Monday, December 27, 2010
I wanted to do this in my "new" style...and so it was going to be a little pattern challenging from the get go. In the end I found it pleasant to play with this...and now it is done...
I am excited that next will be the second installment of a baby animal for my daughter's nursery. I am honored that she asked me to do a series for our little someone...busy times! FUN times!
Monday, December 20, 2010
We have gotten the BEST early Christmas present ever...We are going to be grandparents for the first time!! My baby is having a baby and I couldn't be more thrilled! So, on or near my birthday this next August there will be a new little one added to this family! YEA!
The day I found out I was to have each of my two most wonderful children I went out and bought a Winnie the Pooh. I've always been attracted to that little bear...his childlike innocence...his sweetness...his kindness...and the colors in that cartoon always inspired me!...So, to follow along with the tradition...the moment the sun rose I was out looking for a Pooh Bear for our newest little one...his or her first Christmas present from his or her...grand (whatever he or she wishes to call me!)...
Needless to say Christmas came to my house early this year!!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Anyway, one more down (now it's gotta dry!)...and I can't remember how many more to go! I hope the rest of you are having a sick free holiday season...I'm 11 days and STILL not 100%...but, at least my hands still work!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
4x4" oil and paper on fiberboard panel
Being sick for so long (for me...I'm almost NEVER sick)...has been a strange experience. I feel like I am in another world...everything tastes funny, everything looks a little fuzzy, or like it doesn't visually taste like everyone else sees it...Does that make sense?? See, to my fuzzy brain it made a lot of sense!
In the middle of this I started a simple white daisy for my niece. She is in to black and red and dark stuff, but likes daisies, so I wanted to do something that would satisfy that need to be dark, but yet have some happy looking too!
"Sunlit" is the end result. I don't think I'm going to know for awhile if it looks ok...I've got to dry it quickly and get it in the mail...so, I'm hopin it makes her smile and now on to the next one!!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
8"x10" oil and paper on cradled panel with 1" stained in green cradle
Even though I've just painted a Christmassy piece I did want to wish everyone a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I am thankful for all of you!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
5"x5" oil on gallery wrap canvas
OFF TO OKLAHOMA!
Yep, yesterday Dotti's Mums looked like wallpaper...NOT what I was going for even though the reference was more the middle of a bunch of mums. What I believe makes this work is it brings the focus back to the particular flowers I was, well, focusing on! I rather like the way the previous background is a part of the new skyish background I added later. It brings unity in a subtle way.
Don't be afraid to rework a piece, or even scrap it if you can't make it work like was your vision! Remember, there aren't really failures...just opportunities for learning and improving your work through experimentation or re working.
One thing I've learned as I've got a few decades under my belt is that not every thing you try is going to be successful, but if you learn a thing or two in the process the value is in that!
Dotti is an old friend of my mother's. I've known her since I was in third grade. She and her husband are now living in an assisted living facility in the town where my parents live in Oklahoma and such a sweet couple! She thinks of herself as an extended parent to us and was talking the other day when my mother was showing her some of my work. All it took was a simple comment about not having anything of mine and my mom was on it. Apparently she likes mums (NOT my specialty, but for my mom and Dotti...anything!) so my mom requested a painting for her for Christmas. Hope you like it Dotti!
I think today will be a blue poinsettia. I saw the MOST beautiful colors at the last show I entered which was in our famous Echters garden extravaganza shop and just had to snap a few pics!
Whatever your pleasure today...HAPPY CREATING!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I suppose you will have no trouble understanding why I haven't done another painting...YEP, I'm a mess! I always know when it is time to re-organize and clean when my actual workspace shrinks to, well...NO ROOM TO WORK! Yep, again, that is me today! I always say I won't let it get this way again...but I get excited about a new something and then another something...and before I know it I'm dealing with piles!
SO...cleaning and re-organizing again...hopefully tomorrow I can start all new and fresh!
Since I have a bit of room in this blog spot...I'll give you a little update on the dresser I refinished a couple of weeks ago...Remember the black one?? WELL, the story didn't end there...It was an old dresser; had obviously been sitting in someone's musty basement for OH, I don't know...about a hundred years! In short...IT SMELLED AWFUL! The insides of the drawers were all musty and yucky, and since it is right by my side of the bed I could smell it...YUCK! I wasn't about to put anything in there...so I began to try to fix it...FIRST, I let it air out on the deck for a few days...drug it back in...NO LUCK...THEN I washed all the surfaces with pine sol...THAT DIDN'T WORK EITHER...SO, I finally stumbled upon an old method that antique dealers use...SO FAR IT SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED...so...TIP: Wash all the unfinished wood in DENATURED ALCOHOL...let dry...then spray two coats of SHELLAC and VOILA! So far this smells awesome!! WHEW...that was my yesterday...
