I recently took an abstract class at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Since it’s been years since I’ve taken an art class of any kind, I was attracted to this particular class because I’m always looking for more incite into a form of art I really enjoy, but still have trouble understanding occasionally. Abstract
Please don’t ask where the idea came from for this piece, I don’t think I even know. I remember walking into class with several printed copies of ideas I could work with. But, that was all incase the instructor asked us to do the exercises I was prepared for. (Wishful thinking)
I always like the idea of stacking things together. Like coffee cups, bowls, bottles etc. In my mind was an idea simmering of what I might paint based on the guide lines we were given. Other than that, we were all using student grade paints…I guess that’s ok, we were the students. Brushes had been trashed, so I had a few of my own, but I swear that’s all I brought with me!
Before I knew it I had my sketch roughed in, and was planning to do something I’ve never thought of doing before. Putting the heads of one of my favorite artists…..”Egon Schiele,” on the bottles. I soon realized there are many self-portraits done by that artist, and have many examples to choose from.
Even the simplest of pieces can cause a bundle of pain. Even when you are committed to being abstract, and loose, it’s painful to paint. It’s painful because even the smallest of creations is something I pour heart and soul into, getting it just right. Even though “Just Right” is subjective, my just right is the one I’m concerned about. It can’t look like I’ve worked too hard, or cared too little. Even if I do work hard, and care very much. After all, each creation no matter how small, is our own creation, and we love and care for them all the same.
Last weekend my Granddaughter Sage spent the weekend with us. Before she left her house, she told me she wanted an art weekend. Actually she said, ” I want to be able to do art all weekend, just two days to do art, nothing else!”
I think God created granddaughters because we have to make up for what we couldn’t do with our own kids!
Somebody wants to spend the weekend with me…
Sage finished three paintings over the weekend, one of the three was a school project. This piece of her project was completed in a half day. (We got that out-of-the-way!) The other painting was wrapped & given to her Mom as soon as she appeared. (Still needs her Mom at eleven.)
I had such a great time with my granddaughter, and she had a great time creating. (I’m blessed!)
While Sage was painting, and drying her work, I had to work on something. I didn’t want to be looking over her shoulder all day, I wanted her to build her confidence by having some guidance, and letting her fly. ( She’s a flier!)
I worked on my Daisy Dog Pic… Admittedly, I was once again playing, and nothing happened to me…No Anti-playing Police, or the Poor Linework Police, not even the police that monitor the imperfection on ones creative process!
There was a time when I would never have painted with a color that shouldn’t be in its place. It would have to be real or, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve over come nearly a lifetime of being taught perfection, and it being demanded. I broke out of the box, years ago, but not without the expense of everything I painted not being any good – because it wasn’t perfect. I looked around and realized Everything is perfect in its imperfection.
(I love doing different things, and with different ways of expression.)
I found this demo on YouTube, and if you want to check out more of Betty’s art, go to Betty Frank Krause/Betty Krause Art. There is so much really easy information here. Some of us might know all about it, but some will find it helpful.
Everytime I watch something, or take a class, I find there is always something I’d forgotten, or didn’t know at all. Always I walk away with something helpful. I hope you do the same.
Again Betty is all about art, different kinds of art, and if you look at her website, you are sure to find something you can use.
One thing I can tell you for sure…I get bored easily. Most of the artists I know, create in many different ways. We all love to try something new. New colors, new paper, new techniques and the list goes on and on. A few weeks ago my critique group decided we’d do a together project and see what turns out. We decided to paint purses. So off we all went to find a purse we each felt was worthy of painting. I choose canvas, others choose leather, some genuine PVC.
While I was struggling with what to put on my canvas/dacron purse, a small leather travel purse called my name at the top of the shelf in my bedroom closet. It was used one time, I’ve had it for twenty plus years, and I paid a fortune for it in the Cedros District of Solana Beach. A trendy part of Southern California you only shop at if you feel like spending lots of money. I wanted something I could travel with that was small enough to eliminate a regular handbag with all the stuff we carry in it. The purse was so small that I couldn’t get sunglasses into it.
Perfect Guinea Pig for an art project!
Why not paint something on this little purse? After all I never use it, and it’s been up there for twenty or so years.
So for some reason it seemed right to paint a dragon-fly on it, and well… flowers seemed right too! It’s the first purse I’ve ever painted, and as you can see it won’t be the last!
Now that the small purse is finished, I’m working on an abstract design for the canvas bag. I wanted it a little wonky because, well I’m a little wonky and my style is a little wonky. It all fits don’t you think?
The colors will come next, and who knows what they will be? I just know that I have red, orange, and gold gesso to work with and anything else I’ll just have to work out with what I have.
Wish me luck. Painting on a black surface like this is tricky, and it takes a lot of gesso and a love of wonky!