I'm still learning to manipulate the oil paint and cold wax medium. It is definitely different! But I have a few experiments going that I like. This was not one of them. Ha! But it was a learning experience and that is always helpful moving forward.
I just finished another amazing class with Misty Mawn. I always come away inspired after her yearly workshop. This one was no different.
She introduced a new (to me) technique of working with pastels and I loved the effects. These two stylized portraits, using Andy Warhol as a reference image, were done with that technique. It's fun drawing and re-drawing the same image just to see how it differs each time. And painting with the pastels was just the icing on the cake.
Although my work is shifting in lots of different directions lately, I will always come back to the portrait for the pure enjoyment of it. I love drawing and painting faces and then collecting my paintings into a "rogue's gallery" that I thoroughly enjoy looking through. ;)
I thought I would try an abstract beach scene while thinking about warmer weather on the way. Still playing with oil and cold wax. I love the medium. It makes it a lot easier to paint with oils without having to worry about the amount of solvent vs. oil, etc. Just use oil and cold wax. Boom. Drying time is faster too.
I have about five more in progress with this medium. Wanting to really experiment with some things and how they react together. Always fun to just play without worrying about the outcome. I will post if any of them turn out. ;)
I've been playing with some of the images I've captured lately. Here was a moth that landed on my (dirty) window. No, the window wasn't THIS dirty. ;0) I've transposed him onto a digital background from my files. I love this image and will probably use him in other pieces as well.
Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow cycles of nature,
is a help.
~ May Sarton
I've been spending a lot of time at our local nature preserve. It's a marsh, a wetlands ... started out decades ago as a celery bog. It's so peaceful and there are many forms of wildlife to be found. Lately I've been trying to get there earlier and earlier; partly for the light (for photography) and also because I'm the only one in that vast space at least for awhile.
I captured some nice photos of this beautiful creature during my last visit. The rest are posted on my other blog here. Taking time to refresh, observe my surroundings and soak it all in. Loving the silence!
Hubby and I visited a nature preserve this weekend. I took over a hundred photos and am still going through them. I LOVED seeing all the wildlife. I'll have the rest of the photos on my other blog, In the Stillness, as I process them. Have a great weekend everybody!
This is so true! *sigh* My current obsessions (just off the top of my head): art journaling, photography, doll making, abstract painting...
I'm taking a year long photography course from Kim Klassen called Be Still 52. It's a wonderful, gorgeous course. It has definitely motivated me to explore my camera a lot more. The class started January 1 but I have plenty of time to catch up. There is one class a week. I have created another blog just for the photos I take for this course. It can be found here.
I do NOT consider myself a photographer by any stretch of the imagination. But I am learning and enjoying the process. The class is designed to get you to stop, breathe and enjoy the still moments. Here are a few photos I've taken from the course:
And speaking of new blogs, I ALSO started another blog just for my art journal pages. That can be found here. The image at the top of this post is my newest journal card. See? I TOLD you my Muse was promiscuous!
These various places to post also help me keep this blog mainly for my artwork. Each blog has an option to subscribe by email if desired. I don't post to any of these blogs every day but it helps keep me motivated to CREATE!
My hummingbirds are back! Yay! They make me so happy. They truly are magical little creatures. I love to sit and watch them flitter in and out of the feeders. So far they are behaving but every year there will be one who wants to claim all the feeders for itself and the fighting begins. *sigh*
I thought this scene could use a little creature so I added one in digitally:
I'm also excited about this new book of poetry I picked up the other day. I confess, the cover is what got me. But the verses inside are truly beautiful and inspirational. There will be many journal pages and paintings inspired by these verses.
Isn't that a cool cover? :) I will be entering this in Paint Party Friday when the link opens. Have a great weekend everybody.