Thursday, May 28, 2009

WIP Update: Metro Map Painting

Here is the painting as it is right now:
I haven't decided if it is done yet or not.  I do think it needs a little something else, but it is very nearly complete.  Again, the color quality is not good, I have not photographed it professionally with color adjustments yet.  The colors in actuality are much more vibrant.  Thoughts?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

WIP Update: Metro Map Painting

Here's an update on my current painting project: 

I added more drips of paint in different directions, a sheer layer of a gray-lavender color to what should be the land/water part of the map, and an opaque violet octagonal border to represent the Beltway.  I think I am going to go in to the black metro rail system and make parts of it opaque again and even add some highlights.  This way there will be even more depth and the rails will look "pipe-like."  I should be done in a few days.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

New WIP (Work In Progress): Metro Map Painting

I am not sure what I think about it yet, but I wanted to challenge myself and go in a new direction.  I think it's a start.  It has been hard to "let loose" and let the paint drip where it wants to, rather than try to control it too much with my brush.  I think I am going to do lots of layers of light washes of paint to express depth.

If you have not figured it out already, this painting is based off of the Washington DC Metro system, the Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Orange lines.  I worked with a lot of ideas, but decided to remove the colors of the lines and use the iconic shapes of the lines on the map as a basis for a painting.  It really is an interesting shape, even without the colors.  It's definitely something to explore and work on.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WIP Update: Metro Landscape Painting

I worked some more on this painting, changing around the lines a little and adding more dimension to the radiating circles.

I also started another painting, which I will post about tomorrow.

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thank you, Tabitha, for making my day by awarding me with the Kreativ Blogger Award!  So, I have to list 7 of my favorite things as part of it.  Here we go:

1. Browsing a bookstore and smelling books (old or new, both good smells!),

2. Getting up at 5 AM and watching the sun rise, especially on the beach, and feeling the sand between my toes,

3. The smell of wet leaves after a rain in autumn,

4. Hydrangeas, lupines, and lilacs,

5. Going to art museums and being alone to experience fantastic works of art by myself,

6. Closing my eyes and smelling the Long Island Sound in the air from miles away,

7. Sipping coffee and eating a scone or biscotti for breakfast.

These are only some of my many favorite things in life, they were just the first things I thought of, besides my loved ones, of course.  Now I will tag 7 bloggers who I think deserve this award.  These are some people who inspire me through their blogs, in no particular order:

Also a special mention to Tabitha, of course, who I would award if she hadn't already received it this week.  Thank you, again!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Now on Exhibition: Landscapes/Dreamscapes of the Delmarva Peninsula

Here is my painting from the last post, "Dreamscape- View of the Newark Reservoir" on exhibition at the Newark Arts Alliance:

The Artist's Reception on Friday went well.  I loved meeting the other artists and seeing different depictions of the beautiful landscape that makes up our wonderful Mid-Atlantic region of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.  My painting is at the end of one wall in the gallery's exhibition space:

If you are in the Newark, Delaware area at all this month, I would recommend you come see the exhibition, especially if you are partial to landscapes as I am.