Sunday, March 20, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Learned how to stretch canvas over a frame I made, like having the control to tighten the canvas extra tight! Stretching my own canvas is the way to go, since I like to paint big. Shit is very expensive to buy already assembled, and I would like to try different materials as canvas. School starts back this week, I feel refreshed and ready to spend some serous time in the metals studio, and crank some frames out in the wood shop. Here are some process shots, the dancer is on the frame I made and canvased, thanks for showing me how Cory! Have a great day everyone.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
It has been quite a while since I last posted. The short version is I am back in school, this time pursuing a studio degree in art, with a focus on metals, painting and printmaking. Being self-taught, this experience is a dream come true. Surrounded by talented professors and students, I feel very alive and challenged, having access to a 30,000 sq ft multi media studio is a good thing! I am learning technical aspects in painting that are helping my eye become more sensitive to light, color, and form. painting slow and with intention are new concepts for me, I am committed to learning several styles, Currently glazing is what I am practicing, the building of thin layers, using the white canvas to push the light through the color. I admit it is very frustrating for me to work in this method. it is slow and methodical, you have to wait for the layers to dry. After the frustration passes however, I see the results, and began to have intention with every stroke of the brush. That's another thing, I am teaching myself to use brushes! Imagine that, well it is possible, and not having to worry about whether i will die from soaking cadmium into my skin is nice also. I am taking a metals one class, and have started to investigate the ring form. Most of the work I am teaching myself, watching the advanced students and asking lots of questions. Here are some samples of last weeks work. The rings are in varoius stages of finishing, experimenting with an ammonia sawdust tobacco bury. The green ring has a flame patina with cupric nitrate wash. The painting is still being built up, I am painting over an old painting of a chair that I did that wasn't all that. Oh yes, hello again:), if your have followed my blog in the past, and welcome if you are new. Please feel free to comment and leave feedback, critiques are welcome, don't worry I got thick skin, and I am committed to learning all I can in my field!