So excited to be part of this show in June. Hope to see you there. Here are the three pieces of mine which are part of this group show.
It's really great to see the days getting longer, feel the warm sun breaks, and smell the early blooming flowers. Time to start planning for road trips and figuring out ways to get in some art when you're on the road. A fun challenge is to see how pared-down you can get with supplies and still create art. My goal is to always have supplies with me, and yet, I don't like to carry a huge bag everywhere. It's time for a secret-Ninja art kit. And this one has been kitty-approved.
The idea to use empty containers for paints came from Pinterest. Can you believe how cute this thing is, a mini Altoid tin filled with gouache (opaque watercolor)? What could be better? And a great discovery is the travel-size Koi water brush. I got mine at Dots N Doodles in Astoria, OR last year. They're great because you can bring a bit of water with you and can refill it later. For the airlines, I make sure to empty the brush before flying. Watercolor and gouache are safe to bring on the plane because there are no solvents. The tiny walls are made of scraps of plastic, anchored with hot glue. Just fill the wells and let dry, then it's ready to take on the road. Can't wait to try it out!
I'm enjoying this little piece right now. 16"x16," is currently a smaller size for me, since the focus has been on gallery shows. I am working on expressing a chosen color palette which helps promote the emotional message of the subject. The actual colors of the fabric were different than they appeared in the painting, and I wouldn't normally choose pink. But it seemed to fit, in this case. And sometimes once you see a thing, it takes on its own personality. I just get a bit of joy out of this one.
As a former designer it's interesting to look at current trends. Did you know that Pantone is a company that publishes color trend predictions several times a year? Typically the trends begin in Europe and slowly make their way westward. Here on the West Coast our design culture may not be reflecting the trends until a year or two after they begin. In the same way that I don't look up symbolism for objects in my still life until after the painting is complete, I don't consult color trends for choices in my palette beforehand. But after I'm done with a piece like this one, where I wonder, "Huh...that's sure different from what I thought it would be..." I'll take a look around and see where that influence might have come from. It's just kind of fun to think about. Right now I'm looking at the Fall 2017 trends just published and am seeing "Ballet Slipper," "Butterum," "Navy Peony," "Tawny Port," and 17-4402." Whoa, Crazy!
I wonder if other artists are interested in the color trends of our culture and how much do other artists choose to bring that influence in while they're working. :) Feel free to chime in with a comment below. :) Thanks!