I found this great website belonging to watercolor artist Mark Stewart. Here you can see examples of his fantastic paintings and he also shows three different step-by step watercolor demonstrations. A great help to people like me with watercolor deficiencies!
Trying to put everything into some kind of order in my studio so I can start out the new year feeling a little bit organized. One area still showing a glaring weakness...watercolor! I can't believe the number of attempts and the number that ended up in the 'nice try' pile. I should give myself an 'A' for persistence though!! Here's one that came close to what I was trying to do.
Belinda Del Pesco is an artist that I love to follow. She works in art areas that I find so exciting. At any given time you can see fun monotypes, collagraphs, woodcuts plus great watercolor paintings.
Mary Mark is an artist who creates wonderful reduction linocuts and pastel paintings. She is probably one of the foremost lino artists in the country. She lives and works out of a 120 year old church in New Richmond, Ohio. Her website http://www.marymark.com/WelcomePage.htm shows some of her pieces and also has a section explaining the process.
I've spent the last few days watching my first grandson while number two was born. I'm still thinking that I'm too young to be a grandfather! Levi came into this world at 8 pounds 12 ounces. That's making your presence know!
I have mentioned scratchboard art and how much I enjoyed the different times I've attempted a drawing in earlier posts. If you would like to see how it is properly done, visit this Youtube clip of Canadian artist Al Weitzel creating a beautiful wolf piece.
Spent the last five days in Baltimore, or more specifically, Annapolis. I went to the Navy, Air Force football game to see Kriss Proctor. I coached him here in Big Bear, so quite a treat seeing him play. The game didn't turn out as I would have hoped, but I enjoyed seeing the academy and what Kriss' life is like now.
Not much time for art except a quick watercolor study.
Our little group played the other night in the Battle of the Bands. We weren't part of the competition, just the closing music while the judges were voting on the bands. It's great to play with these guys because they are the most popular teachers in Big Bear which means we can do no wrong!! Battle Night
Well...not so easy for me but love watching someone who makes it look like it is. I've mentioned before that I have become a huge fan of Sterling Edwards. I have a few of his DVD's and hope to attend one of his workshops in the near future. He does his paintings with so little effort and so fearlessly. Works with big brushes and paints with loose bold colors. Just fun!
The recent fires in Southern California brought back memories of 2007 and the fire in our mountain area. Thousands of acres burned and mountain communities effected. Big Bear was evacuated and we spent many days with my son and daughter in law. Knock on wood...this fire season has been a bit calmer.
Big Bear Fire - Acrylic painting on Arches watercolor paper
While I'm on this pastel high and drooling over wonderful paintings created by fantastic artist, another site to mention belongs to Paul Bosman. Another artist who's roots are in Africa but now lives in the United States, his works are in oil, acrylic and some beautiful pastels. His colors are so subtle, yet draw you right into the picture.
Reading one of my older art books, I happened upon some pastel paintings by an artist named Dino Paravano. He paints all kinds of subjects in oil, acrylic and pastels. His wildlife work done in pastels is what especially caught my attention. Truly fantastic. He lives in Arizona presently, but grew up in Africa which shows in his work. Time well spent on his website.
My friend and artist from the Pacific Northwest (Lopez Island) Anne Karp started working with pastels again and got me interested in working with them also. They allow such a fast paced session and are so forgiving of my lack of drawing talent. On the left is a beautiful pastel by Janet Sullivan, an artist from Montana. Below is one of Anne's and one that I did.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I found an artist that produces such fantastic art that I had to try one of her scratchboard subjects. Thanks for a wonderful practice subject and session C. Sheeter and I. Villi (reference photo).
A monoprint is a single impression of an image made from a reprintable block, such as a metal plate used for etching, a litho stone or wood block. Rather than printing an edition of multiple copies of a single image, only one impression may be produced, either by painting or making a collage on the block. ~Wikipedia~
I am finally almost done reworking my studio area. Should not have taken this long but I procrastinated with the best of them on this project. The drums and guitars in the other part of the room were way too inviting!
Just to feel like I wasn't neglecting art completely, I did do another small scratchboard.
Matt brown is the printmaker that inspired me to start making my first prints. I happened upon him giving a demonstration at a fair in one of the New England states ( can't remember which one now). I go to his website http://www.ooloopress.com/index3.html and blog periodically to see what new prints he has created. He works with multiple blocks and on my last visit, I see that he is getting much more intricate with his technique.
I studied art many, many years ago, then drifted away from it pursuing a living. Ten years ago, through a love for photography, I revisited my art and creative side.
In this new adventure, I discovered printmaking. Linocuts and woodblock work hold so many surprises for me.
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