My Day Job. Our Latest Event at the Studio at Living Opportunities.
If you follow my blog closely, you have
heard about my “day job.”
Local artist: Susan Derosa, I love her.
Local Artist: Kim Novak
Studio Artist from the Studio at Living Opportunities. This young lady, with a hearing disability, paints beautiful artwork.
Art by Dan Mish, Studio Creative Director with Local Artist Dana Faegin.
Local artists sharing their work at the Studio at Living Opportunities. Thank you friends of the Studio, Gabriel Lipper and Peggi Smith. Peggi, you are super fun.
Artist Yang Yu and interested buyer, Fran Batzer.
“Celebration” by Yang Yu, probably my favorite of the whole exhibition!
Some inquiring folks admiring and talking with me about my current project “100 faces.”
This Studio artist paints about 52 paintings a year, one painting a week, within one hour.
Thank you to all the local artists: Susan Derosa, Dana Feagin, Elaine Frenett, Randall Grealish, Holly Herick, Keith Johnson, Gabriel Lipper, Dan Mish, Jana Parkes, Pegi Smith, Yang Yu, Kevin Christman, Stephanie Gentry, and Kim Novak. this event “in light of out vision…” helped to create awareness for the Studio. Come by and see us at the Studio at Living Opportunities, 32 South Central, Medford Oregon, USA. 2-4 M-F.
Loosely based on a flower, these abstract watercolors look great in any home—traditional to contemporary.
Hi friends, it has been a while since I have posted. Summer has been ultra busy, but so much fun. I love having the kids home, taking trips, visiting with friends and family, gardening and sitting by the pool. What will I do when the weather changes? Will I paint more? That will be the question. Meanwhile, an opportunity has possibly opened up to join a sort of Art Co-Op. “Creator’s Gallery.” If you are the praying type, or even if you’re not, please pray that the Lord would guide me on how to approach this new adventure.
I am technically challenged, but always willing to try something new, with art that is; I am not ready to skydive, although zip-lines are not out of the question. My new art exploration is called “Yupo” It is a ‘paper’ that is 100% polypropylene—plastic. Yes plastic paper. I am always willing to try something that is recycled. It is very different from wood pulp paper. It does not absorb any paint or water at all. Not surprising, but what is surprising is that it actually works with watercolor paints—”works” is the operative word here though. All of the pigment sits on top of the paper and takes a very long time to dry. The first time I used it, I hated it. The second time I used it, I think I liked it. I found that I had to really let loose and paint fast because the watercolors did things I did not expect. For example, the pigments do not move on the paper unless they have a push advantage. By this I mean a dominant color will push a less dominant color out of the way. Also, the more water you put on the paper, the more it will push pigments out of the way. (look at the rose I panted and see what the yellow and green did).
The second watercolor painting I did on Yupo was the “Blue Dog.” A totally different experience than the “Pat Austin Rose.” The “Blue Dog” is a subject I did from my memory and painted fast. It is also more abstract than the rose in that the colors are more adventurous. I don’t know anyone with a blue dog.
Take a look at these two paintings and give me feedback. If you have any experience with Yupo paper please let me know. Send me samples of your paintings or any hints on how to use it. Any painting or art on Yupo paper will possibly be selected fro a future blog about Plastic Paper and Recycled Art. Send your samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are my first two paintings on Yupo. No. 1 “Pat Austin Rose” and No. 2 “Blue Dog.”
Please give feedback. “I love it” or “looks great” are not constructive, please give input. Be specific, I won’t delete you as a friend—don’t worry. And remember, send in your pix of any Yupo art so I can post them on my future Yupo blog.
“Coco” third painting on Yupo below.
Just added a ne painting on Yupo. This is Lucy.
Creative Adventures is all about challenging yourself each and every day to create something new. Today instead of painting, making jewelry, designing a logo, or teaching kids, I helped a friend. We reconnected and talked about the current market. e commerce has changed things and we are forging ahead. There is so much joy in helping others. Here is a sample of Karen’s work.
Check it out at “Little Bridget Jewelry” on facebook or ETSY. I would totally wear her designs, how about you?
Ever wonder how much a rainy day effects you mood? Mimi gets tired of the rain most days, but today she welcomed it because it kept her indoors to paint. The frogs are croaking, and last night the air smelled of blossoms. It is no wonder Mimi would paint flowers again. Somehow her painting—as well as her mood—has been influenced by the rain. The lack of sunshine in the sky has shown up in her painting. Still only three colors have been used on her palette, red, blue and yellow. It is helping somewhat with color harmony and she is getting better at mixing colors. Mimi is still working on focal point and foreground vs. background. If you have any helpful information, leave Holly a comment and she will pass it along to Mimi.
What inspires you? For me it is people, my kids, family, friends, special occasions like birthdays and holidays. It always comes back to who’s on my mind. Today I had coffee with a new friend, who seems like an old friend. She continually inspires me to be the best I can be. So today I paint for Sandy. “Poppies for Sandy” Thanks for the inspiration wise friend, and the laughter. Check out Sandy’s blog and you’ll know why I like her so much.
“Adventures in Design” is taking an adventure.
It is Spring break here in Oregon and what better way to celebrate than to paint flowers. With extra time on her hands (Courtney, not me), I wanted to inspire her to paint. She loves art. Our quick sketch idea turned into quite an ordeal—five hours. First we looked for inspiration at morgue.com—a great site of royalty free photos by creatives for creatives. We picked a flower we both liked and sent it to the printer. Easy, right?… No. The printer was not going to cooperate. An hour later, with printer “woman handled” (ugh), we had our inspiration printed out.
Keeping my brain exercised while I’m waiting for work is always good. I get bored and want to try something new, this time it is a five week watercolor class. So I finally picked out one of my photos to paint. I used a grid to transfer in onto watercolor paper, and it sat for a whole week. Finally, tonight the background is started. Hopefully, it will inspire you to try something new. Take a peek.
So what happens when a small town designer hits the city with her son to explore his education opportunities? For one, I remembered that there are buildings taller than two stories. Another, that book stores exist that cover the same square footage as our entire downtown. And finally, that I am a very small part of a much larger world. As a creative person it is so important to get out of your environment and see what others are doing, what’s current, and look for inspiration. It can come from anything—buildings, bridges, trees, sky, clothing, books, signage—man made or God made use it all. Get out and refuel. Go somewhere new, or go to your favorite spot and clear your mind so you will have room for some new fresh ideas.