Stop Number 9

fathernsonartprowlW figuringartprowl12W sharingartprowl12WitsnotaboutsizeWThat was us, stop number 9 on your 2012 Artprowl Program and we couldn’t have asked for two better days of warm sunny weather to have it. We had the front lobby of the library and it worked great, they had also just installed a hanging system for pictures which was handy. It was nice to be sharing this type of experience with your family & friends let alone showing together…note the picture of two content artists photo-mugging. My son Matt has a style of his own and is really starting to produce larger works, note the tall non-plaided one standing next to him. Size 20 shoe and just under 8 foot tall, but friendly.  For myself the hardest part was figuring out which 18 pieces I was going to show in the lobby (nice problem, huh?) I settled on a cross section of my work vs. any series. Lucky for me I was also able to show 6 pieces on the far wall inside the library…first time my fall reflection series hung together, it looked great…really showed my abilities to stretch within a set subject matter and style, yet produce different outcomes.  It was very enjoyable 2 days sharing  and talking about our art, can’t wait until next time.

Sunset Thru The Woods

Mixed media 12×18 in. I wanted to show the trees and how light seems to go thru or around them at sunset. This is based on what I see out my back door and in the fall it is so intense it is hard to see anything in that direction. I maintained my triangles concept thru out the piece…can’t begin to remember how many times I applied color and acrylics to this…I like the top to bottom effect of light and dark colors. Yes this is part of the Fall series, for what it’s worth there was 20 pieces in that series…not sure I will be showing all of them.

Foldable Art: fall side

Spray paint 6×7 ft. The flip side of “country side” started out as a project I was going to do with my daughter…she helped gather interesting leaves…and helped press them…but after that her interest waned… more interesting things to do… ahhh to be a teenager again…lol.  I picked 4 colors out in similar intensity, then just had a blast playing with it.  Probably more  home decor than fine art but I like the effect and it is very pleasing to look at. The  greens, blues and deep reds help on a blah wintery day.  Notice the leaf outline on the right upper panel? A patch up after our son’s puggle  (if you look closely on the right side you also can see her in the background)  knocked the divider over onto a rocking chair, putting a nice 2  inch hole in the panel…I need to remember to use the better glue when patching!

How Did We Get Here

Mixed media 12×18 in. The title say a lot about this piece. I started in a way different place than where I ended…but I am very happy to be there. Was going for fire/fall color thing, original triangles were larger and I didn’t have blue on the menu. Might be hard to see in this photo but piece has about 3-4 layers on top of each other to get to this point. I love how the whites get muted near the top and the change-up of curved lines near the bottom. The paper I used on this is a real brite marigold and about 100 lb. weight, which takes the acrylic well.

Lunar Shallows

Mixed media 12×18. I have done 6 of these trees/water/leaves/reflection type pieces and still find things to do with them. I wanted a lot more of the reflective look on this one thus the moon and the squiggly lines. It made the waves/water more pronounced, I also used more green and brown shades. I have been toying with having some sort of abstract aquatic life near the surface…I promise it won’t be Nessie, but that would be a thought….

Autumn Shallows

Mixed media 12×18. The first time I did one of these reflective-fall-water-leave pieces I couldn’t get a photo without a great deal of glare on them. So I figured I would do the next piece similar but with the glare/white added as part of it.  I like the effect and the blues and leaves are more distinct vs. the first piece (What Waterbugs)…I still need to learn to take better photos of my work.  I had someone tell me they thought the white was abstract geese going south for the winter…verrryyy interrrestinnnggg!  (think laugh-in, the TV show)

Muddy Waters

Mixed media 12×18 Fall series.  I like the way the colors change on the trees and the background but without the puddles/reflective blue waters it was way too flat for my tastes. The outlining of the trees was a late addition that helped me give it a little more of a surreal look to work with my leaves. I liked the effect so much for some continuity I used on the brite blue waters.

