Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rembrandt

                                     My Art Journal Sept 24, 25

When I was visiting friends in Minneapolis this summer we went to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for their special show, Rembrandt in America. Paintings, sketches and lithographs done by Rembrandt had been gathered from around the US and displayed there. I happened upon the entry ticket and decided to do a couple of Rembrandt pages in my journal. The ticket is on the lower left page and I found some iconic Rembrandt images on line to add to my painting, stamping and stenciling. It's been great getting to experiment with some of my "toys" without fear of messing something up.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Journal Pages


Since I'm in between painting projects and I want to do more painting everyday, I've decided to start a daily painting journal. I can experiment with different paints and techniques. I can try out some stamps that I have in my collection and some that I have made. I've decided there will be no rules except to paint often and to have more fun. The fish stamps I made from a piece of foam egg carton. I will be making more of those, they are so easy to imprint with a pattern using a ball point pen and can be cut out with a scissors. I hope these pages will be a motivator to do larger paintings.
Last week end I was at the Florida Watercolor Society convention. I went to lots of demonstrations and especially enjoyed the one given by the show juror, Nicholas Simmons. He said we need to think and paint larger. It's the large paintings that grab the attention and we need to think of museum size not local  exhibition size. I may have to clean off some space on my painting table, it does tend to get cluttered. In the meantime, I'm off to do more journal pages.

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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.