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May 17, 2016

An Abstract Collage

My 3rd and last painting of my FIT Abstract Painting class is finished.  For this painting we were instructed to use different materials and/or processes in the painting, and I chose collage, paint, and ink. 

1.  I covered the canvas panel with torn scraps of papers that I've been saving or making, and mounted the paper with matte medium. 

2.  I painted over the collage with acrylic paints, taking care not to cover up the images completely.  In the next layer I added more collage - of either paper I painted or fabric strips I dyed. 

3.  At the end of our last class  our professor told me she thought that I could push it further.  So I used Daler-Rowney F and W acrylic brown ink for calligraphy, drawing, and mark making for the final layer,  Adding ink was an inspiration from the Hannalore Baron exhibit I saw several weeks ago.

This is the finished 16 X 20" painting:

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These are 6 random closeups: 

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I was very hesitant to take this class because I had no experience painting with acrylic paints and loved drawing, i.e. representational art.  I learned so much and expanded my vision and skills a little - which in the end was my real desire.  But first I had to "shut the monkey."  For those of you who also have a strong inner critic, follow Danny Gregory's podcasts devoted to this topic at:

http:/?dannygregory/monkey

May 9, 2016

Print Collage On Wood

One of my high school girlfriends sent me a latter with a photograph and a 5 X 5" X 1 5/8"DaVinci Wood Panel.  She photographed the wall in her local library and wanted to have her family and friends each create one of the panels for her entry in a new home. 

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We could decorate them in any way and had 6 months before we needed to send them back. That gave me too many choices and too much time! My creative ideas are always better when I have limitations. I had never painted on wood, and prior to this semester had minimal experience painting with acrylic paints. And I couldn't even settle on one image for weeks.

One day I noticed my one acrylic painting on a shelf in my apartment, and realized that the image was perfect - a friend bringing a friend a bouquet of flowers.  In that instant I decided to scan, resize, and collage the image to the box.  Jane Davies recently posted a tutorial on collaging art to wood, and I followed her instructions.   Then I painted the sides with acrylic paint I mixed to blend with image.  Here is the original painting and the finished box. 

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It is being delivered today - per USPS tracking information. 

April 15, 2016

Abstract Painting and Surface Design

When I restarted drawing, and learning about watercolors, I was most interested in documenting my life by drawing and painting in sketchbooks.  I've now filled over 100 since 2005 and I love how much I remember about events when I browse through them.  This semester I'm taking an abstract painting class using acrylics, at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and was attracted to the course just to shake up my painting - not to switch my focus or medium.

Our first painting was "non-objective" meaning that it was not based on anything in reality. 

http://www.paperandthreads.com/2016/03/my_fiirst_abstract_and_acrylic.php 

The second painting was "objective" meaning that the artist begins with some images from his/her environment and then proceeds to abstract the image.   I like grids and quickly sketched a media wall in front of me as I sat reading. 

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My first painting in the course was in cool colors and I wanted to make this one in hot colors - and I added layers to the 16 x 20" canvas panel over 3 weeks.  This is my finished painting.

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After I completed this painting I quickly painted some of the things in our class studio - a stool, a high chair, an easel, a ceiling exhaust fan, and a wood stand that holds our paints, palettes etc.  Many of my classmates used the studio as their inspiration and I decided to try it as well.  I painted multiple layers on a 9 X 12" piece of watercolor paper, and this is the result. 

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I dye fabric for a variety of projects, including bookcloth for my handmade watercolor sketchbooks.  Most of the fabric designs are abstract, and it took me weeks to realize this similarity to my painting class.  This is my newest watercolor sketchbook - made with a piece of fabric that was tightly rolled and tied in a knot before soaking it in an equal mixture of red and black dye stocks.  The design and colors were a complete, and wonderful surprise. 

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I designed pen pockets for my sketchbooks this year and distribute Sewing Instructions if requested on my blog.  I have enough dyed fabric that I can make pen pockets to blend with the covers, and I'm able to use a similar color pocket with the new sketchbook. 

This is the new sketchbook and pocket - and below this photo are others that I made for prior books. 

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Please leave a request for the pattern PDF on my blog. 

March 8, 2016

My Fiirst Abstract and Acrylic Painting

Weeks 3,4, and 5 of My Abstract Painting Class - using a limited color palette of acrylic paints.  I was very far out of my comfort zone, but I drew on some of my dye painting experience, and thoroughly enjoyed playing. 

My Color Palette: Cad Red Light, Cad Yellow Light, Ultramarine Blue, and Titanium White.  I mixed orange and then combined it with its complementary blue and varying amounts of white.  The hardest part was just starting! 

Class 3:  The Beginning: 

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Class 3:  The End.  Our assignment was to paint the entire canvas board with a thin layer of paint.  I just worked intuitively and varied the brushstrokes and directions. This was the end of the first class.  I enjoyed making some drips!

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Class 4:  Our assignment was to add another layer of paint, even if it changed the painting completely.  I liked the first layer enough that I didn't repaint it completely.  But I did add circles and and other brushstrokes using the same color palette.

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Class 5: I looked at the painting at home for a week and decided to add another, bigger circle, a few more smaller ones, and some lines.  And then I made a decision that I was done!  Next week we have a group critique.

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I was very uncertain about taking this class, and although I probably won't use acrylic paint very often, I'm glad that I have this opportunity to try something new.   

 

February 13, 2016

Abstract Painting With Acrylic Painting

This was one of the courses offered this semester at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  At first I didn't even consider it, because I like realistic drawing/painting and I like watercolor.  But I've read enough about theories of creativity, and ways to stimulate your brain, that I finally decided it might be good for me.  I have no idea how to handle acrylic paint, paint on canvas boards, or develop abstract compositions.  So I'm hoping to learn lots.  And then I'll go back to my usual preferred medium and realistic subjects.  But hopefully the experience will have opened my mind to many new ideas. 

The first two weeks of our class were spent doing color studies with 2 red, 2 blue, one yellow, one white and one black tube of acrylic paints. 

 Study 1:  Mix colors and paint a Color Wheel

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Study 2:Mix  brown from the Complementary Colors:ComplementarySIZE.jpgStudy 3:  Paint one hot and one cold square: 

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Study 4:  Using the colors we have, mix 40 different shades of Red 

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Next week I need to bring in sketches and ideas about an abstract painting - Yikes!   

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