Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cut & Sew Reusable Shopping Bag

Here's my entry for the latest Spoonflower contest. We had to design a reusable shopping bag to fit on one yard of fabric. I used one of my original acrylic paintings on canvas as artwork since I didn't really have time to design anything new (I just decided to enter this contest at the last minute, there is nothing like a deadline!) You can vote and see all the entries here. Thank you for your vote!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Working in Series

For the last lesson in Jane's online class, we worked on a modular piece. We had to use one of our piece from a previous lesson and explore it further. I decided to use my grid collage as a starting point and create a series. Each piece in a modular piece is supposed to stand on its own. So I worked on 9 paintings at the same time and just started rolling paint on all of them first.

Then I added some collage elements with transparent tissue and deli wrap and other kind of papers.

Then I added paint, stamping and more collage on top until I was happy with each of them.

I could also use just these four pieces as a modular piece. I really liked working in a series because I wasn't getting too precious about them, I was just trying some stuff and using as much variety as I could using the same colors and design elements. I figured that if I ended up with 2 or 3 paintings that I liked, I would feel pretty good about it. Turns out I like all of them, even though some of them are not quite finished yet. That was a very fun class, I highly recommend it when she runs it again next year.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Working the Grid

This next lesson was about variety and connection and how to put it all together in a grid format. I had a lot of fun doing these because I love patchwork, texture and pattern, and because the graphic designer in me loves grids and the artist in me loves to break out of them. We used transparent collage paper to bring it all together which reminds me of working with beeswax and adds another dimension to the whole thing. I really need to do more of these...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Color and Texture

Lesson 3 of my online composition class was all about color and texture. We had to create oversize swatches and play with different textures. I think they look so good together like colorful italian tiles. I particularly like the feel and look of the matte medium applied over paint and then painted over again. I have to remember to use that technique in my paintings, it gives it a lot of depth. Then we had to create a simple layout with 3 colors only. It was very interesting to start with a color with the intention of painting over it and just let it peak through. Gave me some good ideas to do some faux finishes too!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Jane Davies Extreme Composition Class

I am taking an awesome online class with Jane Davies and I am way behind. I just finished lesson 2 and she is already at lesson 6 which is the last one of a 6 week class. I will see if I can catch up because she is an excellent teacher and gives amazing feedback so that would really be a shame to miss out on that. The class is called "Extreme Composition" and in this lesson we had to play with shapes and lines. That was pretty fun and it's good to be painting again. On to lesson 3!

Friday, February 7, 2014

I Believe in Circles!

I was in Santa Barbara last week to visit my husband's family and I remembered that I promised a painting to a friend of mine when her house burned down a year ago. She had all this beautiful art from her mom who was a wonderful artist and she lost everything in the fire, the things you can't replace with money. I have been meaning to do a painting for her but I wanted to know more about her color palette in her new rebuilt home. She told me she had a large 5x4 feet canvas at home and that I was welcome to just paint it while I was there. I went to the art store, got some paint and in 3 hours created this painting incorporating all the colors from her walls! She loves it! And it got me painting again, a win-win!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Allons à la montagne!

The latest Spoonflower contest theme is Retro Skiing. Since I love skiing and everything retro, especially those vintage skiing posters, I felt compelled to enter something even though I didn't have a whole lot of time to work on it. We had to use a restricted palette and it's always interesting to see all the different ways you can use those six colors. You can see them all and vote here. I could see my design as a tablecloth in a cosy little chalet in the Alps. Cheese fondue anyone?