In early June this year, a childhood friend and professional artist inspired me to take an art class with Diane Culhane. The focus was on the garden as a subject, and it included learning six different acrylic surface treatments/techniques. Fascinating! Considering that I had never really painted a "real" painting before--or used acrylic paint, I was ready to jump in. Her class was fun, uplifting, informative, and very community oriented. The artists uploaded a photo of each piece they completed on a private FB page. Not only did my teacher make comments, but also the classmates. Everyone was so supportive and kind. And once I started painting, I couldn't stop. Another artist friend told me about artist Lynne Whipple's 100 Bad Paintings video on YouTube, who said, "YOu are going to make "100 Bad Paintings" so you had better get started! This idea can be applied to whatever you are interested in! Have no fear! It is supposed to look a little iffy when you first start on a new tangent! No judgement, get going!! Its all good!" And so this is the challenge! I'm posting my first 100 "Bad" paintings. As you slowly scroll down to view my art, you might notice changes in my style. Because this is my "learning curve," I do, however, reserve the right to omit a painting that is really um...you know, waiting for a paint-over. And I will be un-apologetic in this regard. I have two categories. Paintings on boards, which are in chronological order, and paintings in the little handy journal that I made. This journal is for trying out new techniques that I learn along the way and don't count in the 100 count down. Thank you for your support and kind thoughts.
Painting #1Afternoon Garden 8"X 8" Acrylic on plywood
I made an art journal, including designing the covers, and binding it. Mixed media on an old tee shirt over cardboard.
Painting #2Mountain Village at Night 8"X 8" Acrylic on plywood
Painting #3 &4 Cat in the Garden 10" X 10" Acrylic on plywood
Art journal. Masking with tape (the trees) and fluid (the flowers). Acrylic on paper.
Painting #6 Untitled, 12" X 12" acrylic on plywood
Art journal stippling and sgrafitto technique. Acrylic on paper.
Painting #7 Summertime Nighty, 10''X10" acrylic on plywood
Painting #8, Shy Rabbit, 14" X 9 1/2" acrylic on plywood
The second post of #8 I've cleaned up the painting a bit. Do you notice any changes? "Where is Willy?" ;-)
Less than a week ago, I received a book in the mail. A very special book indeed called, The Art of Daily Cultivation by Niya Christine. In 2013, Niya painted a painting every day, complete with a story line for each painting, for 365 days. She describes the decision she made for this daily painting endeavor as a "beckoning for change." Her work is exquisite, and she shows everything that worked and didn't work so well. Every day. I was so touched to hold this amazing creation in my hand, and couldn't understand why I was so emotional (I had to sit down and cry.) This book was about being spontaneous with paint on paper or canvas ; about claiming our hearts wishes and fulfilling them (with some discipline.) This was something that I had denied for a long time--artistic expression. And so now I'm beginning again, and I draw from inspiration and wake up every day with excitement. Spring has returned to my step. Painting just makes me happy.
Journal entries--Frottage, blowing blots, and splattering. notice the poppies on the left and the tiger lilies on the right.
Painting #9 Turtle Doves, 10"X10", acrylic on plywood
Painting #10 View outside my window. 10"X10" acrylic on plywood
Painting #11 Redwoods and Moon, 10"X10" acrylic on plywood
Thank God I like to use power tools to cut the boards, and sand. Here you see 12 boards drying after one coat of gesso on both sides. After it has dried, I'll paint another coat and sand the boards with a fine-grit sand paper. It might be "too much" for 100 "bad" paintings, but I think that it's important to preserve the integrity of the work, and practice as if it were "world class" art--I'm amused, because if that were the case, I wouldn't be painting on plywood with student paint...it's all Good. :-)
Painting #12 San Francisco Night-line. 9"X9" acrylic on plywood
Painting #13 Austrian Joy. 9"X9" acrylic on plywood
Painting #14 Wallflower Wallpaper. 4"X 3" acrylic on plywood
Sketching and shading skill development. While in fashion design school, I had a very difficult time with fashion sketches...my teacher drew little chat bubbles and the fashion models had their own dialogues, sometimes just with an exasperated expression, "Oy Vey!" But I think that times have changed...not from what you see here, but how I feel inside. I have a lot more happiness now, and confidence as well. And so I am developing a better sense of understanding about light and where it comes from when I paint.
Painting #15 Afternoon Garden 2. 6"X 9" acrylic on plywood
Painting #16 Sunflowers. 6"X 9" acrylic on plywood
Paintings #17, #18, and #19. Sunflowers. 9"X 9" acrylic on plywood
Art journal update: Rubbing alcohol as a "new technique" according to Susan Egbert in her book "New Techniques: Acrylic Layering" It does work. As you can see on the extreme left panel, I painted on thickly the red over the black and yellow. as well as the other two panels. I'm wondering how the alcohol archives on a long term. I hope that it doesn't make the synthetic/polymer molecules break down faster...it must, though, to allow the paint from the lowest layer to come through. Sorry--wish that I could be more scientific with having a before shot while it was wet. Next page is the wet on wet technique. Not feeling very comfortable with it yet, but I applied this technique to my most recent post of the three sunflower panels. If it didn't have the sgrafitto to hide behind, I think that I"d say that I need a lot of practice with this technique...maybe I"ll do a YouTube search to learn more about this.
Signature practice...still struggling with signing my paintings. Sorry--I closed the journal before the paint dried. Can't seem to find acrylic pens here in India...in the meantime, maybe I'll have a go at a YouTube search for how to "kick it old school." ;)
Paintings #20 and #21. Big Sky. 9"X 9" acrylic on plywood
Painting #22 Untitled, 9X9, acrylic on canvas board
Painting #23, 24, &25 Untitled, acrylic on boards
There's more to these paintings, I just didn't like the end result. ;)
This is a color grid, a part of my color theory learning--mixing of colors. It didn't quite turn out as I wished. The paint on the top layer is not as translucent as I wish--so it could reflect a better combination of colors than it does. Hmm...maybe I'll paint another.
Painting #26 Untitled, watercolor and mixed media
Painting #27 Untitled, watercolor and mixed media
Painting #28, Untitled, watercolor and mixed media
Painting #29 more watercolor and mixed media exploration
Painting # 30, White Cala Lilies and Red Delphinium, watercolor and mixed media
Painting #31, "Yes I did paint in my Bible," watercolor and mixed media
Painting #32 Untitled, watercolor
Painting #33, Untitled, watercolor and colored pencil
Painting #34, Effervescent Love, watercolor
Painting #35, Space, watercolor