Dirty pours

| 12 January, 2018 09:38

What a name for a great a usable technique, the Dirty Pour.  One would think that this is an easy process that the results are superb everytime, but not true.  Using a discerning eye on the process and the result is so key, but then my thought is where do I take this process beyond the "dirty pour" look.

 

Right now I definitely have a few that will be going on the market.  Love them framed and what they do as Art Decor.  Is that a bad thing?  NO.  For me the process of a dirty pour is exciting and opens new doors of creation.  Not every dirty pour has a good result, but does have an opportunity to be something great.  Opportunity becomes the key word.

 

My photography on these frst couple dirty pours I will show is not the best.  The colors are fabulous and the gloss is super.  I am choosing to place them in gold frames with a few black lines (frame with an Asian flair).  Gold is becoming more and more popular, still favoring black for many frames, the gold just pops these first two paintings:

 

Top is Green Dance, Bottom is Peacock.  I am not simply doing the pour I am adding and directing with my color layout.  While so much is unexpected with the technique, there is opportunity to manipulate and add. These painting are on stretched canvas 10" x 10" x1 .5"  , and high gloss.  They work great as a pair or alone.  Allow them to pop on a painted wall.  That is were Artspan prints offer a perfect opportunity, not only to see if you can purchase a print in a different size, but to play with frames, and WALL COLORING!!!!  However, you can still purchase the original and play with the same features.  How perfect.

 

These two paintings are framed in floater frames which allows for the painting to float away from the edge of the frame.  The black betwwen the painting edge and the frame creates a boundary for your eye and clean depth for great viewing.  I do wire my pieces for immediate hanging.

Noe so many pours just give you an opportunity, and I love opportuinities.  Think ourside of the box.  Can I cut the piece up and use it in a larger painting, I can do a repour, can I add on top and so much more.  I could add into my stoneware pottery... oh my... the opportunities, my days are exciting and filled.

 

 

Above is "Black Line Nude, Vulnerable" , this was a opportunity.  This started as a dirty pour, and I wish I would have taken a picture of the the surface for its color and texture.  This is a very rough surface, not built up high, just rough and bumpy.  I loved what I saw in having those white and cream spots.  I then pulled a life drawing sketch from my pile of studies and dedided to keep it dark, used a pen brush and then black acrylic paint to sketch my figure.  Leaving it pretty raw. Not sure if I will frame, because I love the sides.  This is a 12" x 9" x 1.5" stretched canvas.  The sides are painted, but limited.  They show more of the cream and white of the inital pour.  For me that works rather than darkening the sides.

 

Enjoy.  

I work on a number of pieces at the same time.  When I did "Black Line Nude, Vulnerable"  I also worked out the figure gesture in watercolor since I had a small piece of stretched quality paper beside me.  The end result is already on Artspan in my works under $280.00 category.  

I am so fortunate to be able to do, every day, something I love so much.

 

Raven Hair

| 06 January, 2018 11:39

I titled the piece n the prior blog "Raven Hair" and these are the final step and some explanation.

With the last post, last picture you saw the addition of black to the hair, that was black gesso.  I don't often use black gesso, but I pride myself on knowing my materials and I use gesso quite often.  Gesso is probably in every piece I create.  I often color gesso a gray/green and keep a jar of it in my cabinet.  My private students know that I call it pickle paint, because I always keep it in a large pickle jar.  This color is a favorite.  Now why gesso, it is a binder, and perfect if I want to work other materials over it.  So for her hair, in one area I applied black gesso.

I do make sure that it looks integrated with the rest of the pieces before I continue.  Not just a blob.  It has to have purpose and carry through.

Now addition of finger detail, some arm and hair detail, but still keeping it suggestive. This is done with colored pencil and watercolor.

A few more darks established, adding more detail strands to the hair in burnt sienna and teal (allowing those hues to flow into the black, but not over state), and adding more shaing to the arms.  Shading involves a mix of pink, teal, gray/green and ochre.  

This was to be my last step, but as I view it here, I'm having one additional thought.  I had rendered her hand completely and it brought too much attention to her hand.  Decided after the rendering to add a water color wash to lessen the hand definition so that the focus was not there. However, I will look at it again and determine if that  orange hued wash (which isn't just orange but a mix) should be toned down.    parts of me reallyt love the orange over her fingers, makes me add many narrative.  Possibly a different title ... Musing Artist

Enjoy

Figurative work

| 05 January, 2018 10:09

Decided yesterday to work figuratively.  I stretched my paper and base sketched two pieces.  They will be cut apart when complete.  I like to work on several pieces at the same time.  I can allow one to dry and go immediately to the next.  You can see that the color palette is the same but the handling is a bit different.

