I'm organizing my studio and of course it looks worse right now than before I started. Every flat surface is covered and I barely found room to work on these 6" silk mandalas. I found 6 of these pre-stretched silk circles amongst my stuff and thought making mandalas would be a good way to use them. I've always loved patterns and repetitions of color. Probably my 20 years of making stained glass windows has something to do with being attracted to them. I'm intrigued by how different the colors look on both of these. They are exactly the same colors and intensity and the resist lines are the only difference. The one on right looks like it was painted with much lighter colors, doesn't it? I love optical illusions.
I would love to hear whether you prefer the black or white resist lines.
This is the silk painting that was supposed to be last week's post. I added more color and am happy with it now. This is on a beautiful piece of silk satin which has a really nice sheen to it but I think I will go back to my silk habotai for future work. The resist doesn't penetrate this fabric as easily.
Image Size 21" x 21"
Silk dyes on Silk
This is a quick pastel sketch that I did today because the silk painting that I thought was finished needs to be worked on some more to intensify some of the colors. I'm not thrilled about that because I have to put the resist back on and repaint because I already steamed and washed it. It will be almost like doing it all over again. Arrggghhh!!! Anyway, it was fun to do another pastel. I always enjoy the feeling of spontaneity that I get using pastels. I don't know why I don't use them more often.
I received an Honorable Mention for my painting "Silk Birds" at the Orange Open. This is one of my favorite silk paintings. Sorry about the reflections in the picture. If you want to see it without reflections, hit the 'home' button at the top of the blog page and click on 'Silk Paintings'.
I tried something new this week. This is a mixed media on paper. The background paper has various rice papers attached to it and then acrylic painted in an abstract manner. Then I added pieces of paper on top and painted a more representational image of Lake Powell in watercolor. Finally, I attached the pieces with gold thread in the corners of the pieces and where they intersect. It's very different but I am really happy with the outcome.
Lake Powell Abstraction
Image Size 15" x 22"
Three of my paintings were just juried into a local show called the Orange Open which is organized by the Orange Art Association. This show is one of my favorite local shows and always has a good variety of quality art. If you live in Orange County, California and you like viewing art, you may want to stop by. The reception is this Saturday from 7:00 to 8:30 and the show will run through August 16th. It is held at Chapman University in their Guggenheim Gallery.
We went to Venice, Italy a few years ago and Burano is an island off of the coast there. I was amazed that it was so different from Venice. The buildings are all painted bright colors there and not a gondola in sight. I thought that silk dyes on silk would be a good medium to try for this picture. I may also do it in oil later.
Image size 20" x 16"
Silk dyes on silk
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 email@example.com