Sunday, April 26, 2015

Un oeuf bleu

Monoprint makeover | Un oeuf bleu (A blue egg)
Here's another gelli print makeover. I love little oval shape stacks, they remind me of the rock stacks sculpture that people make on the beach. I started with the print below that I felt was a little messy but I really liked all the layers and the colors and the gold paint on top. So I isolated some areas and quieted down some others to create a focal point and a more interesting composition. I am trying to do one of these every week. I just love spending time in my studio, it's so cozy in there! I call it: "Lucie's Little Print Shop!

Failed print used as a start for "Un oeuf bleu".

Monday, April 20, 2015

Print makeovers

La mesure du temps | Mixed Media Print Makeover 

My favorite technique lately is monoprinting with a gel plate. It's a really fast and hard to control process and that's why it's so much fun to do. And of course, sometimes the results are awesome and sometimes, not too awesome. You win a few, you lose a few. I have a big stash of failed prints and I have been using them for "Print makeovers".  At the top you see the finished piece and below you see the failed print I started from. I basically add paint, texture and collage until I like it. Vive le recyclage!

Failed print used as a start for "La mesure du temps".

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Busy and Quiet Space

I named this painting: Party Fish! After somebody in class said it reminded her of an elegant dinner party with party fish swimming around under the floor. I want to go to that party!

There are all starts using old gelli prints that I will finish later. But kind of fun just like this.

In lesson 8, we’re exploring the contrast or balance between busy, active areas and quiet areas. We had to aim for the following distribution: 25% busy, about 25% transitional area and at least 50% quiet space. I used some old gelli plate prints that were pretty messy and added collage to them,  trying to turn something bad into something interesting. "Party Fish" was so hopeless for so long that I almost gave up on it. The more I was trying to save it, the worst it became and then I had nothing to lose so I ended up painting over the only parts that I actually liked and then it started turning around. I see Jane do this all the time, but it's hard for me to "kill my darlings" like she says. Sometimes you hold on to things you should just let go. But that doesn't mean that you are giving up!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Paint Improvisation

I am finally getting back to posting about Jane's class. This is from lesson 6 of the 100 Drawings on Cheap Paper online class. This exercise was about maximum variety. We had to do the quadrant test: divide our piece into four equal parts, visually, and see if each quadrant looked substantially different in terms of line, shape, pattern and color, but also technique and material. Apparently, I can't get away from circles, or like Jane calls them: donuts. I am addicted to donuts, I will try to branch out in the next series of exercises. But I just loved painting and experimenting at the same time. I used Caran d'Ache neocolor crayons on top of painted areas, kind of tone on tone and then buffed the whole area with an alcohol wipe, then I added more crayon on the top until I liked the effect and texture. Added a lot of dimension but it's hard to see on the picture. Fun exercise and definitely a great way to loosen up.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Composition with Shapes

Week 3 of Jane's online class, exploring composition using shapes as the primary element. For this exercise I got my gelli plate out, which is on of my favorite toy! But I used a lot of different other techniques too. I do tend to gravitate around circles, donuts and oval in general because I love working with shapes. I am always inspired by this video I saw a while ago by Rex Ray and how he uses shapes in his collage. Just love the simplicity and graphic style of his work.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

100 drawings on cheap paper

This is my favorite piece from this exercise. It was such a disaster at the beginning and I started painting over with abandon since I had nothing to lose. I titled this piece; "Boardwalk".

Well, on to another Jane Davies online class. This one is titled: "100 drawings on cheap paper". In this workshop we focus on quantity – making at least 10 pieces each week. And I quote: "The pieces don’t have to be “good”; they don’t even have to be finished. By focusing on particular elements each week, and creating quantity, you begin to let go of the constant judgment and evaluation that can get you stuck, and you get the practice you need to move through the ordinary frustrations of making art. Loosen up, be expansive and generous with yourself, and have fun!"

This was super fun! For our first layer, we have to cover the whole page (9x12) with paint in 20 seconds. I love to work fast because it makes me get out of my own way and that's when I end up discovering some new textures and techniques because I am not trying to do a finished piece. I did 12 of these starts and they look a little messy and sometimes muddy but it only makes it easier to paint over. 

Then we had to paint over and play with transparency and opacity and lines. Again I didn't spend a lot of time on these because we have to post our work before the new session is up and I am always last minute. But for once, procrastination is helpful because but it keeps me from overthinking too much and the graphic designer in me doesn't have time to engage and judge too much, which is a good thing when I you want to experiment. I will do more of these and probably rework some of them but I was happy with the one on the top left. Another rescue painting!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! Bonne Année!

I have been having a great holiday season spending time with friends and family and not traveling too far away from home. Yesterday, my son and I spent some time in my studio experimenting with monoprinting techniques using a gelli plate. It was a blustery day and my husband built a cosy fire in the wood stove and we were listening to the rain drops on the roof while playing around with colors and shapes. I love collaborating on projects like this because I end up using colors outside of my usual range and expanding my technique every time. Made me realize how much I miss teaching workshops and that is something I want to start doing again this year. Here's to a fun, creative and productive new year!