1. Opium Poppy, 2. Amethyst, 3. Underwater Glow, 4. Aurora Borealis
I’m currently taking painting classes at my local community college. It’s great. I’m learning a lot and seeing improvement in my work every day. What I can’t seem to get away from is my preferred color palette. Purples, pinks, cool beiges, greens, greens and more greens. It just comes so naturally and I’m finding it very difficult to willingly stray from it. I find myself questioning whether I should, whether these colors are a bad habit and crutch or that if leaving them behind even temporarily would a step down the wrong road. The answer is really obvious. Learn how to use other colors, especially for flesh tones, but always keep my preferences in the back of my mind so as not to lose what makes my work mine.
I’ve never been one of those students or artists that believed education may dull whatever edge I could have, but I understand the idea. I think it happens when you have a combination of professors with overwhelming personalities/very specific art movement agenda around you and a young mind ready to be molded. Ha, I am not exactly old but I am not right out of highschool. Some of my painting habits, for better or worse, aren’t going anywhere.
Above is an image of color inspiration taken from my flickr favorites.
Below are some photos of concept ideas and student work I have uploaded to my scraps page.
During last semester’s painting class we had to keep a painting journal and try to develop concepts for future large scale painting. I’m not really sure how well it turned out, but it was nice working on something that didn’t feel like as large of a commitment as a canvas painting. It gave me a chance to experiment and concept out ideas that have been lurking in my head and find out whether they were a good or bad idea. I also attempted to transfer images from photos I’ve taken using acrylic mediums. That part didn’t turn out super great, but now I know that I still have a lot of trouble shooting to do.
The second to last image is actually an illustration assignment. It was made using gouache, india ink and watercolor with the wash out technique. You paint everything you want to appear in the final product using gouache paint than saturate the entire paper with india ink, let dry and rinse in the since. The remaining black areas are where the watercolor paper had been left untouched. I then touched up areas with watercolor because the gouache came up too much in some places.
The third to last image is a piece Jason, my husband, and I collaborated on for fundraising auction at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.