Thursday, March 29, 2012

Portland Day Trip.....

I headed up to Portland today to visit my dear friend Valerie. After lunch we stopped to see the art at Lane Gallery and spent some time talking with Gila about her gallery, the art, and the upcoming show On The Line.

Inspired and ready for more art, we ventured on to visit with Valerie's artist friend
Joanne Licardo at her studio........

What an amazing old warehouse full of creative artists!

And quite the view of the city out the studio windows!

The stairways are a work of art all on their own.

Gratitude for old friends and new friends......

And so happy to have this new addition to my kitchen.....
"Festive Flowers III"
8x8 oil
by Celeste Bergin

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday painting workshop....

I've been expanding my acrylic adventure by taking an "After Beginners Painting Class with Cynthia Herrron at her studio.
Cynthia is an excellent teacher with so much knowledge to share. Her demos are fascinating to observe as she shares her sketchbook studies and the inspiration that leads her to
the creation of a painting.In this workshop had the assignment to pick a master painting to reproduce as a study to learn from. Pictured below is one of the many examples Cynthia shared with us.

To get an accurate study, we started with tracing our chosen piece and transferring it to our canvas using the grid method.

My choice was "Flower Mart", an 1890 oil on canvas
by Theodore Clement Steele

I am learning alot about handling a brush and mixing's a good stretch for me from working with pastels. It's also been a great study in composition, value, color, edges, and the painting process.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring Woodland

"Spring Woodland"
18x12 pastel
on black art spectrum paper

What a great feeling it is to create and share this love of art!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Acrylic Painters BOOT Camp - Week 5

This week was our last session of Acrylic Painters BOOT Camp with Corrine Loomis Dietz. We spent some time looking at what we had created, and learning from the investigating we had done. I chose to use the technique that we did with our eggplant studies in Week 3 with negative painting, and I did a one of my favorite landscapes.....That Peaceful Place again....

My plan was to let the first layer dry, then add glazes with color over the top. Well, I did fine with the first layer, however I learned a lesson on the glazing. I should have given the OPEN acrylics more time to dry before jumping in to do the color glazes. I ended up lifting off some paint! I will continue to try to rescue the study.......and I will try again to see if I can accomplish the effect I want. New posts on this journey when I have something successful to show!

It was a great workshop, a wonderful way to spend time with my daughter Rachel. I'm excited about all I have learned about acrylics and the mediums and gels. More "tools in my toolbox" as my husband Robby would say.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Portland Art Museum

We toured the Rothko exhibit today at the Portland Art Museum...

Deanna, Leslie, and Denise pictured in front of a Portland Heritage Tree that was planted in 1880.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Acrylic Painters BOOT Camp - Week 4

This week we investigated working with wet and dry media. Starting with a manganese blue hue, we painted the surface of our paper, then after it dried we applied a layer of coarse molding paste. It was a fun to play with colored pencil, open acrylics, and pastel over the top of this ground.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Week 3 - Acrylic Boot Camp

This week we continued our investigation into Golden OPEN acrylics, by first sealing the acrylic paper with GAC100. After letting it dry, we put a layer of Golden OPEN paint (a mixture of transparent red iron oxide and van dyke brown). Then the fun began and continued for a good hour....those OPEN acrylics stay workable for a long time, especially when the paper is sealed. It was a process of negative painting, and moving the paint around to find the proper values.

Eggplant study
8x10" acrylic

Saturday, March 3, 2012

KAA March 2012 Art Show....

" Silver Creek"
17 X 11" pastel
Is currently on exhibit at Enid Joy Mount Gallery in Keizer.
Here is the liquid acrylic underpainting on Wallis paper....

Then came the first layers of pastel....

Here is my reference photo...

For more information about this show and upcoming shows through Keizer Art Association go to....

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Week 2 - Acrylic Painters BOOT Camp...

My daughter Rachel and attended Week 2 of our Acrylic Painters BOOT Camp with Golden Working Artist Corrine Loomis Dietz this week. We investigated Golden Heavy Body Acrylics and building textures with Heavy Matte Gel. My Pear study on Acrylic paper

Rachel's pear study, also on acrylic paper.