Monday, September 27, 2010

Via Arte

Once again this year I'm a participating artist in the VIA ARTE ITALIAN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL, a local art festival whose main purpose is to raise money for local art educational programs. If you are not  familiar with street painting, it's where a large pavement area is blocked off, artists are given squares (mine is 7x7) and over the course of two days a fantastic piece of art is created using pastel chalk. There will be music and fun for all. I have two weeks to come up with my art project for this year. There is a certain feeling of liberation in knowing that no matter how great or how awful the chalk pastel art project comes out, in the end, rain or wind or traffic... will wipe it all away. The only drawback is that last year it took a deep tissue massage to work out the kinks in my back from working bent over on my knees for so long. I can't wait!

Quote of the Day:   
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. ~ Helen Keller

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Beeswax Art Cards

Okay, so I've been having fun with the beeswax projects lately. Ended up having a blast making mixed media art cards using beeswax, actually using many layers of different mediums but topping it off with beeswax. It's very addicting, not only the way it lays down, but also the smell. Hmmm, smells like honey when it's warm...just a very nice medium to work with. I also like the surreal look it gives the art. There is almost a dreamlike quality to the image after beeswax is applied. My only problem right now is keeping my cat from pulling the beeswax warming pot off of my studio table !! That is a disaster I would not want to explain to the veterinarian !  I know many artists add pigment to the beeswax but so far I just really like the natural coloring, maybe I'll add color later. I will be putting these art cards on my ETSY shop this evening but here are a couple samples of the finished work in a Halloween theme, of course:

Quote of the Day:   We did not change as we grew older;  we just became more clearly ourselves.     
~Hall   

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Juried Art Show

More on the beeswax experiments later......
I'm posting the three paintings that I'm entering into the Art Expo juried art show in Pasadena. Juried shows are odd birds, a bit subjective, but I enter them on the outside chance that my work is the "it" work of the day. I never paint to the show (too much pressure) but instead I like to choose what I believe are three of my best pieces from recent months. The three I chose vary in style but each are my present favorites. Even though I favor the primitive, folk type of work, I've been revisiting  more traditional painting lately. The landscape  is a product of that traditional exploration.  The snow scene is sold but my wonderful customer has gracefully allowed me to keep it through the show.

Quote of the Day: I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless. - Bette Davis

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Beeswax

I can feel fall in the air and it feels good. Today is a classical music day in my studio, windows open wide, faint breeze...  I'm heading into a project with a hot cup of coffee in hand. I like mixed media and once in a while I like to stretch outside of my comfort zone and add another element to my mixed media bag. Today, it's beeswax. I'm such a novice on the use of beeswax, it's too funny! But I have a 2 lb block of the stuff and an old iron and when I finish today, well, not sure what I will end up with. When and if this still unknown project comes to life, I'll post a photo here.