Friday, August 26, 2011

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, The Wrap-Up

The postcard swap has been fun. I sent off cards of my artwork with a little note on the back. Then, every few days, I’d get a delightful surprise in the mail – a new postcard with a wonderful image on the front and a note on the back. All the cards came from artists I hadn’t met yet, either in person on online, but each one is unique and fascinating. I’ve received 6 wonderful cards from nearby states to as far away as Australia.

See the postcards...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Drawing Exercises

I love drawings of all kinds – graphite, ink, black & white, color. Doesn’t matter. I love a gorgeous expressive line. Is it any wonder I was a drawing major in college?

Read about my quick draw marathon...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Throwing My Toys Out Of The Pram

When I’m working on an artwork, it always seems to go like this – it starts out great and I’m jazzed about working on something new. There’s an initial ramp-up period where I fumble a bit, but once I get into a rhythm with the new work, things hum along.

Then about half way through, the painting stops cooperating. It doesn’t respond to what I’m doing. I don’t know what it needs and every thing I do seems to make it worse. I call it “those awkward teenage years”. It’s just a phase. A little perseverance and patience, and we all come out better than when we started. 

Yesterday, I was working on a collage. I had started it about a year ago and set it aside when I ran out of ideas. I picked it back up yesterday and decided to try a different approach.