Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I started the painting below when I was in Flora Bowley's workshop, almost 2 years ago. It sat on my studio for all this time, and I never touched it again...

...until last week, that is! I mixed a lot of paint for another piece, and I had all this extra paint, staring back at me, so I just went for it and, like Flora likes to say, I did something bold!

Hopefully it won't take me another 2 years to continue working on it.
Yeah, I'm sure I'll do something with it pretty soon.
Stay tuned!

PS: in case somebody is reading this and thinking "ooh, are you crazy? Aren't you sorry you ruined it?", the answer is no. It's actually much easier to work on it now, knowing I don't 'have to' preserve any specific parts or anything. Plus, I don't think that painting represented me anymore, for some reason. Change is good.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Jennifer Mercede

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my long time artist crush Jennifer Mercede. I've admired her art for awhile and was very happy when I heard she was gonna come back to Studio Crescendoh this year, after having missed her first class here last year.

It was a fun weekend, for sure! Jennifer was a fabulous teacher, very generous and approachable, and after 5 minutes talking to her I felt like we were old friends!

She had us to blind contour drawings of our table partners. The picture above is the drawing I made of...recognize her? Yeah, you're right, it's Tina! ;-) Seriously, though, it was fun to draw without looking at the paper - and without taking the pen off the paper. It was so freeing to not be concerned about the end result! A good exercise!

Then we got our boards and started scribbling with ball point pen, markers, crayons, and whatever we had on hand. After scribbling, doodling! There's a difference, you know!

Finally, time to paint! Start filling in the shapes you created with you doodles...or not! Or go crazy with the paint everywhere! "Are you having fun?" is what Jennifer kept asking us. That is pretty much her approach to painting: do what it feels fun, draw what you like, pick your favorite color, don't worry about the outcome.

After the first layer was dry, I got my ball point pen and did some more doodling, wrote a few sentences, did some stamping...THEN - and I'm sorry I didn't take a picture of that - Jennifer had us put a blindfold on - not joking! - and slap paint all over our boards until we covered 90% of it!!! 


That'll teach you not to become attach to your painting halfway through it!

The picture above is what my board looked like after the "cover 90%" exercise (I used the orange color) and a few other colors...and more doodling...and writing into the paint...and stamping...

The next day we had a model come in so we could do some figure drawing...without looking at the paper, of course! And without taking the pencil off the paper, of course!

Many many sketchbook drawings later, we were ready to do use our wood boards. Did I mention how much fun it is to draw with a ball point pen on wood! So good! Sometimes I would use my non-dominant hand to scribble. It's good to have LESS control sometimes.

And this is how my (second) board was by the end of the workshop. Not finished. Neither is the other one. But I'll tell you this: I got everything I expected - maybe even more - from this class and from Jennifer. I'm happy.

Have you met my friend Jennifer Mercede? ;-)

Great weekend, great group of artists!