Friday, January 29, 2021

Emergence 2.0



The other day, I posted this page and shared that I wasn't happy with it. I couldn't stop thinking about the page afterwards, so I did something about it.

I hope that the close-up photos show the bit of original paint texture peeking through the layers. 

I really love experimenting with the different possibilities.

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 9 3/4 x 16" opened 

Working size (single page) 9 3/4 x 8"

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

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at: 

Joan Mitchell 

Arshile Gorky
Richard Diebenkorn

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Emergence

 


Looking at these photos, I think the image was stronger before I added the additional marks on the left hand side of the piece. In the past, I haven't reworked things once I considered them to be "finished." That may now change. If it does, I will share it here. 

Interesting how the camera helps you to see your work differently. 

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 9 3/4 x 16" opened 

Working size (single page) 9 3/4 x 8"

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

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at: 

Van Gogh 

Arshile Gorky
Richard Diebenkorn 

David Park

Monday, January 25, 2021

Inhale

 


(What you see above are two separate pages.)

I am exploring color, line and mark making here. 

"It seems very clear what it means. I can't say it but the painting makes it clear. If I don't know, then it's not working. If it seems right to me, then it has a meaning, but I can't tell you what meaning. I can't be more specific than that. It works when it means something, when I don't question it any more." -Joan Mitchell

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 9 3/4 x 16" opened 

Working size (single page) 9 3/4 x 8"

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

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at:

Joan Eardley 

Van Gogh 

Arshile Gorky
Richard Diebenkorn 

David Park

Friday, January 22, 2021

Winter



Everything feels like Winter right now, except the weather. (This was painted when Los Angeles was experiencing 80 degree weather in  January.)

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 9 3/4 x 16" opened 

Working size (single page) 9 3/4 x 8"

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

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at:

Joan Eardley 

Van Gogh 

Arshile Gorky
Richard Diebenkorn 

David Park

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Together, We Can Do So Much

 


"Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much." -Helen Keller

Feeling hopeful.

Onward.

(Please note the above are two separate pages.)

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 9 3/4 x 16" opened 

Working size (single page) 9 3/4 x 8"

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

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 

Arshile Gorky
Richard Diebenkorn 

David Park

Friday, January 15, 2021

Threads


"This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to realize it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time." -Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

I decided on a couple of things in advance for this journal:

1. I'd return to working page by page like I had done for many years (recently, in an effort to work larger, I had begun working across the fold.) Not only are supplies scarce and precious but I am working in a different way and until I gain confidence, single sides will suffice.

2. This is still a visual diary. I have no plans to write on these pages at the moment (and that may change) but I will pull images from experiences, memories and life as it unfolds. 

3. I don't have to explain things. (Laughing as I type this one up.)

4. It is all an experiment.

5. The work is not precious.

6. Nothing lasts forever. Work for the experience, to gain confidence, and to encourage others. That said, make what you need to make.

7. I want the work to be as honest and as real as possible. 

8. Safer at home orders began mid March 2020. Los Angeles has been high in cases for many months. There are moments I don't want to get out of bed. I will continue to do my work. I am a painter but I am also a teacher. Maybe if I continue to share my process and thoughts, it will encourage others as well.

When I began, I had the idea of stitching and threads. I reached for different colors with almost every step (including lilac, which has never been a favorite.)

I was stuck after the first loop. David and I watched the film, "Ammonite." I got one thing from the film, there's a scene where the main character takes a step and the ribbon in her hat flies in the wind. I sat up and realized, "That's what I'm looking for!" Inspiration is everywhere if you keep your eyes open.

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 9 3/4 x 16" opened 

Working size (single page) 9 3/4 x 8"

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

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 

Arshile Gorky
Richard Diebenkorn
 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Quarantine Journal January 2021


“To deny the existence of sad feelings because they are sad is to deny the sun until it is noon.” -Gustave Flaubert Letter to Louise Colet, December 11, 1846

I bound a new journal at the end of December and began work on the covers on the 1st of January. 

I struggled with the direction. I began by using colors I don't usually reach for as well as trying to create different textures.

Unfortunately,  I neglected to take photos of every step. When the pink showed up, it suddenly hit me with the direction it needed to go. 


Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 9 3/4 x 16" opened

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

Stabilo Aquarellable pencils

Painting knives

Brushes

Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 

Arshile Gorky
Paul Cezanne 
Edvard Munch
Richard Diebenkorn
David Park

Van Gogh