Simply Simplify

January is almost gone and as usual I am behind! But what's the hurry, right?
Starting the new year, I like to look back at the previous year and then look ahead and plan somewhat for the new year. I tend to over estimate what I can get done reasonably in any given amount of time! Thus it goes. For the upcoming year, I continue to take classes, drawing and panting, as well as a mentorship. Hopefully, I can make some decisions on what to keep and what to leave behind. I have decided my word for the year is "SIMPLIFY!"

The painting below, Closely Woven, was accepted to the Visual Art Society of Texas, 125-Mile juried show. It received a merchandise award from Richeson Art Supply so I am salivating on what colors I want to order!
Closely Woven
20" x 20"

I taught my first class in Oil and Cold Wax in September at Artist's Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas and had the best experience. I will teach again in October. This class is "Finding your Voice using Oils and Cold Wax". I am not sure if we continue to search for our voice in art, but there are many ways to explore what we want to paint. Oil mixed with cold wax as a medium allows us to play and explore, then cover and obliterate, all the while creating scrumptious texture to go back into. It is slightly addictive.

Artist's Showplace invited me to exhibit in the New Beginnings show with two other lovely artists, Jo Moncrief, and Sarah Joseph. the show is up until February 2, 2018. I have 15 paintings in the show, mostly oil with the cold wax and a few with acrylic finished with cold wax. 

I am lucky to have so many opportunities to study with amazing teachers, both locally and away. Michael O'Keefe and Ellen Soderquist offer life drawing classes,  both amazing teachers. Jay Bailey offers sessions as well and I try to go when I can, he is awesome. For my painting classes, I am studying design with Jane Jones through March. Jerry McLaughlin, Oil and Cold Wax book co-author will be here in May, and I look forward to that also. Lisa Pressman is also on my list! (Teacher extraordinaire!) And this past year, I have found an artist I can't wait to study with, Dawn Emerson. Check out her book and videos! 

I also turned my garage into my studio this past year and it has been so great to be outside of the house, both for the mess and for the lack of distraction of working at home. Even if it is just across the driveway! Pictures at another time!

So, back to SIMLIFY. I hope to simplify my work, simplify my processes, clean out unused art supplies and slow down and enjoy each new piece I work on. I need to focus on what I know and not feel like I need to continue to know everything that is new and exciting out there! That is a tough one, there is so much to learn! My list of what to simplify, needs to be simplified! 

Thank you for taking the time to check in with me! Hope you are having a great new year!




Art2Life Nicholas Wilton

I just completed the 12 week on-line course with Nicholas Wilton, quite the forever giving and sharing instructor. So much information and so much to look at, now I must debrief and re-visit many of the ideas and topics. As with any information you learn from other artists and master teachers, it is prudent to actually say, OK, what works for me???? As I grow as an artist, I learn something from each of the classes I have taken, from the teacher and the other students as well. At the end of the day, it is important to spend time examining the things I love about art and what makes it mine. I admire artists who make the bright energetic paintings, but then when I work like this, I end up subduing so much. So, is the hidden me really that energetic wild and crazy person I long to come out? The one wearing the high-heeled bright red, crazy shoes? Of course not, I laugh.... I am the quiet one in the comfortable, red canvas loafers! Close enough to exciting is moving from neutral to red loafers! I am experimenting with how to make that quiet more interesting! These are 9 paintings that are close to finished from the course, 12" x 12" panels. I was surprised that they seem so much alike when they all started out in different ways!



Also here are my shoes! Who knows, that actually is white paint on those heels, and I will try it again! Life is good. It is so awesome being able to spend time with paint or charcoal, in life drawing class with the most motivating instructor, with other artist friends and just friends who never seemingly tire and so patiently and kindly listen to me ramble! And then there all the amazing teachers and mentors that have taken me in. Thanks to all!

What about you? Is the art that is in you the same art that you love?

Day 21 of 30 - In Process - January 21

http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com/2015/01/dy-21-of-30-in-process-january-21.html
In Process
20" x 20"
Mixed Media on Paper
I am working on building negative shapes out of the abstraction. I have been motivated by seeing others subtle figurative work, I have been drawing live models for a while now, and it is time to just dig in, I suppose. I had fun with it and it isn't done but thought I would post the process as I go.

January 1, 2015 - Perceptual Openings - Happy New Year - Day 1 of 30

New Years Resolutions. Well, I decided to do the 30 Paintings in 30 day Challenge again, this will be my third time. The first was January 2014 and I posted resolutions. I am excited, I actually accomplished some of them, a blog, a web site, and the 30 day challenge!
 From January 2014
  • Goal 1. Create 30 paintings in 30 days.
  • Goal 2. Complete the unfinished paintings in my studio.
  • Goal 3. Start a blog to keep track of my accomplishments, and failures as well, since I learn with each!
  • Goal 4. Create a web site. And a blog.
  • Goals 5-100. To be determined as each day evolves!
This time I have two ideas to explore. First, I have been cleaning my brushes or tools on squares of paper with leftover colors from other paintings, and I am going to start by working these into small somewhat finished paintings. Secondly, I plan to look at some of my finished paintings and dissect them into parts that I can develop into new paintings. Sometimes zooming in, I find a lovely little area that I want to enlarge to be its own painting and that has been quite fun! I have been noticing two reoccurring themes in my work. The first involves entryways including doors, windows and other passageways, and the second involves emerging figures, sometimes so subtle it even surprises me! Let the process begin!
Happy New Year!
Perceptual Openings - Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Perceptual Openings
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Arches Oil Paper

Lisa Pressman Workshop

The past three days I was fortunate to study with the highly energetic and exciting Lisa Pressman at The Encaustic Center. Lisa's teachings were more than the technical use of cold wax and oil paint, but included everything from how to create the layers and textures and depth, to the really important stuff of creating paintings with meaningful messages that tell a story. Wow, that is a lot to think about! Her enthusiasm for making a painting your own is something to strive for.
I find that the process is what lures me in. I love the layers and the textures. Often I start with really bright colors and then start knocking them back. And often, like in this painting, I find images emerge. Sometimes it is windows, doors, or worn broken structures, and sometimes it appears as if the images are human. So, I am going to continue to play and see where this leads me!
Oil and Cold Wax
I Am Because We Are
12" x 12"
Oil and Cold Wax on Panel