Saturday, April 26, 2008

Note Cards

It's been a busy week and it's not over yet. There's been so much positive response at my church about the big posters and how they add life and color to an otherwise huge white room and so many requests for prints or cards that I got on the ball and did it. Thanks to my photographer/printer, David Hooten, all 10 of the most recent pieces have been printed as 5 x 7" note cards and will be for sale at our church with proceeds to benefit outfitting the kitchen remodel. I'll offer them through the blog as soon as I can figure out how to do that most efficiently. They're beautiful. David printed them so the art bleeds to the edge; the print quality is such that they can be framed. We'll also offer framed prints in 3 sizes: 5x7, 9x12, and 18x24. We're off and running with this.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Line after line

Some mornings I come into the studio without a single idea about what I will do next. Today was like that. I was determined to paint something; I just didn't know what that something would be, so rather than start with a fresh scary white canvas I pulled out three 8 x 10 canvases that I started working on last summer. The colors were okay but did little to jog my creativity so I mixed a dab of chromium oxide green acrylic into a dollop of titanium white and brushed that lightly onto each canvas, barely covering the color beneath.

Before the paint had a chance to dry I dragged a palette knife through the paint to draw lines in the wet paint, revealing a bit of what's underneath. The lines in each piece are different, some just straight lines, some grids. I chose to continue on just one today... adding a block of letters front and center and then some bits torn from rice paper which are decidedly Asian but I don't know what country. Then I added a border of blue and some soft highlights around the edges and called it good.

I'll get to the other canvases another day.
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