city now and those years are but a fading memory to me. But I will always be able to see the countryside in my minds eye. This collage is from my fading memories of upstate New York.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Landscape of Lines

Landscape of Lines by Roberta Warshaw
Landscape of Lines, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I am getting some interesting line work from string on the gelatin plate. By using both the first pulled print as well as the ghost image, I was able to manipulate the collage into some interesting patterns.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

City on the Hill

City on the Hill by Roberta Warshaw
City on the Hill, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I am trying to make a new collage every day. It isn't always possible but I do enjoy the challenge.

This piece is collaged from elements I created using my new Gelli printing plate.

As you can see the colors are very different from my usual highly saturated colors. When I use the plate I can get some very subtle colors which I really like.

I am happy to have found this plate because in a way, it reminds me of working on the encaustic hot plate which, as you may remember, I had an allergic reaction to.

I very much like printing as I had never really tried it before. I look forward to trying more involved layering as I improve my techniques.

I just have to remember to let the paint really dry before I collage with it. I am using Golden Open Acrylics with the plate and they require more drying time than regular acrylics.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Climate Change by Roberta Warshaw
Climate Change, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
This piece came about today in an interesting way.

I have been experimenting for the past few days with my new Gelli Plate. I had never even heard of these plates until recently and was anxious to see what all the excitement was about.

I was playing with some of my stamps on the plate and realized that they looked like waves and buildings.

It all happened very fast and very spontaneously. I guess it is my inner response to all the destruction.

I call it "Climate Change".