Sunday, March 2, 2014
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
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
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 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
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?
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I recently saw a short video of Rex Ray and got so inspired by his story about making these quick collages every night without thinking too much about the composition or judging it, a process that he calls "an exercise in turning off all those critical voices". It is actually quite liberating if you are not consciously trying to make art but just playing around with shapes and negative space. I did those four in less than an hour one night this week and then I took a picture of them with Instagram and applied the kelvin filter. Then I grouped them with Pic Stitch on my phone. That was surprisingly fun! Try it!
Monday, November 25, 2013
This is very exciting news, my new Keka snap-on cases are now live! I licensed 10 of my designs to a company in San Francisco that designs phone and ipad cases. I am ordering some for myself this week, I just don't know which design to pick! They have a promotion going on right now that's gives you a free Classic Snap-on Phone case if you order any two of their products. Just use FREESNAP at checkout. They also have free shipping to the US/UK/Canada (no promo code needed) how civilized! They make great Christmas presents too, hint, hint! Kekacase.com