HERE'S HOPING YOU ALL HAVE A SMELL FREE WEEKEND! HAPPY CREATING!!
Friday, November 19, 2010
"A Moment in Time" original acrylic and paper painting on gallery wrap canvas © Saundra Lane Galloway
"A Moment in Time"
12" x 4" on gallery wrap canvas painted around
This title gave me much more angst than the whole painting! That is often the case with my work. My joy is in the creative process; the name is the last thing I do. The title for this was important to me as I admire the person who inspired it. Alisa Burke is one of the most creative individuals I've come across. She is multi talented, creative, energetic, and SO NICE! Thanks again to Alisa for allowing me to use your image for this inspiration! I think of all the things that Alisa is...she is a painter, photographer, writer, wonderful cook, decorator...and on it goes. The photo I worked from for this particular painting was just a moment in time for this woman...she has so many wonderful sides! So, when I took the time and thought about her..the title was there!
I could have painted the figure in oil, but decided to go with acrylic as I wanted it to be more stylized than painterly (though I KNOW all you acrylic painters out there; myself included; will tell me that you can get painterly strokes with acrylic too...but why fight it...ha...I agree...but acrylic just seemed to speak to me!) I was going for the edges and simplicity!
I still have more figures inside of me...maybe even another of Alisa...I have a great foreshortening shot of her sitting...it will have a more modern feel just due to the pose and the clothes...FUN!...but I also want to do my kids in some way...cuz I just want to...:)
I have a quick little commission of mums to do next and then on to another figure or two...or three...we shall see!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
After making sure my surface was painted as I wanted I added some papers to strengthen my intent. Note I added my streams near where the face will be to just add a little more sumpin to the area that will be the obvious focus; the face!
As you can see I decided to stick with the original image instead of adding feet. The primary reason for this is I wanted Alisa's figure to take a good amount of the surface of the piece, so it worked out best to keep the drawing as the photo was; which is better for me so I don't have to impose legs (which aren't all that important in this piece) from another photo.
As it turns out I like the way the skirt is going to have pleats at the bottom...going off the visual space; so at this stage it appears that what I am trying to convey works! YEA...but, we aren't finished yet!...so stay tuned to tomorrow to see if what I THINK is going to work...does...:)
WELCOME TO MY NEWEST FOLLOWERS...and HAPPY CREATING!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I am excited about doing figures for a little while. I started it because I want to enter a show titled "Women in art" or something similar for one of my new guilds; Ken Caryl (a great group of people by the way)...and now I'm fascinated to see how I can fuse this with my new way of working...FUN STUFF!
I was searching around for more subject matter...my kids will be among them...but I'm still deciding which reference photos to use for them...SO, in the meantime I began to think about just what other figures I want to use. A wonderful artist, writer, crafter and blogger I have met through blogging is Alisa Burke. Alisa is one of the most inspiring people I've come across in the blogging world. She is so full of energy and ideas...and she's beautiful, and a wonderful artist to boot. As I've been following her blog I notice that she is also an incredible photographer as well...and, she often poses for the camera to display some of the incredible creative things she makes...and I like a lot of her poses...SO, I wrote her and asked if I could use her figure as reference for a painting or two. Alisa; being also very generous, gave me a wholeheartedly positive response saying I could use anything...even asked if she could help in any way...THAT'S what I love about artists...most are so generous! I'm never afraid to show you my process...as it IS in process...because as we all know it can work or we can use it as a learning experience as we try again! That is the beauty of what we do! I remain committed to letting you all in on my journey as it unfolds for me...hoping you can be inspired as well as hopefully learn from my hits as well as my misses! Let's see which. This will be! FUN!
SO, thank you Alisa...I've started a background for one of the poses I chose...your beautiful San Diego was the inspiration for the background. It is loosely based on the beautiful skies when the sun is setting...along the beach...I began by applying flexible modeling paste to the entire surface of this stretched gallery wrap canvas and then tinted the whole thing with a dark mixture of purple and brown and then added my color on top...leaving some to show underneath.
