Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pouncer ll - Fracturing Demo

Pouncer ll. Bird Watching
8x8in oil on Senso

Fracturing Technique - Step by Step.

Artist Note.

This is a re-post.
Some of you may not have seen it.
Swamped at the moment but hope
to paint tomorrow.

I have had so many requests for information on the fracturing technique
that I thought I would show some of the steps and tools I use.
I am using the natural linen SENSO. I buy it in pads which I tape
to foam core board. When it is dry I use YES paste
to glue it to a Masonite panel
Ampersand makes  boards in 6x8 in size.

 I drew this out with a mixture of
Ultramarine and Permanent Alizarin
using a script brush.
 Next, I placed quick brush marks
of bright, local color.
I made sure to go over the neighboring
edges in some places but not all.
Next, I used my handy tool to swish
 through some edges.
This part is where you allow your
own personal taste to guide you.

I hold the shaper at an angle and
VERY LIGHTLY  skim it over paint
to remove and randomly
break up areas .
Then I go back and reinstate.
Sometimes I fracture one layer
and others several times.
It all depends on how broken up
I want the image to be.

    This is a short handled, ANGLE brush.
    It is a marvelous brush for these
    small paintings.
    Using the edge, a straight line is easily
    made and I use the side to make
    multiple, different type marks.

 I make what I call "opposing strokes."
Shown here.
Make a stroke and then brush in the
opposite direction... and then again.
If you get into the habit of doing
this it will
prevent over blending and
keep your paint surface active.

If you click on the above it will
take you to DPW tutorial page where
I have a FREEBIE one for the tools I use
I also have a little video showing
 how I paint using the
fracturing technique.
(be sure to scroll down)
In the last two years, Catalyst has
come out with a whole line of shapers
so there is no need to make one.

I used a #2 round brush to do
the small areas to finishing up.
I check my center of interest
- the cats head- to make sure it
has not been fractured as much
as the other areas.

I hope that by showing my methods
and tools it will inspire some
of you to try some new method just for fun.
Let me know how it goes.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Special Visit

Meeting a Fellow Blogger.
Anne Winthrop Cordin 

Anne and Cooper

I was delighted to get a message
from Anne
asking if we could meet as 
she passed through Las Cruces
with her husband (and dog).
Are you kidding...Absolutely!

I have followed Anne for a few years.
I love her blog and work. She paints 
with a wonderful abstract vision,
and writes amazingly well
about her process,
including personal ruminations
which are always interesting.

See for your self

Look what Anne painted while in Las Cruces.
A White Winged Dove.

Thank you, dear Anne, for taking the time to visit
and for making it such an interesting
and stimulating time. I loved every moment.
Hope you come again.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Egg Dreams - Alcohol Ink

Egg Dreams
8x10" alcohol ink on cradled board 
1 3/4" Floater Frame - silver leaf 
with antique finish. $495.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.
I loved working on this one.
I saw the painting in a dream first
so I had a direction to go in.

I worked on getting a puffy,
cloud-like, background first.
Layering with the inks is 
not easy and I found that 
patience solved a lot of issues
that came up.

The whole process 
kept me fascinated
and I really like the results -
it has a little more of a 
contemporary viewpoint. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Mexico Hollyhocks

8x6 inches oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD

Artist Note.
This is adapted from a
Lets Paint New Mexico
I say "adapt" because I had to 
change some areas to fit my 
6x8in format.
It certainly was a challenge 
but that is why I enjoy
doing something 
which makes me 
struggle more than if I had 
picked the content myself.

Lots of very good artists 
participate and it is 
such a pleasure to see the 
different interpretations 
and techniques.

I hope you go on the site
and scroll down to see it all.
Maybe you would 
enjoy participating yourself.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Snow & Aspens

Snow & Aspens
8x6in oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD

Artist Note
The above is a mixture 
of memory and photo source.
After painting the previous
snowy scene I was taken by 
an image a fellow blogger
posted. Click to see. 
I asked her for permission 
to paint it and she 
gave me the thumbs up!

I live in the land of 
crisp, dry air so 
although my earlier memories 
are of misty scenes 
I found it difficult to capture 
the subtle value changes
 with my paint 
due to 
not painting from life.

And that is why, try as I might,
I couldn't capture the 
misty effect!

So... the birches are now aspens.
I did a wee bit of 
"artist landscaping"
moving things around 
to fit my rectangle format,
and then reverted 
to what I knew well.
 I have painted 
aspens many times 
on location
in both NM and Colorado
so this was a treat.

Thank you,
Carol, for the inspiration.
I enjoyed painting it.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Mexico Snow

 New Mexico Snow
6x8in oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note. 
Taking a trip to the snowy areas
of New Mexico
is always delightful. 
Although the colors are not those
of my typical bright palette,
I do find I respond with 
pleasure to the 
muted earth tones 
against the bright white of the snow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sunflowers and Blue Bowl

 Sunflowers And Blue Bowl
8"x6" oil on canvas panel $140 SOLD

Artist Note
The sunflowers are still around. 
Cheerful spot of color
during these winter days.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Red Hearts and Sunflowers

Hearts and Sunflowers
8"x 6" oil on canvas panel $140.SOLD

Artist Note
Thinking ahead to Valentines Day.
I have had this terrific vase 
for many years 
and it is sturdy enough 
to hold large Sunflowers. 
Something bright for 
cold days.

Monday, January 9, 2017

World Bank

Farmers Market#15

Artist Note.
I was honored by the World Bank Group
to be asked for another one of my 
Farmers Market series
to be used on the cover or their
Global Agriculture brochure.
I had not taken a high enough 
resolution image.. RATS!
What a lesson...and a reminder
to ALWAYS take a 
proper image with my trusty Nikon
and not 
just the iphone one.

 I really wanted 
them to be able to use it so I 
painted it all over again. 

I found it is impossible 
to get exactly the 
same with the 
fracturing technique but similar 
colors and placements
turned out a decent copy.

Fortunately they liked it and 
I will have the pleasure of knowing 
my painting will grace the cover 
again in 2017

If you would like to see the first one

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Golden Light

Golden Light
14x11in  oil on canvas SOLD

Artist Note.
This was a demo I did last month.
I started with a charcoal drawing
and scrubbed a coat of
Indian Yellow (transparent)
to cover the canvas. Adding
a little Alizarin and
Transparent Brown Oxide
as I worked out from the light
Keeping the paint transparent
as long as possible was my goal.
I mixed Ultramarine Blue
with the yellow to make
a transparent green
and Alizarin, Ultramarine
and Transparent Brown Oxide
to make
the dark of the Ravens.
I fractured everything with
the tool and
went back in and reinstated
and started with using
some opaques by adding
Naples Yellow to
Indian Yellow and greens.

Following the principle
of warm light/cool shadows
I introduced the cooler
blue/greens at the end.
They look more blue on the
screen than they
actually are.