Monday, April 30, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
I was trying something new. I did a modified Flemish technique with imprimatura, dead and color glazing layers. It's a long process, but it really gives a lot of depth at the end. I'm not sure I'll do it much, but it was really a great exercise.
12x12" acrylic on canvas
Thursday, April 26, 2007
But they are still fun. I've decided to do an entire series of dogs for this exchange - boxers to be more precise. They have such great faces, don't they? I'll have to try to get one of my dog, Oscar, in there, too - he's not really a boxer, just a suspected boxer mix. I think he shares enough characteristics to make up for it...
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 acrylic ink on 140lb cold press
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
She and my friend Maynelle probably had the hardest of the jobs, judging 4th - 9th grade entries. But, they pressed on and did a great job of it.
Of course, the most exciting news of the day is that my little J won 1st place in his class, for his giraffe sculpture,
and D won 3rd place for his army dog sculpture.
YAY!! You can read more about how they made their sculptures on their blog, Abderian Adventures.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
1. Hang some artwork in a gallery or art space, other than my own home...or the home of my mother.
Well – I’m not sure that Linda’s bathroom counts, but at least this isn’t hanging in MY house! (or the house of my mother…)
2. Continue to draw from life, concentrating on the figure.
Uh…sure. I’ve drawn from life, but rarely has it included an actual figure. Of a person. Okay – gotta work on this one.
3. Further refine my "voice". Take stock in the things that inspire me, to which I find myself drawn, and combine them in a way that is distinctly me.
I THINK I’ve been doing this – I think that my work has become more distinctly me, but I may not be the one to determine that. Would you recognize my work? I mean – I would, but I painted the darn things.
4. Write a coherent and succinct artist statement. One DONE!!! Yippee – have I posted it before? I don’t know, but here it is, now…
I find myself continually drawn to the sensual pleasures of art – the smell of paint, the feel of the brush in my hand, the sound it makes as it glides and skips across canvas. The act of painting transports me into a place of serenity and calmness. I am fascinated by bold, clean, clear colors and how they work to transform even the most mundane subjects into sublime and fantastic creations. I like to imbue my works with a sense of energy, as if the subject is resonating in the moment, by using a limited palette of primary colors along with texture and brushwork, and the incorporation of text. I desire that people view the subjects I paint in a new way – finding beauty and energy in something that is generally considered dull, quiet and immovable.
Cheesy? I don’t know. But it is done. True? I think so, and really – isn’t that what it is all about?
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Just finished!! This may be my favorite rendition of her so far. I took the photograph back in July at the Bele Chere art festival in Asheville, NC, and I've done a postcard in acrylic ink based on it - but this one was just too much fun.
6x12" acrylic on stretched canvas
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
pencil in large Moleskine watercolor sketchbook
6x12" acrylic on canvas