Friday, October 28, 2011

Donations of Artwork

As an artist I am often asked to donate artwork for fundraisers. Over the years I have become more selective about which organizations I donate to. I now have a much smaller list of recipients, but each holds a personal connection for me.
Here is one of the fundraisers that have made my list: CLIPTOMANIA Presents VISIONS Hair Show to Support MS, Oct. 29, 6:00PM - 9:00PM, Barbagallos Restaurant.
In keeping with the hair/fashion show theme for the evening, my donation was a scarf from my Art To Wear collection of velvet embossed scarves and bags.

Monday, October 24, 2011


My latest painting titled "Tethered" takes a more conventional approach to watercolor in that I actually used watercolor, not food coloring. (See the last blog for the results of that experiment!) Colors are loose and fluid. The rocks actually started as one big wet, sloppy mass of Payne's gray, ultramarine blue,and a touch of alizarin crimson...and lots of water. I started this painting as a demo in my Watercolor class to demonstrate the wet on wet technique, which I love. This is, I think the beauty of watercolor. There is nothing more fun than watching the colors mix, blend and do their thing. The hard part is that it's kind of like playing chess. You need to plan about 4 steps ahead in order to create that "spontaneous " feel, and to make sure the colors you choose blend nicely.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Experimental Watercolor

I usually favor the more traditional approach to watercolor, but recently I read an article about painting with food coloring. The article of course had painting to go with it. The colors were very rich and vibrant so I thought I would give it a try. I had recently experimented with liquid watercolor, so food coloring was just one step beyond. Before I started the painting I lightly sketched a few leaves around the paper. Then I got my watercolor paper very wet. I dropped bits of red, yellow, blue and green food coloring here and there around the leaves and then let the food coloring and water do its thing. The results were an amazing mix of colors, some very vibrant others deep and rich.
I later went back into the picture and gave another layer of color to the negative spaces around the leaves to add depth. The finishing touch of gold gouache paint came last.
I am planning another experiment with food coloring, this time using cool colors and snowflakes. According to the article I had read, the color does not fade, but only time will tell. For now, I am happy with the results.