Monday, August 16, 2010

Playing with the Paints

Here is my newest rooster. Where do they come from? I don't even like roosters! But part of the attraction are that they are fun to draw.

This one is a watercolor monoprint, the second pull from a plate that I painted at Hemlocks Studio last month. Hemlocks has been a great treat/re-treat place for me these past few years. A quiet cottage in the NC mountains filled with creative, talkative, wonderful women.

I spent my days at Hemlocks learning about paint and color and value. I don't usually consider myself a painter, but I think that one form or media informs the others.

In fact there was also some dyeing and felting. Here is a dyed, felted, over-dyed scarf made in a workshop with Chad Alice Hagen in Pittsburgh on one of the hottest days of the year. Yes! Let's hear it for steaming hot, wet wool!

And yes, these pix are in reverse order!

So this summer there are watercolor monoprints, wet wool, and abstract paintings, but so far no clay monoprints. Hopefully that'll change in the next week or so because a deadline looms and I've got to get some work made for a show in October.

More later.

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"Color is the real substance for me, the real underlying thing which drawing and line are not."
--Sam Francis

"The great man is one who never loses his child's heart."
-- Philosopher Mencius

"We wear our attitudes in our bodies."
-- Patti Davis

Colour embodies an enormous though unexplored power which can effect the entire human body as physical organism.

Colour is a means of exercising direct influence upon the soul.
--V. Kandinsky
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way.. things I had no words for.
Georgia O'Keeffe

Nothing is really work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Faith is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
E. L. Doctorow

Somebody once said that people become artists
because they have a certain kind of energy to release, and that rings true to me.
--Dale Chihuly