Sunday, October 12, 2008


I spent the morning painting. Sometimes, you just have to set priorities. As you can see, I started out drawing the SHAPES with my vis-a-vis pen onto a square canvas that I covered with hand painted collage paper and stained Indian Red (I was covering up a very ugly painting) I finished up with a painting I wouldn't describe as a dominant shape image. I will count it as shape since I started with shapes. I guess I really like broken color and lost edges. The other problem was the brushes I was using didn't create crisp edges. I probably would need to use good quality for that kind of precision. I avoid my best brushes with acrylic so as not to ruin then accidentally. Lame excuses, I know, but I have to put the blame somewhere!

Had fun, learned some things and had a productive morning. That's what it is all about.

Tomorrow I continue with my workshop. We will do day 3, 4 and 5 this week. Keep sending in your Frenchman Shape paintings. I have received some great ones and will create a slide show on Friday before I leave for Ocean Shores.


RHCarpenter said...

This ia a very strong painting - in your face with his stare. I like it. Just think what you could do if you were using good brushes!

Rita Sklar said...

I love the colors. Why did you decide to use acrylics? What kind did you use? Was the collage paper painted with acrylics as well?

Cecelia said...

When I was teaching, I bought some good brushes, a lot of cheap ones for the kids who would never wash their brushes and let their paint dry in them, and on everything else. I worked late almost every night, cleaning up everything!
I tried to have separate brushes for watercolors, acrylics, tempera, etc. We didn't use oils as we had such limited time and space.
For myself, I do keep my brushes separate, but I make sure that I clean them thoroughly after use.
In college, my art prof would let me use her personal paints because I was so neat and took such good care of my materials. I tried to instill that in my students, too. Things will last a lot longer that way, and they will continue to work properly longer.

Anonymous said...

wow, wow, wow, I love this one and also oct 3rd is inspiring.

Mary Crowell

Myrna said...

Rita, I paint in acrylics on canvas. I also sometimes paint acrylics on YUPO and watercolor paper. I prefer the more liquid form than the tube form. I will be checking out the "Open Acrylics" next. I hate the dried paint that I waste. My collage papers are painted with diluted acrylic. Hope that answers some of your questions.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Oh yummy. I love it. Whata lucky workshop bunch! Enjoy.

Nancy Standlee said...

Love what you did with the acrylics and please let us know your experience with the Opens. I've received a few samples but was put off by the statement to wait 30 days to varnish. Canvas by Canvas may try to do a small collaborative piece with them. Again love your bright colors.

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