Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
Your thoughts/emotions are the starting point.
You come up with an idea, you have a feeling you want to express, you see a scene you want to capture, a color or texture that takes your fancy, you have a 'what-if?' moment.
Now problem-solving comes into play.
How do I capture that light? How do I blend that unique color? How can I get my brain to tell my hand how to express what I see and how I feel?
And now it's about technique.
And technique is about practice, it's about honing skills and about trial-and-error and repetition. There are no short cuts. Mixing the exact color, capturing a particular expression, translating motion to a static image-- all these take the exercise of skill, skill that's constantly upgraded and expanded by doing the artistic task over and over, of practicing all the steps that lead up to the final smooth application of the technique that solves the problem, that captures the moment-- in the sketch, the necklace, the lyric, the collage, the watercolor, the embroidery, the symphony.
Every masterpiece-- no matter how small-- starts with a problem that is solved with innovative thought, combined with a gigantic leap of faith and then completed with skill and technique.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
"Wabi Sabi" - pendant - Translucent liquid polymer, micaceous iron oxide, Pan Pastels, acrylic paint
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Some earthshaking discoveries in science sneak into the
public consciousness slowly, and many are never even widely known. The same
thing happens in the science of the art world from time to time. Unless you
work in a certain medium, you may never be aware of significant changes in the
things artists have available for creative expression.
"Little Bumble Beads" - shown in a tutorial published in Stringing Magazine
Paper clay donuts - Ranger Distress Paints
"Clovis" - Paper, Distress Oxides Paint
"Purple Study" - Paper, Scratch Foam, Distress Oxide Paints, pen, acrylic
"Emergent" series - Paper, polymer, acrylic, alcohol inks, pen, Distress Oxide Paint
Monday, April 3, 2017
Paper, texture paste, Ranger Distress Oxides - random colors and textures on cardstock
"Earthwheel" - Pendant element - Paper, alcohol inks, modeling paste, polymer - edited shapes, layered
Raw polymer veneer-- Acrylics, Pan Pastels
"Emergent Series - Piercing the Veil" - polymer clay pendant - layered shapes, handmade texture sheets, opaque and translucent clays, Pan Pastels, acrylics, alcohol ink
patina using VerDay paint system