With the lower one I used a liquid mask (actually rubber cement) to protect some of my white paper area.  That will be revealed later.

I' ll focus on the development of the lower piece for today and try to show the other one in a blog later.  

1st value wash

2nd added the liquid mask and then several value washes loosesly addded.  Washes identify edges and darker areas.  Used a pen brush for a few linears.  Allow to dry

3rd, added a few more values of the same colors and added a couple new variations on that color theme.  Added more to the darker areas I wanted to establish.  I allowed this to dry and then removed the rubber cement that I was using as a frisk.  You can see the whiter areas are on the face, part of the hair and down the strap and a flirty feel behind her.  I did not add anymore black brush ink.

4th, I've started to render more roundness, this is mixed media, i'm using watercolor, colored pencil and some acrylic paint.  Not sure how this will completely end up.  I only want to suggest part of the body and lead up to the face.

Enjoy, Nancy

Should be complete today.

comments welcome

new necklaces

| 30 December, 2017 12:58

Since we are having such cold weather here in PA.  I decided it was a great day to work on some new necklaces.  Plus the gallery inventory on my necklaces seems to be low.  I won't be putting these out until, I'm thinking, April.  I am doing some softer colorations, or summer feel.

Here is  a peek.  I will be getting some of them on artspan.  All are semi precious stones and mixed metals.  I seem to be making some longer.  Enjoy

Blue Onyx freeform

Carnelian Drop

Morning Branch

Carved Buddha

 

looking at print options

| 29 December, 2017 10:35

As a collector you may only want to purchase original works, but play around with the print options.  With this feature it will give you ideas of what color you might want to paint a room or a wall.  Or if a painting is not framed, how it might look framed.  So, you can use this just as a tool.  However, I limit the number of any prints of my work to 10.  Once that number is hit I remove the option for prints from my page.  

 

If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them.

 

 

This is an example of a new painting "Doors" that I just posted.  Here I am showing one example that I did in the print shop, Voila!!!!  But it also allows you to play with wall colors and the piece you are shopping for.  What a wonderful option!  Doesn't cost anything to play!!  And if you go the route of print and Artspan framing, the prices are excellent.

Please let me know that you are reading my blogs and I will continue.

Doesn't this look Wonderful!!!

Enjoy, Nancy

oil abstracts

| 23 December, 2017 13:27

December 2017 working on a number of smaller oil painting abstracts.  Enjoying working in the smaller format and in a sense, working in pairs.  By working in pairs I can explore the color usage and adaptation to the surface in meaningful ways when conpared to another piece.

 

These I find to be landscape in abstracted subject matter.  Possibly because of the horizon line feel.  It is winter weather where I live in PA, so maybe the outdoors really was an influencing factor in my color choice.  However, I rarely use violet/purple.

These I decided to frame, and I went with the Gold rather than black or silver.  The gold seemed to intensify my puctuated hues and lift them in their field of softer tonal hues.

 

The incising or scoring into the painted surface is not new.  I love the linear with mass and incoporate it into almost all that I do.  I Love turning the switch and working, hand built, with stoneware.  And scoring, plus additional textural elements will always be found.

Example my espresso cups: 

 Possibly I should place more of my stoneware on my Artspan site, but these pieces are carried by galleries or by following me on facebook.  Inquries are always welcome.  All my stoneware pieces are one of a kind and food safe.  I even made shot cups this year! Only one ounce, but truly unique with gift giving.

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oil abstracts

| 23 December, 2017 13:01

December 2017 working on a number of smaller oil painting abstracts.  Enjoying working in the smaller format and in a sense, working in pairs.  By working in pairs I can explore the color usage and adaptation to the surface in meaningful ways when conpared to another piece.

 

These I find to be landscape in abstracted subject matter.  Possibly because of the horizon line feel.  It is winter weather where I live in PA, so maybe the outdoors really was an influencing factor in my color choice.  However, I rarely use violet/purple.

These I decided to frame, and I went with the Gold rather than black or silver.  The gold seemed to intensify my puctuated hues and lift them in their field of softer tonal hues.

 

The incising or scoring into the painted surface is not new.  I love the linear with mass and incoporate it into almost all that I do.  I Love turning the switch and working, hand built, with stoneware.  And scoring, plus additional textural elements will always be found.

