Well Yes! What’s the point of doing the same thing over and over without different results. Some people would call me an idiot! I get bored and need to change things up a bit. So, there are times when I nose around in Pentrist or my old photos from vacations long forgotten and get new ideas. I try them, and if i like them, I’ll paint my version of a similar piece of work. It never looks the same, but looks like something I’ve been working on. I am an abstract artist, and that means anything, and everything is open for interpretation. I don’t mean to copy, and I’m not. But we all share a creative energy, and there isn’t anything that hasn’t been done before, so I say go for it!
This isn’t going so well. As I paint a color, I’m thinking it’s fighting me. I don’t know where it will go, but it doesn’t start behaving soon, this little canvas will find itself gessoed over, and it won’t have a voice at all. Needless to say, it isn’t even close to finished, or maybe it is quite close to finished!
Last year I bought some cold wax to play with. A friend of mine uses it on her oil paintings, and being a rebel, I decided to try it on watercolor and acrylic. I had no idea what i was doing, and couldn’t find any instructions for using it. Maybe I just didn’t try hard enough, or….maybe the timing was off, and i really wasn’t ready for cold wax. Either way, it sit on my shelf with all the other products that I had to have proudly waving at me from time to time, making sure I don’t forget the possibilities it holds.
This morning I was looking for something else on YouTube when I ran across this video. After watching it, I now have a better idea of the possibilities, and I do love possibilities. You know I will be experimenting with cold wax very soon, and maybe one of you will want try it, experiment with it, or even decide it is the perfect effect for what you are creating.
Either way, I hope you enjoy the information, maybe try it out, and let me know how it goes.
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You Don’t Know What To Do?
Since I’ve been so inspired, I can also get full of myself too. In my hear this was just perfect, In reality, not so perfect! But, while it didn’t turn out as intended, I also didn’t give up on it. Letting it sit for a couple of days seemed like the right thing to do. I needed to digest the painting, and think, let it talk to me and think about that.
So I picked out what was working first. Chuckling as I thought, “not much is working.” But, I liked her eyes, and even though I wasn’t finished, it was a positive.
The next thing is noting what wasn’t working….another chuckle, everything isn’t working. But, as I remembered my time with artist Cathy Carey I realized this painting was perfect for working in opposite colors. At that point, I knew exactly what I would do with her. And do, I did!
Artist Chris Bergstrom
I’m posting this abstract because I can’t seem to get inspiration from my muse. If fact I think, she’s on vacation….
This is a painting by artist Chris Bergstrom. Chris is a fairly new artist, he’s only been painting since 2008, and as he grows as an artist I’m amazed at some of the work he creates. He is humble, doesn’t allow others opinions to bother him, but still listens to legitimate critics.
When I look at an abstract, I sit and digest the art for a while. As it sinks in, it changes my opinion of an abstract completely. And of course, one either finds something they like, or never find anything they like about it. I have always thought the job of an artist was to create emotion.
That’s art, and you can’t please everyone. It’s OK!
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Today I’m sitting here, feeling very mellow, and it occurred to me that if I had to paint how I feel, I’m not sure I could figure out what color I’d be. Mellow being a good mellow! I’m definitely not Blue…
Santa Fe skies
For sure I’m not feeling green…
I definitely don’t feel dirty, or brown…
Or even in the shadows….
So how do we paint our feelings? I’m happy, well fed, relaxed, safe, loved, and……mellow. How do I paint all that and clean too?
Have you ever tried to paint how you feel in a color? If you were to do that, what color would you use, would it change daily, weekly, or at all?
This is what I feel like today..mellow, and happy!
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Last Saturday was the monthly Diva Day. The fact is most everyone was either out-of-town, or busy in another way. So what do you do when your monthly girl day falls apart? That’s what we did……Maxine and I had our Diva Day together, without the others. My painting still needs a few finishing touches, they will come in the next day or two. But it was lots of fun just painting with just the two of us…
It seemed very quiet, and after talking about how, sometimes quiet is good, we decided to put some music on and liven the place up.
Maxine was still working on her art when I left at one in the afternoon, but as always she produces wonderful pieces, and I love watching her work.
While I was packing up, I noticed ants just walking around her home like they owned the place. We never tracked them down, and haven’t any idea where they came from, or what they were after…..But they cannot stay!
Later after lunch, my husband and I went to Trader Joes to pick up a few things, and the entire trip was nothing but red lights.
Another sit and wait day.
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