Monday, December 29, 2014
What a wonderful way to finish up the year...I just received an email today that this painting will be in the Incite 3 book which is a series like Splash but featuring mixed media work. I have to photograph the work before January 16th. Fortunately, the painting is going to be in the CWA National exhibition which is local to me, so I can make the deadline with the generous cooperation of a few people involved in the exhibition. After reading the photography requirements, I am going to do it myself with my new iPhone 6 plus. It has 8 megapixels capability and amazingly color accuracy. I downloaded a great app called Camera+ which allows me to control the settings with more sophistication.
In my last post, I promised to publish my artistic goals for 2015. It is only a goal if you write it down. Keeping it in your head doesn't count! As I have mentioned on numerous occasions, I try to focus on a limited number of aspects and explore as many of the variations as I can come up with. So here is what I have decided to work with for 2015:
1. Explore mono-printing. I have done some in the past year or two but I want to be able to "visualize" the result in advance and not have everything be a lucky accident or a total surprise.
It will just take lots and lots of "doing" for me to get some predictability. The great thing about collage papers is they all can be used in some way or another, so no fear of messing up or wasting supplies. Some of the papers will be incorporated into my portraits and others will inspire me in new directions.
2. I am a book-a-holic! This year, I am going to take one book, 80@80, the Paintings of Michael Morgan, and study his texture techniques (there is no description in the book how he does it, so it will be hit and miss, trial and error) his color schemes, compositions and value patterns. Michael Morgan is an English landscape painter and it will be interesting to see how I can translate into portraiture what I glean from his work. The color schemes, compositions and value patterns will show up in the mono prints.
3. I want to have more than one image in each painting. I have been collecting different ideas for this idea on Pinterest. You can see what I have so far to inspire me on the board "Double Exposure"
4. I plan to explore the idea of partially obscured imagery that I am calling "Lost and Found" for lack of a better description. Again, Pinterest has been very helpful as a place to collect inspiration.
5. The last focus for the coming year will be to consciously create an 80%/20% contrast dominance
with the various elements in the painting.
I hope this gives all of you some inspiration to devise your own set of challenges for the coming year. I would love to hear what ideas you will be working on. Be sure and share.
Thank you all for your generous support of my efforts this past year through your comments on my blog. I hope everyone has a healthy, creative and joyous new year!
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 4:50 PM