I decided to cool the surface and strengthen the shadows. Did I improve it?
Mark's tribute to artist by making a stencil.
I started en plein air group to help get artists out of the house and into the parks. This week we met in the Mission Community Gardens.
I am currently struggling to paint looser with watercolor and have been practicing a lot.
I'm not happy with my finished paintings but I DO enjoy sitting outside and staring at flowers.
I still need to add the shadows underneath.
Mark's pressed flower experiment
I thought I would try using an ink outline, but realized that I do not care for that kind of style. It pushes things into an illustrative or cartoon world. I also struggled with remembering to keep certain areas unpainted for highlights. Here I tried to scrub away some of the paint, which resulted in damaged paper.
My friend Airy and I find these flowers so ridiculously ostentatious that we cannot stop laughing at them. They are pink ostriches flaunting for an intricate and complicated mating dance. Their unabashed color borders on vulgarity. :-)
I have very limited experience painting flowers or other plants, so thought I would give it shot. I'm not happy with the results, but the nowness I experienced was splendid.
I have an old lamp that I often use as a prop in my performance art pieces. Last time I attempted to use it, the cord caught on fire due to damaged wiring.
Today I spent in my studio starting to repair the lamp and it was a major undertaking. I still need to fabricate a flanged wood bottom but will probably make it really rough and then cover with a texture.
While in the library to scan some textbook material for my class, I quickly flipped through the recent copy of Artforum Magazine. Found a beautiful picture of the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers located in Germany. This church is an amazing representation of late Baroque, one of my favorite periods.
Afterward, I searched online for more pictures.
Then I found an article and picture featuring the artwork of the filmmaker Derek Jarman. I did not realize he had created works like this series that used unconventional mediums such as tar and other mixed media. I really like them.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.