Thursday, August 04, 2011

A Collage

                                          Untitled Collage  6x8

 The last day of the workshop we were to work on an old painting to make a collage. All my old paintings are in FL so I got to pick one of Karen's as the background of my collage. By the time I was finished there was very little resemblance to her painting except some of the original colors. The dimensional effects of this work are not appreciated in the photo, which is too bad. We built our composition and then added the dark areas to draw the eye to the center of interest. I enjoy adding the little bits of "bling" at the end but I have to be careful not to overdo the calligraphy, gold ribbon, and gold dots. It's  hard to know if you're doing too much until it's too late.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Quilt Abstracts with a Silhouette

                             Frog Silhouettes In a Quilt Abstract 5x5 each.

On the third day of our workshop we used an abstract design and put in a subject of our choice. Some ideas for subjects were birds, leaves, people, fish, simple flowers, animals or symbols. The idea is to have two or more separate paintings that can be hung together or individually like the previous day's paintings were done. First we drew our abstract design and put a light wash of our colors on it. I had a photo of a frog that I manipulated on the computer until it was the right size and traced it to my paintings so that they would be the same on both paintings. The subject was placed into the abstract and then some areas were painted negatively around it. The darks were put in last to make the subject "pop".

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.