It’s been awhile!

Things got quite hectic in December so my blogs’ been a bit left out as of recent.
Updates– My first solo show, “Can’t Read the Air” went swimmingly! I sold a few pieces (pictured below) and had a lot of fun talking to everyone who showed up. Trying to complete everything in time as well as working retail holiday hours really took a lot out of me so I decided to take a break from everything and visit home for a bit! I got to revert to a much slower pace of life and really think about the things that were important to me.

sold

Also, I found this oval canvas at home that I had started to draw on. Rather than continue something I had long forgotten I decided to experiment with my calligraphy inks. I covered the whole thing and let it dry to where it was tacky. I then washed off certain parts and let it dry. The effect was perfect and I transformed it into this:

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“The Wave”

 

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Try this

sun

 

I should try this with all my pieces. I put the canvas up against the sliding glass door and this is what it looks like with the sun shining through. Kind of trippy.

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36″x48″

I thought I’d show a little behind the scenes work for my latest project. A normal canvas size for ┬áme is around 16″x20″ or 18″24″ and I can usually complete it in a couple weeks. My latest splurge (thanks Crafter’s Warehouse) was a 3 ft by 4 ft canvas which is larger than anything I’ve ever worked on, solely because of the sheer volume of paint I would need to cover such a thing. Here is the beginning of my process.

My hand/wrists were not loving me after this, so I decided to take a break… by working on a smaller canvas. Haha. Will post more pictures as things develop.

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Purple Pelican

Another possible gallery option.

My plan (what plan?) is to keep motivated while I have this time and energy to create. If it happens to form a series or concentration, great. If not, I am not going to worry about it. While I’ve often felt that my best work comes from the most random acts of painting and drawing, I have truly witnessed it once again with my last two pieces. There’s something about letting loose… not allowing the blank canvas to intimidate. Maybe that is why I do so well starting off with an old canvas. I can easily wipe away the previous foibles and make it better than before, without the pressure and “what ifs” of ruining or wasting it.

[Check out] {my watercolor teacher and mentor!}

Steve Strickland (of stevestricklandart.com)

 

Koi-Pond

This is my favorite piece of his! It would be a perfect addition to my art collection!

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Details

Top Picture:

Portrait
Mixed Media
11″x14″

Bottom Pictures:

Pele II — so you can see the texture on the canvas
Mixed Media
16″x0″
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