Jul 26, 2010

Once: Part IV - and a new studio!

30" x 40" oils, in progress

I moved into my new studio today! I've included some pictures below.

It's been weeks since I've worked on Once but I needed a bigger space to be able to work on it productively, which is why today is a special day. It was so incredibly nice to have a large space to work in, one in which I didn't have to worry about hitting my head on the low sloping attic ceilings. Today has been a long time in coming. I'm looking forward to having a real studio space in which to produce paintings.

A blurb about today's painting: Once has gone through numerous transformations in color and composition. Today was all about simplifying the color zones and softening edges that were previously very hard. Who knows what the next session will bring? I'm liking the color-field feeling in this one though, especially in the large 30x40" size.

a yummy texture close-up

walking through the entrance of my new studio

a "must-have" for me

the initial work area

my friend

Jul 20, 2010

Star Watch

8" x 16" oils
In college, I just about minored in astronomy. However, I got engaged and decided to be done paying tuition, so I simply finished my Bachelor of Fine Arts. I still love astronomy, and it finds its way into my art now and again.
I recently spent a week at a church Girl's Camp and I was in charge of conducting a Star Watch with the girls, teaching them constellations, etc.
Yesterday while I was sketching and thinking, a sketch very close to Star Watch came out and today I decided that it would become a painting. The meandering white line along the bottom is in charcoal and it's an oversimplified gesture of the ocean's movement. No need for details in this one.