Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rainy day studies

While we experience the first outer bands of Hurricane Sandy (the brunt of which is, thankfully, bypassing us) I decided to play around with watercolors.  Wet rainy days have that effect on me... I decided to start out exploring some of the ideas I got from Kate Worm's wonderful workshop, then I moved on to new ones.  Kate introduced me to the art of Kim Frohsin, a California-based artist.  I love her work.  I just ordered a couple of her books - so the bigger seated figure study in the photo below is inspired by one of her paintings.  I had ordered some Ampersand Aquabord (yes, it's spelled that way) to try.  It is loads of fun!  Here are some of the studies I've done today and over the last few days...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Six by Six

I'm working on a large 6' x 6' commission - its going to be an abstracted double portrait, but with the faces very subtle in the texture.  Here's a shot from a few weeks ago when I was first starting - using acrylic mediums and scraping, dripping, pouring, etc. to get a variety of textures.  This is a big challenge, I'm working on the faces now (and have been for awhile) but nothing to post on those yet ; )

Monday, October 1, 2012

Craven Arts Fest

Had a great time at the Craven Arts Fest in New Bern last week-end.  It was indoors at the Civic Center so it was an easier set-up, and the booth looked great.   Sales were good and nice energy in the crowd... People seemed to enjoy the painting demo's I did of volunteers with the festival.