Once upon a time an artist had a large canvas which had been a Rothko like experiment. It never went anywhere so consider it a canvas ground color to try my new expressionist style.
I am attracted to the 1930-1950 fashion so I researched some photos on Morguefile.com which shares free photos for artists.
Can you see the ground color peeking through the blue sky?
To complete the lady reading I added a stylized sky and some shadows. This was never meant to be a realistic painting merely a personal interpretation.
I discovered that I am happiest when painting with color and the freedom to do just as I please. I am not tied to perfect perspective, perfect value or perfect local colors. I like mixed media with stenciling and the addition of papers to my work and I like painting people.
Getting rid of the "perfect" seems to be the key for me to relax and let the paint flow.
So now what do I do with this enlightenment?
Just paint and enjoy the journey.
Who says one needs more wardrobe storage? For me, clothes not so much, but art supplies and art business stuff.... oh yeah.
I have reorganized my 10x12 bedroom studio at least 50 times! My mind functions best in organization and all of it is labeled (so I can find it). My daughter gave me a labeler for a gift many years ago and it has been well used.
I have a wooden table that just fit into the closet space so that became computer headquarter, bill paying and canvas storage. A wooden shoe rack made a great canvas storage if they are turned on end. Next I went to Target for some wire closet organizers. These hang down from the wire shelf rack that was in the closet; always looking for the use of vertical space.
Repurposed book shelves.(see photo below)
Once again I have stored things up to the ceiling, labeled them and reorganize when I see a more efficient way to do things.
Drafting table by the window.( see photo below)
Did you notice the beads at the window? I got them at a flea market and just had to have them. In my studio anything goes; carpet has been trashed with splattered paint, I painted big polka dots on the walls for color and you did see the beads. This is my fun spot.
Repurposed sewing table.( photo below)
One of the best things I did was create a larger surface area to work on. It was always on a time consuming search and find while creating a new painting. My windmill easel is in the middle of the room which takes up the free space to move about easily but after numerous relocation tries that seems to be the best location. In a corner the light was bad, straight in front of the window there is a light glare and my body casts a shadow on the painting surface.
If you are thinking of buying a windmill easel ( photo below) please note that it needs a larger space than my small bedroom/studio. No regrets, it is great to be able to turn the painting 360 degrees and it will lay flat if you want to work on a mixed media piece.
Wishing you painting bliss.
SAFARI- PANDA BEAR
Look at that face....what's not to love?
OK, so I will do the show circuit again. I have decided to do a few select shows with the Vero Beach Art Club and one guest artist spot with Main Street Vero Beach Gallery.
Panda Bear will be exhibited at the Museum of Art with other club members in our annual Member's Invitational Show. September 12th through October 17, 2016 I will have my art work exhibited.
The exhibit is located in the Hazel Education Studio Gallery of the Vero Beach Museum of Art. The gallery is located immediately to your right as you pass the welcome desk. Entrance to the gallery is free of charge.
Vero Beach is a great place to live with a caring community for so many worthy causes. I was contacted asking if I would donate to a silent auction to benefit the Polio Plus event sponsored by our local Rotary Club.
Happy to do so!
Indian River Rotary Club
4-9 Riverhouse, Vero Beach, Fl.
FUNDRAISER FOR POLIO PLUS.
I decided to donate one of my impressionistic pieces titled "Orange Poppies". Here's hoping it finds a good home and it raises many dollars for the cause.
Mary Ellen Koser