I'm still working on painting loosely. Maybe I'm starting to see things differently because "loose" is getting easier for me. I know this is still pretty tight compared to most loose watercolor paintings but for me, it's pretty darn loose. Actually, I'm missing working on my tight paintings. Maybe switching between the two styles is the answer for me.
I've been told that it's important for an artist to have a distinctive 'style' so that their work is recognizable but I enjoy painting in so many different mediums and different ways that I wonder if I will ever settle on one style. I guess time will tell the answer to that one.
We used to go to Lake Powell every summer and the stormy days were always my favorites. I have so many photos from those days and have painted from a few of them but never one with the grey skies. I did this painting with a palette knife.
Back to silk painting. Angel trumpet flowers (Brugmansia) are among my favorites. They look almost alien in their size and shape. I videotaped this painting as I worked on it. I'm going to try to post the video below.
I just posted it to youtube and it's a bit blurry. It wasn't before I downloaded it but the file was probably too large and maybe it was posted as a smaller file and that made it blurry. Who knows? I certainly don't. I think it's amazing that I've gotten it this far. You wouldn't believe how many hours it's taken me to figure it out to this point. I am very technologically challenged. Thank goodness our son was home from college this weekend or the video would still be in the camera - not compatible with Mac. Matt's my computer genius. I know it would be nice to have music but sorry, not this time. I'm tired of working on this and my head is spinning enough already. It can only get easier from here, right?
I hope you can see this enough to get an idea of the process. If you are interested in seeing me demonstrate silk painting in person, I will be the speaker at the Tustin Art League's monthly meeting next Wednesday, November 10th at 7:00. If you will be joining us, could you send me an e-mail so we will have an idea of how many people are coming? We are a very small art league and have limited space. My e-mail is email@example.com The meeting is located at 300 South C St., Tustin, CA.
Here is the video (I hope):
Image Size 12" x 20"
Silk dyes on silk
Stretched but unframed
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