Friday, November 20, 2015

New Collaborative Piece - The Laundry Line

A badly-taken picture of the laundry line picture (in black & white and in color)
These are the 2 slices of the
original inspiration photo.
(I'm currently working on
the right-side photo)



As I mentioned in a previous post, I am supposed to be concentrating on painting a slice of the Laundry Line.  



I was actually able to spend some time on it and have gotten to the point of being almost-done.   I will admit that it has been hard to get motivated to do -- it is not my favorite subject and I just don't find it inspiring. 









Work has begun, the
shirt and blanket are painted
So you're probably wondering why the heck I agreed to do a section of the painting if I didn't care for the picture.  



For 2 main reasons - 1, I like working collaboratively (it's so fun to see how other artists interpret the same image) and 2, I enjoy challenging myself to do something I wouldn't normally do (I think that's how we grow as individuals... by challenging ourselves to step outside of our comfort zones!).



While I don't care for the subject matter, I have managed to find things I enjoy about it (or I wouldn't be painting it at all!).  I do love playing with textures and in this painting, I have hard textures of brick and cement, and then soft textures of fabric to play with. 




Color and texture added to the bricks and cement

I like the fabric's textures because the folds of the fabric is interesting to create using highlights, shadows, and lots of faint color changes.

Next I played with the hard textures. Adding color and texture to the bricks and cement at the top.  That was a LOT of fun!  

Color-play is always enjoyable, but I also experimented with dripping and splattering cold wax (to protect white highlights) and dripping and splattering greys and blacks for texture of the brick.  

I accidentally created a few bigger-splats (which didn't make me happy, but in silk painting - you work with whatever happens!)





My mostly-finished painting
and some of my painting
set-up. (I was at a retreat
and had to squeeze all
of my stuff onto 1 table)


The last part I worked on before I ran out of time, was the wooden beam at the bottom, and some bricks and plants near the wood.  I got the bricks mostly done (I need to put them back into shadows more) and the plants started, but not done.  The wood turned out pretty well (or at least I think it did!). 



So now it's just a matter of finishing the bricks and plants and then figuring out how to get the laundry line in (I thought I preserved the white with cold wax - turns out I didn't).    Then it will be time for steaming, trimming the fabric (because my slice is actually far narrower than I painted), and mounting.  Gotta get it done in the next two weeks because that was our commitment (oh boy). 







Friday, November 13, 2015

Burien Arts Gallery - Opening Reception for Fiber 19's Bountiful Textures Show

 Burien Arts Gallery - front window (my "Oh My, Camellia! is
in the front on the easel!)
Last Friday (November 6th), was the opening of the Fiber 19's Bountiful Textures Show.  

The Burien Arts Gallery is a fabulous place!  It's located in downtown Burien - and wow has Burien changed a lot since I was last there (about 30 years ago)! 

There was incredible appetizers, lots of wine, and lots of great conversation!  The show looks GREAT!  A big thank you to Louise Roby, Barbara Matthews, and TerryBerg for curating and organizing the show!! 







The opening reception





Our show Bountiful Textures will be up from now until December 27th.  There is not only artwork available to see and purchase, but lots of wonderful smaller gifts as well!





More of the reception


AND a big thank you to the Burien Arts Center for offering Fiber 19 the opportunity to hold our show in their lovely gallery!!!







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Most of the lovely artwork























Thursday, November 12, 2015

Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation Gala Pictures

I received a message from Kalla at the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation, saying that the Gala was wonderful and that my world globe bowls looked great (whew!).

She even sent me a couple of pictures...  which I'm sharing here:



















































































 
Thank you Kalla, for choosing my bowls for your event!!