I've been absent for awhile - again - but I've been working hard on my painting. So far, I'm surviving art school :) I even lived through my first critique. The teacher had me rework the background on my first painting and it really helped me. He wants me to submit it for the upcoming show. The student art show is at the end of March. It's a juried show - paintings have to be approved by the committee before being accepted. It will be my first time going through this process, but I guess it had to happen sooner or later. I'm supposed to submit two paintings. If they get accepted, they will hang in the gallery through April. If we choose to, we can sell them. This painting is called Palace In The Sky. It was inspired by the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park. It is an abstract work. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed working in the abstract.
Palace In The Sky
24" x 30"
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas
I mostly used palette knives and Golden Fluid Acrylics for this one. The center area was really fun to work on.
I did some gel medium transfers from old magazines and I added some antique music. I wanted to create a sense of the culture and history of the people who built and inhabited these ancient dwellings.
I also used tissue that I prepared with a technique called frottage. It is the process of rubbing a writing or drawing implement over paper that has been placed over a textured object (i.e. gravestone rubbings). There were no gravestones involved in this one! I used textured paper underneath of the tissue, and I did rubbings with oil pastels.
I then adhered the tissue to the canvas with matte medium.
I haven't done that since I was a child, but it is a fabulous way to introduce visual texture into your work.
I also have some very colorful and informative books to recommend if you are interested in experimenting with abstract painting. Amazon carries them in stock.
Painting and Understanding Abstract Art, by John Lowry
Painting Abstracts, by Rolina van Vliet
All in all, this new adventure has been a positive one. I love being around the young people. I ride the elevator to the tenth floor with them in the morning, and they never fail to make me smile. They help me to remember that life is an adventure. I'll have more to share with you soon. I'll be linking to Paint Party Friday this week. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.
Until next time,