This piece is quite different for me. When I paint, one of my priorities is value (contrast) and as you can see, this painting has very little. This painting was completed in November of last year when I was in a very meditative mood. It was finished quickly listening to soft music. Normally I will look at a piece for several days or weeks and decide if it’s finished. With this particular piece I didn’t want to change a thing. It also has lots of soft lines which do not show up in the picture. