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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.

Another Painting Class, Session 3: Painting 1

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.

Our assignment was to choose a piece of art in any medium, examine why we were attracted to it or what appealed to us about it, and to create a painting based on that analysis. After some thought, I chose the work of the Gee’s Bend quilters as my artwork inspiration.

Why? I have loved these works since I first saw them. As you may know, I have a sewing and quilting background and fabric work will always interest me. The quilters have a compelling story behind their work. But in the end, I love the vibrant, emotional, and free qualities of these quilts. They are the essence of improvisation but are never random. Each artist listened to their inner voice to make these works.

I feel a kinship with this way of working.

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All right. I did not want to paint a quilt. Fabric does not behave like paint. I thought of images that make me feel the way these quilts do, of something that I could depict.

I settled on these houses in Allentown, PA. You know of my love for houses and this style of building is exuberant, lively, and alive – like the quilt images are for me.

I got to work. First I painted a pink/red/orange etc. background all over the paper, in a nod to the construction of the quilts. Then I took India ink, acrylic markers, and acrylic paint, and I added the houses on top. I amended the sky a bit and I had my painting.

The painting is called “Houses Sewn Together” and it is 18″ x 24″, acrylics on paper.

Another Painting Class, Session 2: Painting 8

In February/March 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 the same group of students.

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.

As I said in the previous post in this series, the class assignment was to use a color we did not ordinarily feature in our paintings as the main hue. I interpreted that to mean not only did I not feature it but I did not really like it as well as others, either, and maybe for reasons that had nothing to do with the color, but maybe it was the paint tube mechanics or that I hate squeezing out paint from nearly empty tubes. (I know. Crazy.)

Here is the second painting I made for this assignment. It was based on this photo I took a couple of years ago at Lake Galena, near Chalfont, PA:

I chose the colors red and gray for this picture. I first drew in the plants with red paint, then filled in around it. Gradually I added more and more colors and refined the shapes.

I am not sure why I don’t like red much; I do know I’ve felt this way all my life about it. I remember my parents choosing red carpet for my childhood room and I was not happy about it, so the feeling goes back some years, you may say.

Gray, I find to be a very useful color and I use it often, but it is not major player in a composition for me. It has fallen into the reliable workhorse category.

I do think I will lean on gray more in the future. Let it have more of a voice.

I will also have a better attitude about red, as I think it looks good in combination with the other colors in this piece, but it is still lower down on my list of colors that make me feel good to work with. Maybe we just need to get better acquainted and let old disputes fall away?

I like how things ended up. I have got a stalky space plant from another planet garden going here, I think.

The painting is called “At Lake Galena” and it is 20″ x 16″, acrylics on canvas.