Summer Line Challenges

Well, it seems that I am on an 8-month update schedule for blogging, maybe I need to step in up a bit!
"Simplify" still is on my mind, but I'm not there yet!

Our Advanced Studio Seminar with Michael O'Keefe ended in April with an amazing show at a location in the Cedars in Dallas. As a class we all grew and learned from Michael, from other visiting artist critiques, and from each other. Not to mention learning from ourselves, digging deeper, exploring and sometimes surprising ourselves with what we discovered. In the end, we became a closely knit set of comrades and found the experience exhilarating, educational, exhausting, and encouraging!

In July I attended another workshop with one of my all time favorite teachers, Lisa Pressman, and another favorite, Jeff Hirst. We were as a group doing very diverse work, some using encaustic, some oil and cold wax, and still yet, we were introduced to printmaking with encaustic collagraph.

In the end, it seems our marks are so individual to each of us and they pushed us to the next level. Which leads to what I have been doing when life keeps me away from the studio or class

I have been exploring with LINES - mark making in journals and notebooks or any piece of paper that is near! I love playing with black and white, be it ink, charcoal, graphite, wax, or whatever. I love exploring different marks with the way the implement is held, turned, twisted, and if it is in the dominant or non dominant hand, not to mention when one closes their eyes. And then there is the space of the page, how many ways can it be divided?  

Then the rabbit hole appears, what if I play with color.... ahhh... this month, my goal.... color!

So these I share today!
Movement from one side to another of the page. minimal, think about space divisions!

Think about connections, between squares without any real thought!
Is that possible?

Fill each square, vary the inside shapes.

Encaustic monotype, squares taped off then removed.

From one square to another, movement and varied line thickness

Graphite, flow, gestural

Disjointed, slow moves, Non dominant hand

Encaustic Collagraph

MB's Circus

MB's Circus
60" x 20"
Mixed Media on Canvas
This painting was for my sister, MB. The layers are many and it is one of a kind. I had members of the family write, draw, scribble, fingerprint and add something to the canvas, at various stages at of the work. Many of the marks are partially buried or reoccurring. Some of the family members wouldn't even let me know where they marked and it is truly hidden. Some were far away and I took something they did and did a rubbing or collaged it in here. This was truly a fun project of love and has taken much longer than it should have, but now I share it with you as it is being shipped to her! The title comes from one of my favorite phrases, "Not my circus, not my monkeys"! But hey, these are her monkeys and thus MB's Circus!

These three photos below are closeups of some of the texture and marks. It was hard to photograph and post as it it so tall and narrow.






Just the Three of Us - Silent Auction February 27, 2016

Just the Three of Us
14" x 11"
Mixed Media on Panel
I am honored to have my painting, "The Three of Us, My Echo, My Shadow, and Me" in the show sponsored by Arts for Rural Texas (ARTS) to create funds to support art. The show is presented by ACT (Artists Changing Tomorrow) in which artists contribute a painting for the silent auction held every other year. This is my second time to have a painting in the auction. The auction will take place February 27, 2016.
http://www.act4art.com


The exhibit and silent auction raise funds for ARTS, a 501(c)(3) foundation which applies their funding to expand art education in an effort to offset cutbacks in art education in the schools.
All art donated for the auction can be viewed here.

This painting started with India ink on paper with lines drawn with a pen, string, and more including a stick from the yard. Adding acrylic made the ink turn a dark blue. Then I just played with the figurative shapes that came out of the mingling of the colors. and added more acrylic paint in muted colors. More lines were added with Caran d'ache, which are lovely water soluble crayons, (so much fun to play with), they can have that mind of their own! When the painting was finished, or so deemed finished by moi, I attached it to a Ampersand panel and sealed it, ready to be framed in a black floater frame by the sponsors at ACT.


Forney Arts Council Top 40

The two paintings below were juried into the Forney Arts Council Top 40 exhibition. The show is running now through October 29 at the Crumbzz in Forney. If you haven't been there and live in the area, it is a delightful bistro open every day from 7:30-2:00.
http://crumbzz.com/forney-tx-european-bistro.html

The first painting below, I posted in process earlier. It seemed to need a few more characters to complete the scene, some are coming and some are going away. Kind of like people in our lives for whatever reasons or for no reason at all. But for each of them, I like to think they are there for a reason!
Abstract Figuration, Kathy Elliott
Going Away
Mixed Media on Paper
15" x 22"
The second painting started as overlapping bottles. It was fun to fracture and combine them into many different shapes.

Kathy Elliott, abstract artist, http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com
Unbottled
Acrylic on Paper
15" x 22"