The plein air workshop at Natural Bridges State Beach with Robert Dvorák a few weeks ago went great. I've never painted landscapes outdoors before, and it was fun to paint these so quickly and spontaneously.
My current watercolor class has me doing a lot of really basic exercises. These are samples of many different ways to create texture: masking fluid, granular pigments, dropping in india ink, lifting, saran wrap, wax, dry brush, toothbrush, stippling, wax paper, salt, razor blade, tissue dabbing, and splattering. Experimenting with a lot of different techniques always yields interesting results. Above is an abstract painting utilizing a lot of texture. Here I laid down gesso and texture paste to create an unusual tactile quality.
Continuing with my watercolor studies, a few florals done in class.
I've been taking a watercolor class with Alisan Andrews. She's a terrific artist and has inspired me to do more painting.
I've decided on my next project - a modem quilt from “Quilting Line + Color” by Yoshiko Jinzenji.
When I found this pattern, Simplicity 2067, I was inspired to make a Black Swan costume based on the movie. Then the supplies ended up sitting around for a year or two before I got around to actually making it a month before Halloween. Pretty soon the project had expanded to include my boyfriend’s complete coordinating costume as well, all made in a few weeks in a burst of new-found determination.