Archive for 2008

Tuscany in pigments and paints

A painting I have in progress: another Tuscan farmhouse scene, in a mix of acrylics and earth tone pigments. I’m struggling with where to go next. Maybe the sky will get some more color. Happy holidays!

Gold leaf icon

  For my last art class (experimental techniques in acrylic), the ‘experimental technique’ was gold leaf. Which immediately makes me think of Byzantine religious icons. At first I was trying to think up ways to incorporate the gold leaf into a cityscape like ones I’ve been working on recently, but in the end I decided […]

5 things

I was tagged by the lovely and talented Leah for a meme which involves writing a post on “five things you do that help keep you mentally well”. So here goes… 1. Creating things – writing, painting, drawing… it all works.2. Moving my body – when my body’s happy, my mind’s happy.3. Connecting with other […]

Signing up for a creative 2009

I enjoyed Art Every Day Month so much last month that I’ve decided to join in for Leah’s Creative Every Day Challenge for 2009. I’m looking forward to more interaction with the online community of creatives I’ve gotten to know over the past month.

Playing with pigments

Last night in my art class (Experimental Acrylic Techniques) we used pigments. The teacher brought in five or six natural pigments, which we mixed with water and medium to get a paint-like consistency. And then we painted. It took a little while to get used to the different qualities of the pigments, the varying coverage […]

Tuscany painting: done?

acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. I think this one is done, or close. I’m going to set it aside for a week or so and see how I feel about it after that.

AEDM month is over; now what?

Art Every Day Month was a blast. On one hand it seems like it flew by; on the other I feel like art has been a daily habit forever. I am so grateful for Leah and all the other creative folks I have gotten to know through this challenge. I have been so inspired by […]

AEDM day 30: more progress on Tuscany

Here we are, the last day of AEDM. I’ll write some more thoughts about this month tomorrow, but wow has it been a fabulous experience. Many, many thanks to Leah for organizing and inspiring us all. Today I made a little more progress on the Tuscany painting I started earlier this month. I made the […]

AEDM day 29: collage

I like the idea of collage, but I’m not very good (or experienced) at it. Anyway, in the spirit of trying new things for AEDM, I ripped apart a few magazines today and played around with it. At first I was looking for ‘images that appealed to me’ in the magazines, per instructions for a […]

AEDM day 28: cold nights in the city

Yesterday evening’s ‘Experimental Acrylic Techniques’ class was productive, if not quite in the intended way. The experimental material presented to us was white acrylic glaze, which we were to drizzle onto our paintings through a hole poked in the bottom of a plastic cup dangling from a string. The concept made me think of rain, […]

AEDM day 27: strange

Today just feels strange. The Christmas markets opened all over the city today, and the mood is festive and fun. At the other end of the spectrum, good friends of mine remain holed up in their hotel room in Mumbai, waiting for the terrorist attacks to be over. Oh, and it’s Thanksgiving. I’ll be celebrating […]

AEDM day 26: in Tuscany

It feels somehow decadent, to work on a new painting when I have so many others in progress that need finishing up. But I’m enjoying myself. This is the beginning of a Tuscan scene that I’ve wanted to paint for a while now. I think there will end up being a whole series of them.

AEDM day 25: more Volksbad

A million thanks for all of the thoughtful, helpful input I received on yesterday’s post. Your ideas have really helped invigorate me as I think about what to do next with those two paintings. Today I did a little more work on this little painting, including inserting the tree. I like the way it’s coming […]

AEDM day 24: stuck

I have been working on these two paintings on and off for the past couple weeks. With both of them I’ve reached the point where I don’t know what to do next. I know they both probably need some big changes before they are done, but I just am not seeing what those changes are […]

AEDM day 23: homage to my houseguest

As of today we have a very handsome visitor in our apartment. He’s so adorable I can’t stop staring at him. He was kind enough to pose for me as I completed today’s AEDM creation, which doesn’t begin to encompass his charm. Today was a very good art day. In addition to a couple cat […]

AEDM day 22: Eyeflowers

Our party yesterday evening went very well. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was a very fun crowd. It made me happy to realize how many wonderful people we have gotten to know in less than a year of living here. I received many complements on my paintings, which are hanging all over the […]

AEDM day 21: Volksbad in progress

I had to get today’s painting in early. Tonight I’m having a party, and the studio has to be cleaned this afternoon! I was hoping to have a few more paintings finished before today, but it is what it is. The building in the painting is the Volksbad, the local indoor swimming pool in my […]

AEDM day 20: Tuscan rooftops

Tonight I had my second painting class (Experimental Acrylic Painting Techniques), and the theme was Corrugated Cardboard. The texture of the cardboard immediately brings to mind rooftops in Italy for me, so I looked back through my photos to find some inspiration to bring with me to class. I used a couple different sizes of […]

AEDM day 19: blah

It had to happen sooner or later this month… I had a very blah art day today. I worked on two of my Munich paintings, and both of them look worse now than when I started the day. I didn’t feel like sharing them here today, so I figured I should do something else. Borrowing […]

AEDM day 18: more Munich

I think this first one is done. But maybe not. I’m going to put it aside for a couple days before I decide for sure. My palette was needing a cleaning, so I used up the remaining paint on it to start another painting – yep, another Munich scene. I’m hoping to have enough of […]

AEDM day 17: the view out my window

I started this little painting months ago and then forgot about it. Today I picked it back up and decided to start playing with it again. Working on it reminds me how much I like the view from my studio window, and how lucky I am to have such a wonderful studio to paint in.

AEDM day 16: painting along

Nothing too exciting to share today – just more slow progress on my Munich paintings. Halfway through Art Every Day Month, and I am wondering if I should keep this up for next month, too. It has been great to have an ‘excuse’ to work on my art projects each and every day, or to […]

AEDM day 15: progress

I continue to put in a little time on my two new Munich paintings daily. I want to have them finished in a few days. I also have a couple other paintings in progress which would be nice to finish next week. The excitement around here today is that we are finally hanging some of […]

AEDM day 14: painting with sand

So last night I went to my first experimental acrylic painting class. The teacher came in and announced today’s material would be sand. Then she had us each introduce ourselves and tell her what our expectations were for the class. Half the students admitted to never having used acrylics before. Then the teacher showed us […]

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