Category Archives: Acrylic

A Retrospect of an Artist

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October 18,2014

October 18,2014

 What happened on Saturday night, October 18th?

The middle of  October, Art Beat on Main Street in Vista, Ca. had a reception for our dear friend  Maxine Custer.   The entire show has been in the making for months, and was spearheaded by another dear friend, LaRetta Small Zamora.  It became clear recently that LaRetta needed the help of three of the Fabulous Five Divas to pull it together.  That meant that with the exception of Maxine providing her paintings for the show, the remaining four of us needed to share in the pulling it together!

Only part of the food!

Only part of the food!

And…..

After dividing up the catering responsibilities between Karin deBaay, Susan Kopp, LaRetta, and myself it made it much easier on LaRetta, and was actually fun.  One person would have gone crazy…ier than they already were, so it worked out perfectly.

Maxine Custer, LaRetta Small Zamora

Maxine Custer, LaRetta Small Zamora

After placing announcements on Facebook, and group emails, not one of us even had a clue as to how many people might show up. So many invitations went out, that we lost count.   But we were ready for a fabulous party!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, you missed a great party, but you still will be able to see the show!

Time Out for Art

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Mixed Media

Mixed Media

I’ve been experimenting with some new ideas lately, and this is one of them.  I particularly like the pencil showing in my sketch, and the stencil work in the corners with molding paste.

Time out for Art has been inspired by Zebra Designs & Destinations.  

Time Out for Art!

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Today being Thursday, it’s once again Time Out for Art Day!  I thought I’d throw in a little abstract painting I did a couple of years ago.   Maybe I’m trying to inspire myself to keep painting, or maybe it’s an attempt to get some of you to paint abstractly.  Abstract painting is  fun, and it finds its own way….

Sunshine of the Lake

Sunshine of the Lake

Time Out for Art has been inspired by Zebra Designs & Destinations, I know you’ll find them as inspiring as I do!

A Week in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Colorful planters in Santa Fe

Colorful planters in Santa Fe

Wow,  I can hardly believe that I was once again in this magical place! Sure I was here for an art workshop, and I got to show my husband Les all the wonderful things I had previously  found. I also got to explore with him new things, and places.
Since my day included 8 hours of art, I really didn’t have much energy, or time left to explore the galleries. I was exhausted by the end of the day, and Les wanted to explore. So we explored restaurants, music, a few galleries, and even a few retail shops!  Isn’t it funny how you have to check out places like Costco, Wal-Mart, or even TJMax when going to a new place…..just to see if the stuff is the same?  Well, we did check out TJMax, and Ross.  Actually I didn’t think they were as good as here, but you know how you have to hit them at the right time, I guess we didn’t!

The first painting.

The first painting.

The workshop was given by Cathy Carey, and was the best workshop I think I’ve ever taken. I say this because Cathy is a master of color, and this was the beginning of her classes. Now, I  know  color, I love color, but not like Cathy, and my feeling is it never hurts to hear color theory, or any other theory even one more time. I learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and met some incredible women in the workshop.

Since I haven’t painted in a very long time, my first painting was stiff, and unsatisfying.  By the time the second painting rolled around, it started out stiff, and soon I was able to loosen up and have fun with color.

Magic Trees

Magic Trees

After finishing my second painting of trees, it was time to try something really new, so impasto here I come! Inspired by a clay rabbit sitting on the hearth in the living room, I created this very interesting “Magic Rabbit.”  I have to make some adjustments since I thought his nose looked more like a rat than a rabbit, but here is the abstract, rather colorful, impastoed rabbit.

Strange and Unusual

Strange and Unusual

While the impasto on the rabbit dried enough to work on it, I decided to try something really different….

I was inspired by an artist by the name of Egon Schiele, who impressed me with his strange and quirky style, so I shamelessly made an attempt at copying one of his paintings.

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By Friday when the workshop was over, I was on overload.  There is so much to think about, maybe that’s my problem, I over think so much!  I loved the workshop, the magical place I was fortunate enough to be able to paint in, and the music and wonderful restaurants.

What could be better?

Until next time, have a great week!

 

 

Riding the Southwest Chief!

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Where are you going now?

Tomorrow, Les and I are boarding the train for Sante Fe, New Mexico. This will be my second trip to SF on the train, and Les’ first train trip ever. I’m excited to once again travel by train, but Les doesn’t know what to expect.
As a child my family use to travel back to Michigan each year by train. Mother, and all of us kids would pack up, dad would drive us to the station, and off we’d go. It was one of my favorite childhood memories!  Then at the end of three weeks, my dad would fly out, get a new Chevrolet (he was a General Motors man), and we’d have a three-week road trip back home.  We had some amazing vacations from the Mid-West to California with lots of interesting stops along the way.  Again one of my favorite childhood memories!

