Time flies when you are having a good time!Almost one year ago to the day, I made a decision that I needed some time off from posting my art to my blog and to the several art-related lists to which I belong. As far back as I can remember, I have felt a tie to the intuitive side of my brain, of my life. Betty Edward's book, "Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain", had a great influence on how I approached my own art and the art of my children and the children in the classes I taught. Since that time...back in the 1970's, my studies in Early Childhood Development and Education, lots of reading, lots of "trying it out", lots of thinking has taken place. But, a year ago, I wanted to dig deeper, see how I could use this in a broad range of artistic media etc. I wanted to give myself lots of room to study, paint, draw, and experiment...on my own, without comment, without filtering it through other's views on the matter.
I actually had not planned it to be an entire year, just the spring and summer. But, things have a way of happening and side-roads were followed, health, personal and family, happened and here I am one year later! I have a fat set of sketchbooks bulging, a pile of paintings and canvases, boxes of Zentangle designs and I'm having a ball with it all!
I have no intention of dragging my blog followers though it all, of posting it all, but will just take up where I am now. I will try to comment on various aspects of my experiences as I share new art that relates to it.
These are two paintings I've finished recently.
The first is a mixed media painting on canvas using various papers in collage and acrylic paint.
This was a tough one to get a photograph of because the shine of the acrylics caused glare. Thanks to my husband, Bob Wilson's photo skills, he was able to get a photograph that did not have glare. The blessing of having a resident photographer!
The second is in traditional watercolor on watercolor paper.
The part that did does not show up well will have to be imagined...the use of iridescent Daniel Smith watercolor paints on certain rocks, parts of the water and trees to give the scene that "last glow" in the evening light.