Sunday, September 23, 2018

9/23/18

Singing in the Desert

My Saguaro

Here are two more pieces I created after taking Laura Horn's class, "Minimal Magic." I really feel like this is a great palette for painting the desert.

These are both on cradled panels. I have never worked on panels before since they take up so much room and I never had a place to keep them before.  Now that I have a studio with plenty of room, I am trying them out. I really do like them a lot. I never really liked painting on canvas because of the texture. It has too much give for me and too much bumpy texture.  These panels are smooth as silk. Like painting on hot press paper. My favorite paper.

I do plan to enter some pieces in a local show. I haven't entered a show since the 1980's. So this is a pretty big deal for me. If it wasn't for social media no one would ever see my work. I am thankful for social media but it is time to hang the work out in the real world now.

Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

9/19/18



Today we had a lovely rainy day in the desert. There is nothing quite like it. It is something to be savored and enjoyed. The last few weeks have been quite hot so having the temperatures in the mid 70's is quite different!

Meanwhile, the other night I was up in the middle of the night after having killed a scorpion in the bathroom. I couldn't get back to sleep for obvious reasons, so I logged on to Instagram and discovered an artist from Australia who I had never heard of named Laura Horn.

She has a lovely online class which I am in the midst of taking. It is called "Minimal Magic".  She uses a limited palette which I really like. Earthy tones as well as a variety of ways to  keep a series of paintings and collages related to one another. I am enjoying taking some interesting classes and some not so interesting. That is the way it goes I guess with online classes. There is no review system so you are taking a chance. For the most part, the classes I sign up for have all been helpful in one way or another. Even if I only take away one new skill, I am happy.

That's it for now! Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 7, 2018

9/7/18

Growing Shapes
Plant 

Cactus
September is here but in Arizona it really doesn't feel like it. Although I will say it is a bit cooler. Especially in the early morning and the late evening. For the first time I no longer have to worry about going back to work, buying school supplies or freaking out over winter coming.

I have been slowly getting back to my artwork. Here are a couple of collages I did this week. Also, the top piece is a painting I did last year but it never felt finished. So I added some collage to it and now it feels finished.

I had an interesting day today. My neighbor, who is also an artist, invited me to a meeting of an arts organization called CASA.  It was a very interesting experience for me. I have been isolated in my studio for many years now with little to no contact with other artists. The last time I was part of an arts community was when I lived in Key West.

In Boston there really isn't a cohesive arts community like there is here. I am not sure why since there are many artists in the Boston area. Or maybe I just never found it. I am not sure.

At any rate, it was an interesting meeting with a presentation afterwards of a technique called "acrylic pouring". I have only tried making acrylic skins before but this is acrylic skins on steroids! The results look rather like paper marbling. I don't think it is anything I will attempt but it was a great opportunity to learn a new art technique as well as meet other local artists and connect with people.

I am slowly realizing that when you no longer have a day to day job out in the world you really have to get out of the studio once in a while and meet and connect with people. There seem to be many like minded people here in Tucson and I look forward to getting out and meeting them.