Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Saturday, November 22, 2014

George and Janet meet Max and Quappi at a party

 Max Beckmann was the next artist to be studied in the Studying Under the Masters: Portraits class. He was a German artist and many of his paintings have that dark haunted look to them. I wasn't sure if I was going to like his art or not.
But after checking out a book from the library about him, I found many paintings that I really liked that were not so dark.  I also had an opportunity to dig out some oil sticks from my stash of art supplies.
Oil sticks are different than oil pastels. They are basically oil paint in a stick form and they are quite large in diameter, so when working small it is difficult to get good details--but the color is wonderful and creamy and they keep forever. The oil sticks I used are about 10 years old!! Then it came time to do my Beckmann style self portrait. I used acrylic paints on the self portrait.
On the right is a copy of a portrait that Beckmann painted of himself and his wife Quappi. I changed it just a little bit by replacing the bouquet in Quappi's hand with a glass of wine. One the left is the portrait I did of George and myself ( a combination of several different photos). I thought it would be fun to do the backgrounds and floor the same so it would look like they were at the same party.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Frida-like; Women in the Marketplace and A Bouquet of flowers

I've made several paintings recently. This one was inspired by a fashion photo that I saw which I am sure had been inspired by a famous photo of Frida Kahlo. and then I changed it up some more.
This one was also inspired by a photo which I saw. I love these women. My story is that they are three generations of women coming to sell fruits at the marketplace.
I love how this bouquet turned out. I wish that I had painted it on a canvas rather than on a piece of black cardstock! I really like painting onto a dark background. The marketplace painting was also painted onto a dark background.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Studying under the Masters: Picasso





Portraits of Sylvette. Sylvette was a young woman with a pony tail that he painted many, many times and in many styles. I picked out eight images and tried to put them in some kind of order that made sense to me going from most conventional to most abstract. It was interesting to copy each drawing to try to understand how he "abstracted" images. Still not a fan of this style.



Detail of the painting "Boy with a Pipe" from Picasso's "rose" period. I liked this painting a lot. In fact Picasso painted many pieces which were more traditional and I did like them. And last--the piece de resistance (LOL) my own self portrait ala Picasso's blue period.
Hey it's not easy to paint yourself blue and looking so solemn. I learned a lot about Picasso and changed my opinion of his art.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall bounties

I love gourds--don't you? So many patterns and textures. So pretty.
And bouquets of fallen leaves and berries.
A few more leaves and berries.
Those magic mushrooms that I showed photos of the other day.
A page of daylillies (not really fall but...)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Studying Under Van Gogh

The second session of Jeanne Oliver's course "Studying Under the Masters: Portraits" opened several weeks ago. First up Van Gogh.
We started out using only pen and ink and looking at the many lines and patterns he uses in his art.
I noticed how my grandfather Coy Seward used many of the same lines in this lithograph of his grandfather. Then we tried our hand at a monochromatic watercolor of "The Knitter". Enjoyed these--but I wanted COLOR!!
Isn't that what we love about Van Gogh? His sunny yellows and beautiful blues?
Even in some of his sadder paintings as in my copy of this one after he had cut off part of his earlobe--there is color.
And my painting of the postman Roulin -lovely color and patterned background.. And finally--this is a class on portraits and self portraits, so here I am ala Van Gogh.
Throughly enjoyed  really looking at his paintings!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Magical Mushrooms

Over the weekend we discovered these mushrooms growing in the grass near our condo. I have never seen mushrooms like this before.
The tops of the mushrooms look like they have been painted with gold metallic paint! My neighbor told me the name of the mushrooms is shaggy mane.
I thoroughly expected to find a little elf sitting underneath!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Imaginative Painting

A little more than a year ago I belonged to a group run by Jeanette House and several times a month we did a type of painting called 'paint what you see".

This process involved putting down lots of paint using stencils, different types of brushes and strokes and then "looking" at your finished page to see what images you could find. It was great fun and I started making a book out of the pages I made.

 I finally finished my book and following are the rest if the pages from the book. Their are lots of photos here. The story is that they first met at a dance, then they married and acquired a rather cute little dog. They are fast asleep in their bed while dreaming of (if not sugarplums--many interesting things) drift through their heads.











I had so much fun making this book!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nature Sketching

I started a sketchbook devoted solely to all things in the natural world and I have also discovered how satisfying it is to put these things into little frames.
Interesting pods that I copied from a botanical book.
Shells from my shell collection.
Succulents and cactus-more fun to look at than they are to draw.
Some floral designs--not sure if I will color all of these in or just leave them in black and white.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper was a "new" artist to me. He is the final artist in the first Studying under the Masters course. Many of his paintings depict small town America-. Again I created pages for my artists sketchbook. The portrait of him is copied from a self portrait that he painted. I was very happy with the way this turned out--especially the hat. Most of his paintings are architectural with many angles and light streaming in from one side--all big challenges for me--not being a straight line type or particularly precise with measurements--but a good exercise. All the pieces I did are reproductions of his work.
Very interesting to try these pieces and all well out of my comfort zone. Stay tuned--I have signed up for the next Studying under the Masters course which I will begin soon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

We have a winner!!

Congratulations to Jo Murray!! She is the winner of the Danse Macbre stencils from Artistcellar. Thanks to all of you who left comments!! Jo-you will be contacted by Artistcellar for your mailing information.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Danse Macabre


I am so excited about the new stencils from Artistcellar called Danse Macabre. by their new signature artist Beatrice Coron. In fact I thought they were so cool that I decided to challenge myself to use all four using different mediums! Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post to see who else is participating in the blog hop and also for a chance to win your very own set of stencils,. Leave a comment no later than September 28th.
For the first piece ( up above) I painted the canvas with black gesso. Then I spread.modeling paste through the stencil. It's a little messy and leaves lots of texture on your canvas but I like that "chunky" look. I then painted it with Silks paints.
The next piece is mixed media on canvas.  It's mainly paint and collage.  In Spanish it says "but mom, the dog ate my homework". You have to look closely to see all the details.
For my third piece I decided to make a small art quilt with machine and hand embroidery and beads. The stencil with the dancers was the only choice for this one!!
And for the final piece a composition book cover using metallic pens on black card stock.
Be sure to visit all of the other artists who are participating in the blog hop using these fun stencils.

Lisa Cousineau Artistcellar   September 20
Jill K. Berry                         September 21
Janet Ghio                            September 22
Cheryl Sleboda                    September 23
Sarah Trumpp                      September 24
Diana Trout                          September 25

Leave me a comment and tell me which piece you like the best and I will draw a winner for these stencils from Artistcellar the first week of October.


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