'I live on a rural road named "Dawnwood." And yesterday I posted a photo of what is a common occurrence early in the morning as I reach for that first cup of coffee and look out the window. So this afternoon in getting ready for the Philomath Open Studio Tour, I painted a small 7x7 memory of yesterday's sunrise. Makes me smile, and hope you are smiling, as well. Isn't nature amazing?
This time of year I tend to go into a tailspin as I watch the days fly by and the calendar between now and Philomath Open Studio Tour shortens. I have started a to do list which seems to be never ending.
It is amazing the behind the scenes work that each participating artist accomplishes not only in prep for their opening their studio, but assuring that each studio on the Tour is a unique experience for visitors.
Each year I have a guest artist and this year, Jennifer Lommers, will be here to share her work, her process and the story behind her amazing mixed media work.
Over 40 artists are participating in the 2018 Tour and you can get a preview of what you'll see along the backroads in and around Philomath, OR. Jennifer and I invite you to visit the Philomath Open Studio website.
Hope to see you on the Tour!
After a winter of a jammed back, cluttered studio, I spent the weekend getting things in order so I could actually get back to work. AND THEN....just as I started this piece, my easel literally exploded. Springs went flying, top rail which holds my surface landed in pieces. So after rigging things back together, I painted this quick floral. Started with acrylic, applied pastel ground and then finished with pastel.
Today's efforts in the studio. Again started with Rives BFK paper. Toned it with crumbled saran wrap and fluid acrylics: turquoise, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Quin Burnt Orange and Pyrolle Red. Used some compressed charcoal and a stick of Creatacolor 49500, which I have no idea what it is! Set this all with rubbing alcohol and started to apply hard and soft pastels. Excited about the possibilities.
THE WILD ONES!
Started with a small piece of BFK RIVES. Using fluid acrylics and scrunched up saran warp I toned the surface. I hate having to clean brushes and worry about managing acrylic residue in my septic system. So the saran wrap got the paint on the surface along with brushlike strokes. I started thinking sunflowers! Used Burnt Sienna, Quin Nickel Anzo Gold and Turquoise Phthalo.
Used some compressed charcoal to get more darks and create some lines. Brushed over with alcohol and like how it neutralized some of the color. The I added a layer of Golden Pastel gGround. Selected just a few pastels that varied in hardness and value, but kept the initial color scheme in mind. Later on added in some hints of yellow green and purple to spice things up!
Happy with the results! And the only brush I had to clean was the one I used to apply the pastel ground.