Wednesday, December 30, 2020

19 September - December 30, 2020

 

 
 

You can watch a flip through of the journal here.

Look in depth at almost every page here.

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 13 1/4 x 20" opened

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht and Golden (heavy body)

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at:
Arshile Gorky
Paul Cezanne
Celia Paul
Edvard Munch
Richard Diebenkorn
Giorgio Morandi 
Hyman Bloom
Henri Matisse
David Park
Wayne Thiebaud
Gwen John

Read:
World Light by Halldor Laxness Celia Paul Self Portrait
Edvard Munch an Inner Life several books on Paul Cezanne (A Life by Alex Danchev, Cezanne Letters, Cezanne Watercolors and Drawings)
Gwen John: A Painter's Life
Gorky Drawings
various Arshile Gorky books Hyman Bloom
the Artist in the Studio
Italo Calvino's invisible Cities Drawings of Richard Diebenkorn Giorgio Morandi: Works, Writings Interviews

Listened to (podcasts):
A Brush With
Savvy Painter
Deep Color
Talk Art w Tracey Emin
various Youtube talks on any of the above artists

Watched (that I'm still thinking about):
Berlin Alexanderplatz
I'm Thinking of Ending Things Soul
Wonder Woman 84
Babylon Berlin
The Great Rupert

Monday, December 28, 2020

Celia Paul: Self Portrait

 

"Painting is the language of loss. The scraping off of layers of paint, again and again, the rebuilding, the losing again. Hoping, then despairing, then hoping. Can you control your feelings of loss by this process of painting, which is fundamentally structured by loss?

In order to make a great painting, you need to destroy paintings..."
-"Self Portrait" by Celia Paul
I like to search for lists of what others are reading (especially books about artists and painting.) "Self Portrait" by Celia Paul kept appearing on these lists. 
This was my first time hearing about Celia Paul so I began by looking up interviews with her on various podcasts as well as Youtube. Her art pulled me in as did her devotion to her work and her quiet manner of speaking about her process. She can only paint what she knows. 

Once I had the book in my hands, I had a difficult time putting it down. I devoured it in two nights. Two days later, I am still thinking about her words and her work. 

Celia Paul is already at work on a book about Gwen John. When that is published, this time, I will be first in line. 

Self Portrait by Celia Paul (an interview with the author is posted here)


There are many other interviews with Celia Paul. I listen to podcasts (through Spotify) and on Youtube by searching by the artist's name. 

Thursday, December 24, 2020

A Study in Green

 

 


"When I paint green, it doesn’t mean grass; when I paint blue, it doesn’t mean sky." -Henri Matisse

 

Still offering a free workshop for food pantry donations (see more here.)

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 13 1/4 x 20" opened

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht and Golden (heavy body)

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives 

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looking at: Celia Paul, Edvard Munch, Richard Diebenkorn

Reading: World Light by Halldor Laxness

Listening to (podcasts): A Brush With as well as Deep Color

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Channeling JMW Turner



 

I love JMW Turner. I wasn't looking at his work while making this but this photo makes me think of his work (and I smile):


Yellow is a color that I love. It's also one of my most favorite colors to paint with, one that I know, many of my fellow painters struggle with. 

There are lots of layers on what you see above. No red. Only yellows and browns to achieve the different textures. My favorite bit is that little tiny bottom left corner above.  

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 13 1/4 x 20" opened

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht and Golden (heavy body)

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives 

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looking at: Celia Paul, Edvard Munch, Richard Diebenkorn

Reading: World Light by Halldor Laxness

Listening to (podcasts): A Brush With as well as Deep Color

Saturday, December 19, 2020

I'll Trade You....An Art Class for a Food Bank Donation

 


If you make a donation to a local food pantry and send me an email about it at Egorey99@sbcglobal.net, I'll send you either: one of my online classes (your choice) or a PDF file of one of my (your choice) in person workshops. We need to help each other out right now. 

Please add FOOD BANK in the subject line and make sure to let me know which class you would like!

If you want it sent as a gift, l will do that, too.

Thank you. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Summer

 




This one was difficult to photograph. There are lots of layers beneath what you see. The reds sing and dance with the sunlight. I wish you could see it in person. 

More experiments in layering color. When I went to write this blog post, I realized that it would be a series. Guess what color will be next?!

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 13 1/4 x 20" opened

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht and Golden (heavy body)

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives 

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looking at: Celia Paul, Edvard Munch, Richard Diebenkorn

Reading: World Light by Halldor Laxness

Listening to (podcasts): A Brush With as well as Deep Color