My next step will be to consider what paper I want to add, where, and how...and only then will it be time to sketch the basic figure on top of that...I LOVE the tilt of her head in this and the slight angle in her scarf (that I may exaggerate a bit)...and those pleats...yummm!! You can see here that Alisa doesn't have any feet...well, I'm a gonna use her feet from another pic of course!! FUN DOINS!
Follow along as I go step by step with this exciting new experiment!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
"Mother and Daughter"
6" x 6" acrylic (and paper) on gallery wrap canvas
As it turns out I found a measure of success with this piece by doing very little. Shaping up a bit, filling in white areas, strengthening some contrast areas, learning HOW I wanted to show the faces and gestures (which for me was to keep it simple), and adding a bit of paper stream to tie it all together within the way I've chosen to work...was all it took. I'm happy with the end result for this particular piece.
I didn't want to have the texture of the canvas showing through, so I added texture to the surface of the entire canvas before painting. For me, it added to the effect I was going for which was to convey the gesture and the emotion it brings rather than a faithful rendition of our faces.
As you can see, I painted around rather than continuing the figures on the sides and bottom...There was no need to add extra information beyond the viewing plane.
I want to explore the figure through the emotion of color and gesture more...I feel a series coming...even if it isn't successive! Stay tuned...let's see if I can pull it off! (That was more for me...ha)
Monday, November 15, 2010
I look upon this as a learning experience first and foremost. I don't like it at this stage...may scrap it and start over, but I'm learning...that is the point of most of my work...Failure is not the word I would use...a LEARNING experience is more accurate.
I think it needs a lot of work...but I'm on a track, so I will follow it until I deem it either salvageable or not...and then move on to a completed piece, or a new beginning! INTERESTING and INTERESTINGER! FUN...may it always be FUN!
On a new note: Some of you may know, if you read many of my posts, that family and God are very important to me. God being first, cuz He gave me everything...my family, my talent, ME...so, I have begun a new blog on the topic called: GODLY PERSPECTIVES. It is a very candid, hopefully NOT catty look at experiences and events that come into life and my search for Godly answers. Right now I have no idea just WHERE it will take me...my goal is that it will take me to Godly answers to my very regular dilemmas! Being a woman, I will say that this is from a female perspective, but I always invite the male view if you dare! HA. I hope to use humor in as many of these posts as possible, but I suspect in the beginning it will be hard to find the humor in some. I do NOT want to name names, or humiliate anyone...so I will be careful, as careful as possible while searching for some very real answers. For those of you NOT interested in this topic don't fret...just don't hop over...I'm still the goofy, energetic person you read and see now! BUT, if this topic interests you...I invite you to see another side of a very outspoken, but loving girl!
For the artists out there...HAPPY CREATING!!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
6" x 17 3/4" with stained cradled sides
It was time to do a snow scene...I don't mind snow scenes; in fact I love the contrast the snow against everything gives...it is just not a season I am ready for...so, I opted for a scene that I snapped the reference for AFTER the snow fell...so there is also COLOR in the foliage behind...and the wind wasn't blowing, so the trunks were clean...except for the exaggerated sun clinging to them. One of the things I love about being an artist...INTERPRETATION!
Adding trunks stage...HAPPY CREATING!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The first step was to cover my panel with acrylic. My goal in this first stage is to lay in color...work out the major composition and, well, get paint coverage on the board. I HATE leaving any "white"...gotta get it covered...it's a mental thing.
Stage two is laying in papers...still keeping in mind where I will need contrast, and in this case shadows in the snow...mentally placing my trees so I won't have to go back in and add later (which usually happens a little anyway).
Stage three is to lay in trees and finalize contrast areas and such...that's today!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Another interesting and a bit disturbing event took place over the weekend...DRAMA at the Up the Mountain Steakhouse where we have gallery walls. I got a call from one of the owners who told me she and her other owner hubby had been forced out of the business just like that! The current owners do NOT have good reputations in the business world; which left a dilemma! What to do with work that is up there and no longer under contract! I decided to hop up there and pull my work out before it was confiscated, and me without representation there. Most other artists went up to remove their work as well...so their walls are bare! The moment I removed my last piece I was kicked out and told I was trespassing! SHEESH! I am thankful for the warning so I was able to recapture my work to live on other walls! Artist's beware!! There are people out there who don't care about your "rights"...and may just have some legal "rights" of their own! If that place were to go under (which I suspect it will eventually as they raised their prices astronomically!)...and we had no contract we just might loose all work on the walls! WHEW...escaped a big one there!!
