I’m taking a little break in March from teaching classes so I can focus on creating some more original large-scale work. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not busy.
On Sunday, March 25th I’ll be participating in the All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit happening at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook event.
And a new painting. This was my first experience with both watercolor grounds and gold leaf flakes. For those who are unfamiliar with watercolor grounds, it’s a compound used to treat canvas to make it suitable for watercolor painting. This is great for playing with watercolor without worrying about framing a piece in order to display it.
Today I taught a pastel portrait class for beginners at Tulpehocken Exchange. It was the perfect activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was an intimate group with creative folks including musicians and a sculptor. I taught them some basics using dry pastel and offered tips on facial proportions, color, the blending vs. texture balance, and various methods of achieving different styles. Pastels are a great way to get vivid, painterly affects. They’re a wonderful step into painting. (Or use on their own.) Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the class.
All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit
My next show will be at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. It’s a pop-up exhibit “featuring artists that fall at ALL points on the weird spectrum.” CLICK HERE to visit the Facebook event. I hope to unveil some new pieces there.
Time/Date: March 25th, 12 – 4 PM
Location: Newark Arts Alliance
276 E Main St, Suite 102
Newark, Delaware 19711
Chinchilla Floral Those who know me in person know that I have 2 ornery chinchillas that I love to pieces. I created this small watercolor painting of a chinchilla floral print. It’s now available on Society6 on phone cases pillows, travel mugs, stickers, and other projects. Personally, I think it’s perfect to show your chinchilla love with a snazzy phone case. You can visit my shop HEREChinchilla Floral
Click on the image to go directly to the chinchilla floral products.
I haven’t had much time to create something just for myself. Between creating images for library programs and art classes I’ve been teaching, I haven’t had much time to myself. I finally was able to create this small mixed media piece, The Elizabethan Librarian.
I am working on a long-term portrait project with a private collector. The series highlights humanitarians who risked their lives for their cause. (Many ended up being martyred for them, like the latest portraits in this post.) The portraits are in black and white, with a small area of red to signify their sacrifice.
The latest duo of portraits feature Harvey Milk, the progressive openly gay politician, who was murdered by a conservative political colleague, and Martin Luther King, Jr, whose story every school age kid knows. These two portraiture subjects stood for sexual and racial equality in the ’60’s and ’70’s. It’s alarming how relevant they are in 2017.
I was lamenting my hormonal woes and how they can lead me to feel out of control of my emotions when the menstrual monster is lurking under the bed. A friend commented “It’s like the drunk text of womanhood.” That phrase was so apt. I knew I had to draw it in some capacity.
Well, here she is. There will probably be an on-canvas version of her at some point.
Every year in late spring Wilmington turns its skating rink into an outdoor beach themed beer garden, complete with sand, boardwalk, and lounge chairs. It’s pretty fun. Last night I made my annual pilgrimage there. Sketching, drinking, and putting your toes in the sand makes for a rather enjoyable night.