Thursday, January 8, 2015

A FACE IN WORDS AND PICTURES

Recently I had the urge to paint.  I've been doing a lot of designing with markers and working a great deal in Photoshop and I wanted to get my hands dirty with some acrylic paints and use some of my smaller brushes to really get into some detailed painting, as well.  In the past few days I completed two portraits.  Portraits of GARDEN GIRLS as I've been calling them (to myself, alone) and I've taken photos of my process along the way because the two pieces became mixed-media works which incorporated many different mediums.  I thought that having that process described could be of interest.  Below is the evolution of the first of my two pieces and tomorrow I will share the second.


Usually I've worked on canvas but here I'm starting with an untreated
wood board.  Note to self:  Don't paint on unfinished, unprimed wood.
Way too much paint got sucked into the porous surface!


I used a #2 pencil to do a simple sketch of the face and
a few flowers.


Here is the palette of colors I chose to
begin with.



I started off with a soft look, not really
certain where I wanted the painting to go.


Then I added many collage elements and kept tightening up
her face with shading and highlights using pencil and acrylics.


Then this somehow happened. But I wasn't happy with the quote which
seemed unnecessary and the background seemed just too washy.


This is the final result.  Between the last photo and
this one, I decided to get rid of the text, darken the background so
the subject's face would stand out better, add a garden of
painted flowers.


xo Beth






Monday, December 29, 2014

Color and Design/New Work










I've been creating new work in a flatter, bolder, more graphic
and design-y way and having a FUN time doing it.
Above is a collection of work I completed last week.  My licensing agents
will be taking this group of designs to the Atlanta Gift Show.  I'm interested
in hearing feedback from them upon their return.
I would love to know what you think, too so leave a comment below.




Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm Back

After a two-year hiatus I decided to come back to my long, lost blog.  I'm not quite sure why I stopped blogging but I do know why I decided to start-up blogging again.  For several reasons:
  • I want to reconnect with you guys in a more cohesive and in-depth way.  I would like to start reflecting more on what my art means, the messages I have to share with myself and my viewers; the feedback you might have for me is very important and much appreciated.  I think blogging is a tool I can use to become closer to my work.
  • I miss seeing my artwork in a blogging format.  I love to have a timeline of my creative life.
  • I'm looking forward to organizing my thoughts through written words.  The ongoing writing will hopefully preserve a few of those brain cells I still have left.
  • I'm looking for my voice in word and pictures and I'm planning on finding it in my blogging.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Colorful Inspiration






Colorful inspiration on my mind and my
canvases lately.

xo
Beth