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Leftover from class: Not Angry

Remember my class from this winter/spring? I had a couple more paintings in progress as the class finished, both one hundred percent to the abstract side of the scale. As a reminder, the class was about exploring the continuum of doing art from abstract to realistic (or vice versa) – the idea being that every work exists somewhere on this spectrum.

This one is called “Not Angry” and it’s 18″ x 24″ on masonite, done in acrylics.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 5

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Here is the next one. These are the photos I used – outdoor cafe in Philadelphia, PA; my refrigerator.

Here is the painting. It is called Drinking Coffee in a Refrigerator.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 4

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Here is the next one. These are the photos I used – houses in Allentown, PA; the Lawn rest stop on the PA Turnpike; pylons along the Skippack trail, Skippack, PA.

Here is the painting. It is called Pylons Turnpike Rest Stop.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 3

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Here is the next one. These are the photos I used – Dixon Farm, Whitemarsh Township, PA; pier, Ocean City, NJ; passenger on SEPTA train, Philadelphia, PA.

Here is the painting. It is called Man Reading Under the Fishing Pier. Originally I was putting in some green plants under the pier rather than the man but I nixed that idea; you can still see some of the plants in the sweater and the water. I’ll use that plants photo later on.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 2

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Here is the second one. These are the photos I used: an alley in Pittsburgh, PA; clothesline kids’ art at a street fair in Sellersville, PA.

Here is the painting. It is called Art Show in an Alley.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 1

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I got right on it.

I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Some have turned out well, some not so much. All of them are a challenge to compose and fun to manage, or sometimes they are managing me, I think.

Here is the first one. The two images are a mannequin at the King of Prussia (PA) mall and the library at Chestnut Hill College.

Here is the painting. It is called Mannequins in the Library.

Of course.

Another Painting Class, Session 3: Painting 2

In April/May 2021 I took an online painting class at Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA. The class was called BLENDING ABSTRACTION AND REPRESENTATION, and over 5 sessions our class explored the continuum between these two endpoints of a line. This set of classes is a continuation of the previous group with the same teacher and most of the same group of students, plus some new faces.

The class was structured so that we worked on our individual artworks in our home studios while participating in discussions and vewing demonstrations by the teacher. I did quite a bit of work and I’ll be showing them to you over a few posts.

Thanks to my instructor, Lesa Chittenden Lim, and my classmates, for a good experience.

In our class we had been talking about the German Expressionists. I enjoy their use of color. Our assignment was to take something from our discussions and to use it in our work.

Well, this assignment was not really a stretch for me, as I chose to work with the exuberant colors I usually use, but I did enjoy looking at the art (online) from this movement for that reason – Color!

So, I created this painting. It’s called “Three Grandmothers”.

In it I depict both my grandmothers, with me in the middle holding my granddaughter. I believe that in many ways my life has spanned a transition time from my grandmothers’ world to one that is just coming and will be very different from what things were when I started out.

I feel that society helped me and held me back, sometimes at the same time, during my life. There has been a lot of change. I can only speak for myself, but I hope for a world for my granddaughter in which things go in a direction that she can use her talents well and enjoy her life. I have represented this hope by depicting a sky with a large moon and stars that she can reach for.

“Three Grandmothers”, 20″ x 16″, acrylics and acrylic markers.

Negative Space and Negative Emotions (Maybe. Or Maybe Not.)

Here is a mail art postcard made in 3/21. To create it, I covered the background in random colors and patterns. I then used India ink and a bamboo brush to wash around the figures and the little checkered floor they are standing on. Quick and easy.

I find when I do this process the figures take on a life of their own. These two may be having an argument, and I think the one on the left is no longer listening to the one on the right. In fact, she is walking away. Maybe to think happier thoughts?