The past six months I have been focusing on the human figure which I find fascinating. Here I was experimenting with black backgrounds to create a more dramatic feel.
Below I painted on Yupo with watercolor adding color & marks with total abandon then painted the negative space around the model. I think it would read better if the background was totally black.
My grand daughter at the beach. To the right an Art Deco thing going on and below a 1940’s model. It was great fun but what do you say; yes try some more or no move on?
Each Friday you can find me painting with a wonderful group of artists at the Museum of Art. The open studio has a new live model week and today it was Christina.
Christina is a beautiful young woman with the most gorgeous long red hair. As you see my style is very loose, I am happiest when I capture the essence of the person not their exact likeness.
I think I am finding that painting the human figure is my passion so I will keep on honing my skills.
I would be a delight to hear your comments .
May I be one of the many to wish you Happy Holidays and an adventurous New Year.
Our Christmas will be peaceful and quiet but none the less precious. Our family flew in and drove to spend 4 days with us at Thanksgiving so Christmas is happily shared with the other side of the family.
My New Year’s goal is to make videos of my art process which I then post to social media. I am following the lead of Mary Gilkerson via her blog and UTube presentations. She is a great teacher if you are looking for some artistic input.
OK, I said it out loud so now I have to keep my new resolution.
FEATURED PAINTING MIXED MEDIA IN THE CITY
I like high key paintings, the ones with the pastel soft colors that make you feel like you are wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold day. Most of the time I start out with the intention of painting using soft colors and then something takes over where dark value contrast sneak in. Funny how old habits are hard to break even when I know what I should be doing.
With the above collage I held the course with my high key palette and before my eyes a city scape appeared. Yea team!
Each Friday you can find me painting with a wonderful group of artists at the Museum of Art. The open studio has a new live model week and today it was our monitor because the regular model didn't show up. He did a great job!
Just to add pizzazz, Keith put on a red bandanna which made him look like an urban pirate. I think I am finding that painting the human figure is my passion so I will keep on honing my skills.
I would be a delight to hear your comments .
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Off the Deep End again, which is the official new term for creative extremes.
Using my home made paste paper I fashioned a mamma bird with three little fledglings on a geometric background.
The colors are a bit bold, the design wonky and the birds have big confident personalities.
SINGING RUSSIAN PEASANT GIRL
After my adventure with painting on coconuts I advanced to gourds. As luck would have it, my husband found 4-6 huge dried gourds at a local flea market; “Oh, Mary would like these!”And so my short lived career in gourd painting began.
Much to my surprise all of these over size gourds sold at different art shows that I entered but I did not want to be known as the gourd lady so I stopped after my gourd supply ran out. I enjoyed my time with the hard shelled fruit. This is a small gourd and the only one that I saved for myself
FEATURED PAINTING AFRICAN MASK 11/15/17
This is a TBT (Throw Back Thursday) item. Several years ago I was asked to do some coconut art for a charity fundraiser, I jumped in with both feet and started collecting dried coconuts which is not hard to do living in Florida. Each coconut has a unique shape so I can’t make daisy out of something shaped like a football. Just to brag a little my most popular design was a football, I could have sold that four times at a tent art show.
I sit and look at the coconut to see what it wants to become. This fruit said; African Mask, so after some research on the computer I came up with this amazing creature. Not exactly fine art but I enjoyed my sojourn into painting on coconuts.
FEATURED PAINTING: YELLOW FLOWERS
Every once in a while a painting gets damaged during an exhibit. None of the handlers mean to harm my babies but it does happen.
Yellow Flowers has a small scratch on the glass surface that I cannot repair. It does not take away from the textural rice paper and watercolor painting but I can not sell it at full price with a clear conscience. It is professionally matted and framed in a bold hot pink frame for a youthful unique statement.
So…I would like to offer Yellow Flowers mixed media for 50% off. The list price is $295 but for you it will be, $150 + tax. In addition I will give you free shipping.
Think about it, an original work of art for 50% off plus free shipping!
Many years ago I volunteered at Art Mundo in Ft. Pierce, Fl. As a fundraiser they asked artists to design 12 original art pieces for their calendar which they would auction off.
I took the challenge coming up with “The Year of the Bugs”.
My Praying Mantis is a watercolor /pastel background with home made paste papers for the body. I used pen and ink to fill in the details and I think it is one snazzy insect.
Mary Ellen Koser