I am challenging myself to work on my art every day and create a minimum of 2 finished pieces each week. My intention is to explore ideas and techniques and push myself beyond my comfort zone. I will be working in a series with several different images. My interests at this time are drawing, line, texture and color. I will be posting exercises and challenges for myself and any others who wish to join in the Creativity Journey.
|THE CLAN #11|
Well, maybe not Waldo, but can you find my Clan in this painting? This is an abstract painting as opposed to a non-representational painting, because the shapes are abstracted from my original image. This is the only way I can successfully create what appears to be no recognizable subject. I have to start with something. This way, I can design my shapes, create a value plan, decide what textural materials I wish to work with, pick a limited palette and then see what develops. There are still plenty of surprises but I having so many things already decided leaves my mind free to focus on what is happening on the page as I execute my plan.
This painting was based on an idea in Mary Todd Beam's book Discover Your Creative Self. I love this book because something interesting always happens but my work looks nothing like hers. This painting has some aluminum foil collage with soft gel medium, some coarse salt and I used Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus liquid watercolor paint mixed with Golden's GAC 200. I was able to get gorgeous transparent glazes with this method that will stick to aluminum foil as well as the gel medium.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 12:20 AM