Dr. Seuss in the Bahamas is an experimental acrylic painting. My most awesome Junger friend Kathleen gave me a two pack of 6″ x 8″ canvases in which to experiment, to “not be safe”. She wanted me to be able to have fun with new techniques, new brushes, etc without “wasting” a larger sized canvas. As soon as I opened the pack I immediately came up with the title and color scheme. (She likes Dr. Seuss, well, so do I.)
I mixed with each color Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Medium. It gives the final product a “wet look” along with its other helpful blending medium properties. Below shows the breakdown of each section, their brush and paint color. As I typically do, the painting does wrap around to all edges. That way when you are approaching the painting from any side, there is already something interesting to drawn your attention. Also, there is no need to buy a frame.
Cadmium Yellow Light Hue and Titanium White acrylic paint, with Filbert Grainer brush
Just a bit of FYI: I took this photo Friday evening and titled it while I was outside. Really late at night, technically Saturday morning, I awoke and was restless… Something I have not done before, I reached for my phone, pulled this photo up and wrote the poem… I then was able to settle back and go back to sleep.
At this year’s Family Life Radio’s Christian Singles Conference Weekend I was graced with permission to come early and stay late to paint. I brought a bag of wooden crosses. A couple had already been painted during Rochester MakerSpace’s Sunday Crafternoon events held, at that time, every Second Sunday from 12-2pm. The rest I spent time experimenting with at the retreat. The “cross-hatched” ones were created using a palate knife. All were painted with acrylics. I started off spraying them with water to prepare the wood. Then the acrylics in layers. After they had dried a few days at home I spayed them with a gloss sealant. The top set are 6 3/4″ x 9 1/4″. The bottom set are 4 1/2″ x 8″. I believe that each one tells a different story. That each one seems to illicit a slightly different reaction when the details are seen up close.
Fred graciously shared this photo assignment with me and I instantly said it was poetry inspiring… Well then my assignment began… And thus above is what God shared with me, and thus I now share with you…
This photo was taken Saturday afternoon. Instantly the word “surrounded” kept playing with me in all of its meanings to the scene, to life… Late Saturday evening the poem revealed itself. I emailed it after midnight to my pastor with hopes of someday being able to share it “in church”. Pastor Wendy texted me early Sunday morning and said that the poem fit perfectly with her sermon and that yes, I could share it with Immanuel Baptist Church’s zoom worship that morning.
29th Annual Members Exhibition at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) Dec 6 – Jan 12. My piece “Spirit Work” can be found in the back room, left wall, top center.
“The Days the Artists Spoke” is a series of short, back-to-back artist talks and a great opportunity to learn more about a wide range of different artists. Don’t miss it! I present at 8pm. Today, Friday, January 3, 2020.
At this year’s church retreat at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua I created one painting Friday and Saturday and another Sunday. Both were inspired by a Bob Ross episode creating clouds. Of course he uses oil and I use acrylics. The method doesn’t quite translate over well. He uses “liquid white” and I used Liquitex Slow-dri Blending Medium which dries with a wet look. Using a new technique and new medium created its own unique challenges. I chalked it up to a learning experience. All in all it was totally worth the experiment and time taken.
Come see me create a new painting throughout the day at my booth “Labyrinth Landscapes”. This one above was created during the STEAM Fest today. Where the clouds were put and where the fall trees were created were influenced by the students that came to my display. The interactive spontaneous nature of the event is both inspiring and exhausting. I love it! This is my 6th faire.
This painting was inspired by a Bob Ross episode creating clouds. Of course he uses oil and I use acrylics. The method doesn’t quite translate over well. He uses “liquid white” and I used Liquitex Slow-dri Blending Medium which dries with a wet look. Using a new technique and new medium created its own challenges on top of being surrounded by students all day. All in all it was totally worth the experiment and time taken.