Friday, April 24, 2009

Whats On The Easel

Moving along nicely this week. Black Iris feels 80% complete. Really like the way the sheer color glazes look on top of the pearlized color. The back ground needs some variation, especially the lower left corner. I see that area as being very much darker.

New for my quote series! I love creating these. They are my painting therapy! This one has yummy color and textures combined with a great quote.

Be sure to check out my Etsy shop for prices and other quote series works.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bold Idea, Brilliant Talk

Bold Idea, Brilliant Talk: Shai Agassi's TED talk about electric cars. Even if you don't think this is a good idea - he makes it really hard to stop listening.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Whats On The Easel

Not much progress in the last two weeks. Exhibition and grades take up a lot of my time. This Friday is the start of spring break. Yeehaa!

Black Iris is still in the under painting stage. The whites are Golden Iridescent Pearl and Micaceous Iron Oxide and Bone Black for the darks. Glazing liquid keeps the color workable - I LOVE glazing. The blue and violet so far are just one thin layer of glaze with the under painting showing through.

Glazing is like layering sheer, slippery colors on top of each other and yet still letting the other colors show through. The depth and vibrancy that the colors create together could never be achieved alone. Although the color layers harden on the top, one can still scrub or agitate the surface a bit to get to some beautiful layers beneath. You find all kinds of surprises under the layers

The plan is for this beauty to be a very dark, blue black and velvety image in a sea of yellow orange. At some point I need to look up the actual name of this Iris. The real name will be the title.

The Element

Sir Kenneth Robinson gave one of the most inspiring TED talk I have ever listened to. I have just gotten half way through his book "The Element" - How finding your passion changes everything. If you have children in our schools, you should read this book.

If you believe that the USA is squandering our greatest asset by stifling creativity or, if you just wonder why so many kids don't want to be in school, listen to this talk and then read the book.

You just may take up a new direction for yourself and find that old spark you used to feel in grade school.