Example my espresso cups: 

 Possibly I should place more of my stoneware on my Artspan site, but these pieces are carried by galleries or by following me on facebook.  Inquries are always welcome.  All my stoneware pieces are one of a kind and food safe.  I even made shot cups this year! Only one ounce, but truly unique with gift giving.

This is one of my greenware long bowls, I often add mixed materials into these.

Enjoy, Nancy

All questions welcome

figurative work

| 12 March, 2014 07:49

(above) New piece "Sensing the Song", mixed media. 

 

(above) new piece "Dark yes, Red Room", mixed media

 

I had a nice magazine article written about my work, It can be viewed on line. Lehigh Valley Style Magazine, February 2014 issue.  

I just won Best of Show in a juried exhibition for "May I Carry the Icon" pictured below.

 

I have two exhibitons of my work this year and several shows which include some of my work.  This will be a very busy year!  I will be demonstrating my stoneware work in April. Questions are always welcome. Enjoy, nancy

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| 08 December, 2013 09:28

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Abstracts

| 27 September, 2013 10:12

The process for my new abstracts is on stretched watercolor paper, 300lb., archival.  The paper measures approximately 22 1/2" x 30".  First I soak my paper then stretch it.  As I mentioned before, I prefer to staple my paper when stretching.  I do not like using gum tape.  Gum tape leaves a residue on my boards and does not always hold tight.  With staples I have a strong hold and a perfect stretch to my paper.  Next, I allow the paper to dry,  For the crisp edge around the paper I use a good tape that I brush the inside edge with a acrylic medium to insure little to no bleed under the tape.  Let dry and then start your work!  Enjoy the process:

 

 

 

 

Enjoy, Nancy

stoneware pieces 9/15/13

| 15 September, 2013 23:26

It is always so exciting to open the kiln after a firing.  Once I saw all the bisque fired pieces I just had to start glazing.  The long, thin neck pieces I am going to classify as my "Flute series"  I just find the technique and development so exciting.  All these pieces are handbuilt.

I also attached a number of the ring/jewelry dishes.  All these stoneware items are hand built, and lead free.  Then there are the buttons and pendants.  I believe I have mostly the buttons photographed of the cats and the owls.  The pendants are the same except for a single hole and the placement of that hole is at the top for the pendant pieces.

 

I just finished a new droop crochet hat.  I did embellish with a single owl button.  I hope to get it photographed soon.

 

Enjoy, and questions are always welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

Lucia, Butterfly kisses

| 13 September, 2013 14:58

Hmm... the kiln is going with more ring holder dishes, lots of buttons, and another bash pot!  So anxious to open the kiln tomorrow and start glazing all the new pieces.

I've been working on a bunch of 2-d pieces, but had to start a new one today.  I was fixing my grand daughter's hair for nursery school and had to take another picture!  I just wanted to capture her profile, so I attached my beginning step that is on stretched archival paper. I started with a base sketch and watercolor.  I also added some areas of gesso that I tinted in gray values.  Look for the next step.

Oh, and my grand daughter started dance classes yesterday.  She loves Baryshnikov's nutcraker!  I decided she was going to need some bun covers for her hair.  I never use patterns for my crochet work so this seemed pretty simple, and I made my first bun cover last night with a fiber that was mixed soft pink and black!  YEAH!!!!  Nonni did it!

 

 

and the first bun cover.

 

Enjoy, Nancy

Wedding 8/31/13

| 02 September, 2013 12:02

Our youngest son just got married!  It could not have been more perfect.  We are all still floating on air with smiles ear to ear.  I believe all the love and happiness will color my work for a long time.  Thank you for allowing me to share. Enjoy, Nancy

 

Owls! stoneware

| 20 August, 2013 05:41

These are new buttons and pendant possiblities.  10.00 each.  They are all handmade, stoneware, glazed and fired, lead free.  Sizes range from 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" to 1 3/4 x 1 1/2"  These are all approximations.  The button ones can also be made into a pin, by gluing a pin back to the reverse side and then I would still do a mock button stitch through the holes.

 

Enjoy, Nancy

 

 

wrap 8/7/13

| 07 August, 2013 14:49

I have been making hats, headbands and afghans for years and wanted to do some wraps.  This wrap will fit a size 4 -10 womens easily.  Wear it with the criss/cross and buttons in the front or wear the buttons in the back!  This is very soft and will hug you with extra warmth.

 

I added 5 of my hand made stoneware buttons to the garment.  These are fixed to the garment and cannot be opened.  Put on by placing over your head and Viola!!!!

 

Buttons can be purchased seperately.

 

Enjoy, Nancy