So...back to happier things...CREATING!! HAPPY, HAPPY CREATING TO YOU ALL!! And...welcome to my newest followers! LIFE IS GOOD...the SUN IS OUT...and snow won't come til tomorrow!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
STILL ugly, but getting there...
OK...so the paint came off...the sanding is completed...the size has been cut down. We cut off one and one half drawers. I'm liking that I'll have a shallow drawer for books and magazines and other various things... We filled the one hole and made two holes for pulls on each drawer...BUT,
When we came in the house we noticed a horrible smell...SOMETHING was in the wood or the stripper or ONE OF THOSE THINGS! At first it was "do you smell something weird?"...and then it was "Get those clothes off and I'll wash them...the STINK is us!"...so I did...hmmmm....I've refinished furniture before and never encountered THIS particular smell...but, oh well...I kept thinking of that Seinfeld episode about the stinky car...only it wasn't a body smell...it was an odd smell...
SO, yesterday I sanded a little bit and then began the painting process...didn't really get messy...but a little was on my clothes...I washed everything but the little over shirt I was wearing...it looked like I could wear it out there while painting today...so I hung it on a door knob in my dressing room and went about life.
TODAY I get up and go into the dressing room and BAM...the stink was BACK!...This time I knew it was hanging on my clothes, so I removed the shirt, and the room quickly went back to it's original regular smell...(BETTER)...but note to self...air out my dressing room!
I went to check on the dresser this morning and the paint didn't seem to cover like it usually does...hmmm...could the STINK be repelling even the paint?? I don't know...but I promise to get to the bottom of this and get back to you! I'm stubborn...one way or another this dresser/night stand is going to work! Tune in...
Friday, November 5, 2010
Here she is in all her UGLY glory! Chipped and horrible tan paint, knobs in the middle...but otherwise a solid wood piece that will work with some alterations! Color is obvious...YUCK...I need black to go in my bedroom...so that's a given...BUT, it is a little too tall, so one drawer is going to be cut off...paint stripped and holes filled as I plan to make these drawers a two pull operation...So...off I go! Hopefully in a couple of days it will be beautiful and I will proudly show you the end result. If it flops, I'll show you that too and we will all get a little laugh!
Not to be without my artwork in process at the same time I am working on a new piece that will be a wax collage or an encaustic or some such thing...but she needs to dry. Yes, that is a 300 lb piece of watercolor paper on the top...I'll explain as I go!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
12 x 12 1/2" MDF cradled panel
WOW did I decide to go in a different direction. I woke up this morning and immediately saw it completed with the fall colors in the aspen stand and the lower landscape nearly there. All it needed was a tweak of contrast here and there and color to bring the eye up to the areas of interest...although, all areas of a beautiful Colorado landscape are interesting to me!
I'm playing in wax today...having fun experimenting and developing more finished pieces for a workshop I hope goes in February. Come on all you out there that live near by...it's at the Aar River Gallery February 1-2 from 10-4. You'll have SO many things to play with you won't be bored! Don't be afraid of the winter, and the subject...it will be FUN!
I'm also taking advantage of this beautifully warm and sunny fall we are having by redoing an old dresser I found for my bedroom...It's ugly now, but when I'm finished it will be beautious...well, thanks to my hubby dear who will be cutting the top drawer off and replacing the top so it will be JUST RIGHT!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
and...of course there is always the possibility of leaving it largely as is and just putting in some small bits here and there...:) THAT IS THE FUN PART!!
This is a process picture of my newest piece. This one is coming along, but will take a few minutes more to complete as I am not working from a reference photo.
Early in my career I would NEVER attempt to work without a complete reference photo in front of me, but seeing as how I am constantly LOOKING at my beautiful mountains, and have done so many of this subject I have gotten to a place where I can IMAGINE a thing...to a place where I want to build a dream of a place in my mind...
HOWEVER, I always work from reference photos or from life if I'm lucky enough to be sitting in front of something this awesome...for me the reference is some snowy mountain pics, and some trees.
