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Sunday, February 22, 2015

No Failures in Art; Rework for a Win

Peek-a-boo Roses 
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper

Back on January 2, 2015 my post discussed revisiting and reworking paintings that just did not seem to be successful.   In fact I wrote that there are no failures in art, only opportunities to learn.  

The painting featured above finally worked when I took the time to really look at it and find its outstanding feature --- texture.

This is a photo of the original work. The translucent pinks and reds of the flowers were nice but the greens and purple seemed too heavy.  The neutral buff color also did not seem to be connected to any of the other colors.

I began by lightening and softening the greens.  The neutral buff was also reduced and softened.  Playing on the pink color, I added stamping that suggested rose spirals and shapes.  It was then that I could see the real asset in this work.  In the lower right quarter of the photo, the texture becomes the most interesting feature.

I continued to soften the colors and break the dominant floral shapes into a more abstract rendering.  A stronger arrangement of darks were added.  More neutrals were painted and the greens were replaced with a bluish violet.  But the translucent pink color and a hint of the stamped shapes were allowed to show through in places.

The abstract composition uses the texture to its best advantage.  While the entire process took some experimenting it was a good lesson in analyzing what art elements should be utilized to bring a painting to a successful completion.

Two art elements: Texture and Color, will be the inspiration for paintings by the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge's upcoming September & October Art Show at Goose Creek Studio.

Friday, February 13, 2015

RVSPCA Best in Show Art Show on Feb 27, 2015

Barnyard Boss
acrylic on painted paper
by Judith F Lochbrunner

The Roanoke Valley SPCA celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Best in Show Art Show on Friday evening, February 27, 2015 from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA.  
Admission is $5/ $1 for children 12 and under.  

While I have not entered all 10, I have missed only a couple shows as this show is all about the animals and this organization which cares for them, educates the public, and works to reduce the number of homeless pets.  

Each artist (whether young, old, amateur, professional, hobbyist, or simply an animal-lover) completes the same size 12 inch by 12 inch canvas.  The artwork is not divided by age or experience but simply hung in alphabetical order creating wonderful groupings of colorful, fanciful, cute, expressive, silly, realistic, serious, sincere, child-like and funny art.

My entry is based on a kitty that I met last year.  Although the focus of the afternoon was to gather reference photos of the colorful chickens and geese in the barnyard this kitty was not about to let anyone ignore him.  He followed me around the barnyard stopping as if to pose for the camera on several occasions.  I took several photos of him noting that he did seem to consider himself the most important critter in the barnyard.  Yes, he was the boss.

The base of the work is rice paper that has been dyed with acrylic inks.  On top of the paper colorful marks, stamping and stencils has been applied to suggest the grass and weeds.  This barnyard boss then gets the royal treatment in thick acrylic paint in purples, blues and pinks.  All this to better contrast with the green eyes.

Yes, he is the boss of the barnyard.

Plan to come see him and all the other animals on Friday Feb 27 from 6:30-9:30 PM.  It will indeed be an evening of fun for the animals and humans too!

PS: If you can't attend, be sure to check the RVSPCA Facebook page to view photos of all the paintings and perhaps even purchase one.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Time to Conquer the Mess and Clean

Good news is that new flooring is going down in the studio this week.

Bad news is that the room has to be completely cleaned and cleared!

Cleaning the studio is usually the last thing on my mind when I am in there painting.   I usually tidy up after I finish a series of works trying to put things back in order as much as possible.  

Space planning never happened when I set up the studio.  I moved in my work table, easels and taborets.   Additional storage was added as needed or as I happened upon "something that would work".    A bathroom cabinet was removed in a remodel and re-used in the studio.  A ready-made counter was placed on top for an additional work surface.  

The initial attempt to add storage by installing shelves on the walls ended in failure when the cat  chased a mouse across them.  And yes I did trap the mouse.

After a clean-up and the addition of two bookcases to accommodate the lost shelving, the studio was functional again.

However the time has finally come to replace the old carpet which requires clearing the room of everything except the cabinet and counter.  I began a few weeks ago to allow enough time to clean, trash, donate and sort all the supplies.  While there have been a few "I forgot that I had that", there have been far more "Why did I keep that?"

The clean-out is nearly complete and this time space planning is a focus.  Once the new carpet is installed and everything is moved back,  I am confident the studio will be more than functional.

It will be more fun!