Friday, December 8, 2017

November Leaves 4

This is the fourth in my November Leaves series.  I'm doing these in Nancy Hillis's online Studio Journeys group and enjoying it so much.  Our first Art Bundle, or assignment, was to work in a series.  This is not new to me, but I have enjoyed approaching working in a series with more consciousness.  I found that after I painted the first three however I wanted, I was ready to start pushing myself on a few things.  On this fourth one, I wanted to play with more minimalism, although I'm not sure if most would consider this very minimalist.  The constraints I've given myself for this series is black, white and earth tones in a 12" square.

November Leaves 4, acrylic on paper, 12x12"

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winding Down

I've enjoyed my stitch projects so much, but now that it's December, I feel very ready to be done with them.  I'm excited to move on to something new for 2018, whatever that might be.

Here are my 2016 November segments all stitched together.

And November 2017 is done.

So one more round for December then these will be put to rest.

Friday, December 1, 2017

November Leaves 3

The third painting from my November Leaves series.  I made 6 starts and I'm trying to see if I can get all 6 of them to completed paintings before our new assignment comes out this week.  A couple more are very close, and one is getting finishing touches, so my hopes are high.

November Leaves 3, acrylic on paper, 12x12"

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November Stitching, or lack thereof

I guess I got sidetracked by turkey eating because I forgot to stitch these together this month.  All I have to show today is a big pile ready for some stitching this afternoon.

Friday, November 24, 2017

November Leaves 2

Here is the second in my November Leaves series.  When I started this, my inspiration was a walk through lots of dried leaves. I brought a handful of them inside to draw from for my initial marks. I was seeing all sorts of black, browns and earth tones, thus the constraints for this series. But the super bright yellows and oranges are hanging around this year and look nothing like the earthier colors I'm using.  I may have to retitle these.

November Leaves 2, acrylic on paper, 12x12"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Stitching

I was laying my November 2016 components out to stitch together, and I threw them next to my 2017 project for comparison.   This has been such a bright, cheerful Nov. that I thought they would look drastically different.  They blend pretty well here, but maybe when I join all of Nov. 2016, it will look more dark and somber.  I love rich colors next to dark browns and blacks.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Studio Journeys

I have been taking part in Nancy Hillis's Studio Journeys this month.  It's a monthly program that includes ideas, instructions, and community for abstract painting. Each month she provides an art bundle which gives a focus for the month.  This first one is "work in a series."  I was a little hesitant to join because I already work in series, but I have been fully enjoying it.  I like having an assignment to focus on for the month and some inspiration for doing it.  The Facebook community has about 350 members and has been a fantastic place for seeing a wide range of abstract painting.  Looking at so much work helps me clarify what I do and don't like in abstract painting, and it helps me clarify what  my own style is.

This month we are instructed to brainstorm 10 different series we could explore, then choose one.  We come up with some constraints for our series, make between 5-10 starts, and then choose some to develop fully.

I decided to work with November leaves.  Only in the middle of painting them did I recognize how similar my painting is to my stitching projects.  I can't seem to stay away from subtle shifts in the seasons.  Maybe because I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where our seasons consisted of brown hills or green ones, I am now fascinated by all the shifts in the sky, earth,and plants that occur in Portland, often even in the course of a day!

My constraints for this series are 12" squares and black, white and earth tones.  I started each piece by very roughly drawing leaves I had collected.  They pretty much disappear in the final versions, but provide a little starting energy to get me going.

"November Leaves 1", acrylic on paper, 12"x12"