"Rocks II" is the second abstract I've done that was inspired by granite slabs. I'm getting more comfortable with painting abstracts but it still isn't really my thing. I'm much too literal to see things in an abstract way.
This is very different from my usual painting style. I've never felt comfortable with abstract painting. It does not come easily to me. However, I recently spent quite a bit of time in granite yards while we were picking counter tops for our house and was inspired by the beautiful stone configurations in some of the slabs. This is the first in a short series of my rock inspirations. I also used a limited palette of Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna. This could also be considered an alternative primary palette using the Raw Sienna as the yellow and the Burnt Sienna as the red.
This was an interesting painting to attack. I had fun with the border details and working the organic shapes in with the geometric shapes. I used a different brand of paper than I usually do so I had to fight with it throughout the whole painting. It was like learning to paint again.
For some reason this silk painting didn't steam correctly and the dyes didn't set. I'll try again tomorrow but wanted to post this on time. I'll re-take the picture when it is steamed and I can stretch it.
Back to silk painting. I have so much fun doing these paintings that I can't stay away from them for long. I've used the wrought iron theme again on a smaller scale. I concentrated on using more subdued colors on the leaves and am very happy with the results.
This week I painted two small vignettes to go inside of a garden club yearbook. They were done to complement the cover which was a more complex fuchsia painting. It is a watercolor titled "Hanging Fuchsias" and you can find it on my website. The original is sold but Limited Edition Giclees are available.
Again, another silk sunflower painting with yet another look. Same flowers with a different border, more intense colors and a square format. I think I like this one the best which is good because I am REALLY tired of painting sunflowers now!
Sunflower Silk Painting II 15" x 15" Silk dyes Sold
I wanted to paint another silk painting with the sunflowers but with a different look. I was planning to use it for a booklet cover for a project I'm working on. They are the same flower design as the previous silk sunflower painting but repositioned a bit. Without the wrought iron framework, I think the result is completely different.
Sunflower silk painting I 11" x 14" Silk dyes Unframed
This is a silk painting. Silk dyes are used on silk after the design has been applied with resist to keep the dyes from spreading uncontrollably. It is a really fun medium and I love the effects I can get. I love the graphic quality and bright colors.
Silk Sunflowers w/Wrought Iron 22.5" x 22.5" Silk dyes Framed
This is the first painting of my weekly painting series. I have just quit a watercolor class I had been taking and hope to strike out on my own. In the past, I have depended on teachers as crutches and think it is time to try to critique my own paintings and, through both experimentation and experience, improve all aspects of my artistic endeavors.
I work in just about every art medium I can get my hands on with my favorites being watercolor and silk painting. I love to experiment with different mediums and styles of painting. I try to paint every day and will post my paintings here as I finish them. I really appreciate any comments you may have on the paintings. You can sign up below to receive the postings automatically by e-mail. If you would like to see my artwork divided by medium, visit my website. If you would like information on purchasing one of my paintings, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org