|Universes among the River Birch by Karen Phillips|
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
|Red Flight, gouache on board, by Karen Phillips|
This is Red Flight, a painting I did earlier this year. I wanted to try gouache on a board with some texture. I used light molding paste and gesso to create some yummy texture underneath the gouache. I had a lot of fun working this painting and learning more about gouache.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
This is an image I created towards the beginning of this year. I painted this using gouache and lots of water. Again, more circles.
Monday, October 14, 2013
|Mr. Cason's Vegetable Garden|
As we visited the various gardens, I caught glimpses of patterns and shapes that I found intriguing and took a few pictures.
I find it's important to take time away from my studio and experience new environments that may or may not lead to inspiration for new work. How about you? What do you do to relax and/or inspire yourself?
This painting is the start of my Circle series that I started working on earlier this year. My inspiration for this work started with a question, "When is it ok to be exclusive?"
At the time, there was so much in the news about one group or another wanting to exclude another. I started thinking about why we form groups or cliques and recognized our need to feel a part of something, something that helps us feel whole. We seek to join with others, to perhaps become something more than we are as individuals.
|Seeking Unity, Acrylic on canvas by Karen Phillips|
|Circle Series, Mixed Media on canvas by Karen Phillips|
So I've been playing with these ideas and seeing what I can discover. This grouping of five circles has my attention for the moment. In the above painting there is some separation between the first circle and the rest of the group. Does it want to join or doesn't it? I'm not sure yet.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
|Stream of Consciousness painting, 18x24, gouache on paper by Karen Phillips|
I've been looking through some of the paintings I did on this paper from last year and found this colorful image. It's amazing how often the circle appears in my work. Recently, I've been working on a series of paintings in acrylic with the theme of circles. I am using this series to dig a little and find out what my attachment is to this symbol. I will post some of those tomorrow. What recurring symbols or images do you find in your work?
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Feeling so grateful today.
I am so grateful for all the family and friends that are in my life, all that I'm able to do, and all that I am able to share along this wonderful road called life.
What are you grateful for?
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Well I've done it. I've located all the bottles that I will need for this class. I went to a convenience store at a gas station and our neighborhood market (where I found out that I can't buy just one bottle of beer). I ended up having to do a little dumpster diving (recycled dumpster, that is). Next step: spray paint them all a nice matte white.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Here she is. My first bottle for the video course Barnstone Method I'm studying. She will go through a bit of a transformation and meet new friends soon as I progress through the program.
Right now I'm learning how to do quick sketches using circles, triangles and squares. Everything has a relationship!
I'm off to hunt down three more bottles to complete the set. Wish me luck.
|My first bottle for use with online drawing course, Barnstone Method|
|Notes and initial sketches|
Saturday, October 5, 2013
There are times when I like to approach a blank sheet of paper with a paintbrush full of color and see what I can discover. A line here, a dab there and lots of drips lead to new possibilities for paintings.
What fun! Creating drippy shapes can lead to lovely discoveries. What do you do to find inspiration?
Friday, October 4, 2013
Sometimes, it's just a matter of asking "what if?" I've been working on paintings with circles for a while now and I wanted to give myself a break. So I started playing with gouache on paper, looking for new forms to explore. In a flash the "what if?" question pops up. What if I tried the circles with gouache?
|Exploration of Circles in gouache by Karen Phillips|
This leads me to ask, "What if I tried this on canvas with some texture?" I must see what happens.
|Circle Series, 12"x12"|
Acrylic on canvas
by Karen Phillips
Oh! I just love what happens when I listen to that little whisper of inspiration. How do you find inspiration?
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I love color! I love watching it flow down a piece of paper, leaving traces of itself behind. While I've picked up tidbits from friends and books I've read, I don't feel that I have the mastery I would love to have. I marvel at Eva Macie's and Patricia Bohannon's knowledge of color.
I'm so excited! Today I found some online courses that I believe will help me take my use of color and design to the next level. Myron Barnstone offers a several online classes (and DVDs) that are just what I have been looking for. I'll keep you posted as to my progress.
|Exploration of Circles in gouache by Karen Phillips|
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Today is the first day of Blogtoberfest and is being hosted by Michelle Reynolds on her blog Shells in the Bush. I'm so excited to participate in a group blog-a-thon. My intention for the next 31 days is to share with you exploration of ideas and observations I create using paint, paper, and whatever else I find to use in my art making.
Finding Ideas in a Frying PanThe idea I'm playing around with now started a few days ago when I was sautéing some mushrooms that my husband had cut up. For some reason, he cut one of them differently and seeing one of these slices in the pan sparked an idea that I had to explore. I started off using gouache (opaque watercolor) and charcoal in Exploration #1 and ended up layering images of painted tracing paper onto a larger image in Exploration #4.
|Sautéed Mushrooms Exploration #1 by Karen Phillips|
|Sautéed Mushrooms Exploration #4 by Karen Phillips|