Stone Coal Studio

Stone Coal Studio

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Adding a Little English Style to Florals

An English Style Meadow
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper

Social media has meant many things to many people.  For me it has meant that I can follow the work of artists around the world.  Carole Baker is an English artist whose watermedia paintings use a wide variety of media: watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, crayons, inks and a few others that I have surely overlooked.  She shares her work with lively commentary on Facebook.  I am amazed at the variety and sheer amount of work that she produces.    

Recently she shared work by artist Chris Forsey RI who also uses mixed media in his work.  From that post I was able to find two different painting demonstrations by him onYouTube videos.  

These two English artists inspired me to utilize a wider range of media in the painting.  With the work table surface covered with acrylic paint, acrylic inks, graphite and water-soluble pastel,  I created my meadow.  I enjoyed the fun of switching between medias to find exactly the right application. 

You can see more of the pastels and inks as well as the acrylic passages in this close-up section.

Detail: An English Style Meadow

This work is now for sale at 2nd Helpings Gallery in Roanoke, VA.  I hope it brings a smile and a second look by you and by those who walk by it in the gallery.

Friday, January 2, 2015

No Failures in Art: You Either Win or You Learn

Many thanks to Succeed As Your Own Boss Newsletter and its creator Small Biz Lady Melinda Emerson for the inspiration of this post's title and photo.  

This small business newsletter encourages me to think like a business person.  Being an artist is a small business and the newsletter prompts me to think and consider how my art business can be more successful.  

The New Year tasks include closing last year by getting financial and tax records in order.  And that usually expands to include cleaning, sorting and clearing in both the office and studio.  This past week I cleaned out the art storage closet in the basement.  It had become a space to put whatever with no path to even walk through it.   Several old discarded paintings hung on the wall which I decided to take down, remove from the frames and bring back up to the studio for experimenting.  

As I laid them out this afternoon on the work table I thought of the Jan. 1, 2015 Succeed as You Own Boss Newsletter and the sentence "There is no such thing as failure in business, either you win or your learn."  

So the discarded paintings are only a failure if I simply toss them in the trash.  If I put them back on the work table and get out my paints they become opportunities to learn.

I hope to show you what I have learned from them in the upcoming blogs.

Happy New Year to You All!

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