Sunday, February 26, 2012

In the Green

Although it's been a few months since my last post, I've been very busy playing and making art.  In January, I went to Scottsdale, AZ and met up with a bunch of fun arty ATCers - my first ATC meetup outside of San Diego.  We did coaster art and then we did a trade on the very last day.  I did a Chinese New Year of the Dragon mostly in green, and I ended up with a very cute green Hawaiian shirted owl with glasses!  It was so much fun meeting all these wonderful ladies, going to all the galleries and enjoying Thai food with sparkling wine.  We also did a little sight-seeing and visited a ghost town that had cowboy folks reenacting shootouts.  After returning from Arizona, there was the Sketchbook Project 2012 waiting to be completed and mailed by end of the month. 

I also received news that my painting "El Jardin Hermoso" was juried into the Explore This! 8 online show!  I'm both proud and honored to be included with these talented artists.  Tomorrow, I'll find out if "Orchid" made it into Top 100 Show in Spanish Village, Balboa Park.

For the full month of February, I worked on a colored pencil painting of green palms reaching up to the top of botanical building towards the bright sun.  Last summer, I took a workshop with Betsy Holster who suggested setting up challenges for yourself.  I love color and expressionism and so this painting was mostly done in various green colored pencils with undertones and overtones of yellow, red and blue and brown.  It's a big colored pencil piece (for me,done on 140lb hardpress watercolor paper (smoother side) done on the Icarus board which  heats and burnishes the wax and pigment of the colored pencil piece as it is being applied to the surface of the paper.  I also call it a painting instead of a drawing because the colored pencil is not just a drawing medium but a painting medium.  I'm not trying to capture the reality of the photo reference for realism, but rather employing my own design esthetic to make an expressive painting full of life, rhythm, pattern and color.  I would like to enter this painting into the CPSA 20th Annual International Exhibition and am awaiting word on all the framing guidelines.  If I must, I will frame it in the conventional way, but if allowed - I'd like to mount the painting to a cradled clayboard and frame it like an oil painting.  I don't want a piece of plexiglass or glass to stand in the way of a viewer experiencing the painting.  

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