Name that train?

This time we board the Southwest Chief for Sante Fe, & stop at a few places on the way…  Since we travel all night to arrive at Ramy, a little whistle stop twenty minutes out of SF, Albuquerque is the first  stop I remember making.

Riding the Chief…

Why do you like the train?

Of course I have great childhood memories, but I also love the train because there are things to see that you certainly couldn’t see by plane, or driving.  The people are great, and from all walks of life, I love that part.  So for me it’s an experience I just can’t pass up!

I know, but why are you going?

My friend Cathy Carey is holding a week-long painting workshop.  Cathy is a wonderful Modern Impressionist artist, who I have admired for many years.  I’ve taken her classes before, but this is a special workshop.  One that is being held in beautiful Sante Fe, an artsy town that every artist would love to spend time in.  Me included!  Since it’s easier to travel with acrylics, that is the medium I’m using for this workshop.

It will be interesting to see what this trip holds for both of us, and you can bet I’ll be letting everyone know how much fun we have.

Thank you for stopping to read my post, I hope you’ll be back to hear more about my Artsie Fartsie trip!

 

Another Finished Project!

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Stool Pigeon Bar Stool

Stool Pigeon Bar Stool

A couple of months ago, before our trip to Russia, the gallery I belong to decided to have a  fundraiser  benefiting young artists.  Of course,  I volunteered to participate, and in doing so was committed to creating three chairs.

My first thought was…..that’s a huge commitment, how on earth am I going to do this, more importantly why did you do this?  Knowing we were leaving on vacation, the word crazy even crossed my mind.

My second thought was… I needed to  frequenting the yard sales on Saturday, and Sunday.  My husband, and I spent all day looking for just the right chairs to use for this project.  He asked me exactly what I was looking for?  Isn’t that a silly question coming from the husband of an artist?

How the hell should I know what I’m looking for, I’ll know it when I see it!

So off we went, neighborhood by neighborhood scanning each garage sale, checking for chairs…any chairs.  Boy did we find  interesting chairs.  One man had the most beautiful hand crafted, wood chair I have ever seen. It clearly was out of my price range, but more importantly I would never alter it in any way.  Another sale featured rattan fan back chairs which I have always loved, but I knew if I bought it, it would never see the inside of any gallery in my lifetime.

Childs beach chair

Childs beach chair

We kept looking, and my husband was so patient with me.  A friend of mind who lives around the corner, was selling two oak bar stools, they caught my eye.  Not exactly chairs, but if they held a butt, that was good enough for me!  She only wanted $5. for each of them.  I bought only one, and now I’m sorry I didn’t get the other one.  Needless to say, since I was altering the stool, I picked the worst, most worn stool.  I must be a glutton for punishment!

Rattan Doll Chair

Rattan Doll Chair

Onward to the next house…..

After combing many neighborhoods, I spotted a childs Sponge Bob Square Pants beach chair.  This adventure had been going on  for quite some time,  so I had my husband stop.   The lady wanted $3. for it, and how could I complain about that?  That made my second chair.

Keep going…..

Finally late in the day, as we were trying not to get discouraged, I spotted a small rattan chair.  Not big enough for a child, I realized it must be a doll chair.   After talking to the lady, I purchased the little Rattan doll chair for $2.  that did it,  we were finished!

That was quite a day, and after all said and done, a successful day at that.  Once we got the chairs into the back yard, I put a big drop cloth on an outside table, and began to spray all three chairs with white primer.  Sponge Bob was the most resilient, he just didn’t want to leave, but the rest were easily covered.  One thing let to another, and I had my project about a third of the way through by the end of the day.  Not a bad day if I do say so myself!

The legs of the stool have been crackled for a different effect,  I decorated the rungs with stenciled tissue paper, and my husband thought it would be fun to put a pigeon to the stool, and call it a Stool Pigeon.  So I sketched a pigeon, zetangled it, used acrylic medium to adhere it onto the top of the stool, and it blended into the background just as I planned.

Bar Stool recreated

Bar Stool recreated

Our vacation came and went, and the deadline for the chairs was extended another month.  That was a relief, since I returned home from vacation with bronchitis, and didn’t really have the energy to work on my projects.

Last Tuesday with all three of my chairs finished, I drove them down to the gallery for the fundraiser.  It felt so good to get them finished and I thought you might want to see them.

 

Thank you for taking time to visit, and read my blog.  Questions, and comments are always welcome, and appreciated.  Karen