My work has always involved the Elements and Principles of Designs in ways that are very hard to define since art really isn't a science and trying to manipulate it into an orderly process can be a creativity killer.
Value,color, line, shape, direction, size and texture are art's tools not the medium and materials .
Even an artist can't have them all at one time in one painting or piece of pottery or a clothes or house or whatever .So the trick is to decide what to use to best express the needs of a picture.
In Salmon Run shape and direction work with color and texture to create the depth and flow of water and repetition of shapes. It also is an effort to have the viewer look beyond the surface, getting past the white riffles to see the shallow depth and clarity of the water and enjoy the complimentary purple /yellow colors.
I hope to draw your eye in.
This painting can be viewed horizontally or vertically. As vertical it has a different feeling of space and atmosphere,depth and distance, as opposed to the orchestra and the audience.
Music of the Spheres (watercolor gouache and acrylic 12x18 on watercolor paper)
It began as a study of movement ,line and color, using a limited palette of complimentary color. When my friends responded they all liked this horizontal view which looked like a stage or amphitheater. Once it is viewed one way, it's interesting to accept the changed feeling the atmospheric view.
Experimentation is always interesting sometimes frustrating and often leaves me wondering what
others see in my abstract pieces. Letting images just happen from a feeling or concept challenges that part of me that says I need to know what I'm doing. I've always loved realistic landscape and flowers for the pleasure of being accurate, reproducing a better than photographic aliveness , pointing out what I like about the subject.
I called this Morning Meditation, it had that half awake quietness before the day starts, things out of focus, blurry and sleepy. .
Acrylic, gouache and watercolor on watercolor paper. 15x21"
Over many years of hiking , wondering and even flying I have collected many scenes of the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park.
Many of these original watercolors have sold but I have reproduced them as prints and cards using a printer which has color fast inks. Giclee' ,to spray, is the term used to indicate the color fastness of inks in modern printers now available to artists.
This control of the reproductions allows the artist to represent the original accurately at very reasonable cost.
Two Bird Ladies, hand built figures with birds made in a press mold fired at cone 6 mid range stoneware . The one with legs has dowels set into the base to support the body of the figure.
A previous blog showed the entire group from last winter, each lady has her own personality with birds ,flowers or a small vase built in.
Powdered charcoal on water color paper enhanced by a bit of tan and organized by a few black directional lines and very subtle value changes, expressed the icy puddles in my back alley. The mystery of the orange is a cherry tree leaf but I hope it causes the eye to ask a question and explore the rest of the design. I always wanted to paint something with that wonderful color of the fall cherry tree leaves.
For the news release I expressed how lucky I am to have the energy and creative drive to enjoy painting and pottery using the things I've studied for years. The study has always been part of the pleasure, bringing up challenges and things to try. Art isn't just one thing, it sort of is everything,and it's my opportunity to know and show myself.
Some of the new work is shown on past blogs, hope you will take a look. Thanks
Fog and Spider Web Watercolor works well for fog, it's soft, transparent, muted and has soft edges which allow the eye to move easily from area to area unlike to the spider web with its definite structure. This was fun ..
As I get older I'm realizing the value of things I used to take for granted, like knowing exactly the right word. I just finished three 6x8 inch value studies of rock carnes, They captured that special feeling of satisfaction which is such a pleasure when a painting completely absorbs me.
I had been studying abstract work for the last couple years, trying to apply my knowledge of watercolor and the elements and principles of design. In a sense all art is abstract and there is no set formula for what works. Kindness, the beauty of nature and simple things can express so much.
If the values are right , everything else will be okay.