I originally wanted to do a pine with a long branch coming from the left side leaving the scene...today will the the day I play around with that to see what I REALLY want in front...Things I keep in mind is composition (always), and finding ways to show contrast...otherwise since there is SO much going on in our mountains that we need to edit as artists for the sake of a painting would just disappear into the landscape...so, that is my challenge today!
I've been working on a new wax collage piece in my mind...just about to get going on that one...JUST IN TIME...or a little early for Valentines Day and my article coming out in the Jan/Feb issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!
Monday, November 1, 2010
4x4" oil on fiberboard panel with slots on back
Stained on sides
Had another pink geranium oil mini in me for the day! Hmmm...is two a series or a duo or a couple?? Whichever works!
I'm laughing at the fun response I got from followers after my comment about my 140 followers...thanks to all who offered to join twice to get me above 140...Must have worked as we are now at 142! YEA!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Just a reminder, it doesn't take long to put a smile on an artist's face...I needed one today...It's been a rough few days...just life...just old mean life...but, we always pick ourselves back up as long as we bring in breath and can start again!
I'm sort of laughing to myself...140 must be my lucky; or unlucky number. No matter what happens to my followers list...it always comes back to 140...Guess I'm not posting enough for some and they go away...but it never seems to fail...I get to 141 and think I'm coming back, and someone drops off. I screwed up my self and actually asked a couple artist friends if they dropped because all of a sudden they weren't there anymore...they said no...so, I wonder if the ole blogspot is messing with me...any way...glad for those of you who stop by...
Monday, October 25, 2010
"Sunflower in Oil"
4x4 " oil on fiberboard panel
Just a little breather from the fun collage to do a little FUN mini in oil. I'm having a hard time letting go of summer...I hear we may get snow tonight...:) I needed a little sunshine in a flower! This piece is created on my fiberboard panels that have slots on back for hanging...OR, their 1/2" depth makes them perfect for sitting on a shelf or on a small easel...PLUS, you could get creative with framing if you wanted to place them on a board to make a larger piece! The possibilities are endless...
Now, on to more something...!!
Friday, October 22, 2010
3 3/4" x 23 1/2" collage on MDF panel with green stained 1 3/4" cradled sides
A fun little experiment with the fall aspen as they are beginning to change. The leaves are paper which gives this just a bit of depth in reality as well as look. I like these long skinny ones...they are great for hanging or can be set on a mantle! FUN!
at first it was too much "round" shapes...with the addition of the abstract trees coming down in the background it gave the piece the contrast in shape I felt it needed.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mt. Evans Panorama
apx. 18" x 48"
MDF panel with 1 3/4" cradled sides stained English Oak
After a bit of tweaking; adding papers, playing with the sky I can happily call this largish piece finished! I have to admit that I used to be intimidated by larger pieces with my style, but I've since completing a couple I have found it just as enjoyable though a bit tricky moving it from my easel where I paint to my collage table where I...collage...as my studio is rather small...It's kind of like bumping your elbows in a small shower...even though bumping the collage doesn't physically hurt...I still say "ouch"!
This pic is from early winter where the snow still sits on the mountain, but in between snows so large it covered the foreground. I find it a good reference as we all know contrast is a good thing!
I am happy to say we were able to reschedule the dates for my workshop on collage at the Aar River Gallery to Feb. 1-2. For registration forms please follow this link. IF you want to learn more about my process AND be caught up on the newest things out there in collage ideas...AND want to see in person my process in wax collage and paper casting (which will be featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Cloth Paper Scissors) AND create one yourself in this jam packed two day workshop I hope to see you there!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
It's gotten a bit dark here, so the photo didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but you get the drift. The darks you see in the bottom acrylic lay in are the same across...what I wanted to show in process is my approach to the mountains...I sketch in the silhouette and then work with modeling paste to bring in some extra texture, which, when paint is applied works so well for those shadows and contrasts! You may have to click on this one to see the drawing and modeling paste application...I promise the finished piece will be a good picture!
This will be our Mt. Evans in snow as the winter is coming...and I can't stop it...Also, the mountains seem to look so strong when they have snow and shadows.
My application on the bottom will nearly cover completely the painted surface on bottom, but I maintain it is a valuable process as some colors do peek through and give it just that more umph! The streaming I've begun on top has become my signature of sorts, so I love to apply something that weaves throughout...plus it is just another thing that leads ones eye across.
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