Sunset In The Channel

Mixed media 12×18 Fall series. This one has a cold and deeper water feel to it without the yellow and I almost didn’t try it.  I wanted to make the reflective sunshine  a little less obvious and  make the peaking waves stand out more.  Felt this would lead the viewer to look deeper between the waves to find other details in this piece.  Not as many leaves to be seen might be why I feel it has a deeper water feel ( I am sure all the blues didn’t hurt too) .  You might notice  I made the signature more a part of the piece than others, haven’t made my mind up on that yet.

Going To Seed

Mixed media 12×18. What do you do with a piece that you love the colors but composition wise just doesn’t do anything for you…RECYCLE! A piece that was titled “111 Overton County,” got a second life and provided something special for me…”going To Seed.” This has some of the same elements as others in my Fall series (it is fact part of it) but I was a little more spontaneous in my line work. The image of the reflecting window helps to balance out my scene and actually gave me hope I was had something working.

Some Will Fall Today

Mixed media 8×12 .  Simple piece using triangles and squares to show the ever changing process during the Fall. This was a lite sketch in my sketchbook that I took to a finished state. It started my bug to focus on the Fall. I also noted that this process wasn’t giving me as much depth as I would like, but loved the colors.

Autumn Sunset Shades

A 12×18 mixed media.  Background color comes mainly from this goldenrod paper, which makes this Fall series piece pop. I did the leaves first then drew the trees in, it made it harder but the blue was patiently placed in next to last. I like the effect/over laying in the background first. The line work after (white) this gives the bright almost blinding light I get to see  with each sunset out my back door. To me there is a definitive difference in top and bottom by use of colors. The spider web of lines is key to pulling this together and giving a fore-ground vs. back-ground illusion in my mind.

The Shallow End

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A 12×18 mixed media. I actually wanted to do a black and white study on this reflection/leave and water series first, but I  am glad I waited until the end of the series. Reminds me of something my teacher Lynn Havel would have had us do at BUCO JUCO.     

If anyone knows what BUCO JUCO is or better yet… 

Mr. Lynn Havel…. I would love to hear from you grizzles…  :-)

Migration

A 12×18 mixed media. A multilayer piece done early in the Fall series with just triangles used. Hard to tell that the background color was baby blue, but after about 5-6 layers I started getting the effect I wanted. Too bad the photo doesn’t show it very well, the texture over the whole piece is nice. The black images were a stubborn happy accident that kept coming thru, and I am glad they were stubborn,  would you believe at one point they were a faded lite gray.  At any rate I hope the title leads the viewer where I was going with it…as to what they represent…all the clues needed have been given…enjoy.

JUST A TEASER of WHAT MIGHT BE

I have a show coming up and have been playing with the layout, course it will change again once all of these are framed and matted.  I am lucky enough to be able to show for a full 2 months, and I am toying with the idea of two different setups…one each month.  The hard part will be picking what  makes the available space.  If any of them really appeal to you leave a comment, at this point I can use the input. Thks

Always Some In The Crowd

A 12×18 mixed media, part of my Fall series. This was influenced by a shot I took while walking around my yard. The photo had all sorts of leaves in full fall shades, except for a few stubborn ones that weren’t ready to give up summer. Funny thing I didn’t ready notice them until reviewing my pics…the next day they had turned…lucky me!

What Waterbugs

A 12×18 mixed media. Right after doing a piece called “migration“, I went on a fall/nature/triangle SPREE …just to see how far I could stretch it and stay within a set boundary (pallet, shape and subject matter)  I was very pleased with the results and have a far deeper understanding of the wide range of rich colors that fall offers us…thus my Fall Series was born.  I am sure I could do the same for other season but I am not sure they would offer the same in such a short period and so ever changing…I still prefer to play outside in the summer tho! :-)

Purple Leaves

A 12×18 mixed media.   One of the earlier pieces in my fall series. I struggled with the orientation on this quite a bit. You might view this with the top being the right-hand side…I actually worked it that way more than halfway thru before changing it. Not much to guess here other than the type of tree I used.  It has several sections that depict the every changing leave colors and then the movement to the ground. Would you believe there is about 6-7 layers of work to reach my final piece?