Saturday, February 28, 2015

Elements and Principles of Design

I found a great way to understand the elements and principles of design online through Gallery Cocoa. Here's the grid that I made-

Creating this chart made me think about how the elements of art interact with the principles design. It offers ways to look at composition and experience the variety of ways each element can be explored.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

I made Valentine's this year and had fun playing with paints and inks. I learned this technique from Kat McCullough years ago. The paper is Tyvek, cut into 3.5" squares with added layers of paint and ink. The first layer of acrylic paint is applied on one side, folded in half to get a Rorschach effect. Dry each layer well. The second layer is acrylic inks. I love the textures created and the look of the layered papers.  Enjoy your Valentine's Day.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Experiments in Black and White

Last month, I took a workshop in Victoria BC with Steve Aimone, "The Spiritual Language of Art". We explored abstract painting with exercises in nonobjective composition and the process of abstracting from a reference. This workshop challenged and pushed me in ways that often felt very uncomfortable. My struggles made me realize that I need a regular studio practice to learn the elements of design inside and out. Knowing these elements intimately will help them become more intuitive in my artwork. I want my artwork to come from my intuition which is often elusive. It's hard to turn my left brain off and trust my right brain to take over and go for it. I'm starting with 9x12 inch black and white drawings/paintings on paper. Here's number 1.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wild Arts Festival November 22 & 23

Come this weekend to the Wild Arts Festival- a fund raiser for the Audubon Society of Portland. Check out this preview of the 202 6x6 canvases of bird Art for sale-

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Audubon 6x6 Wild Art Project

Here's my submission for the 2014 Audubon Society of Portland's 6x6 Wild Art Project.  The 6x6 bird canvases will sell for $45 each and benefit the Audubon Society.  The artwork helps to support their conservation, environmental and wildlife rehabilitation work. The Wild Arts Festival will be November 22nd-23rd at Montgomery Park. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Flowers

It's raining now.  Autumn flowers bloom and brighten the darker days.  Thank goodness for the dahlias, roses and zinnias.  My weather gram for the Autumn Equinox - morning dew touches flowerbed webs.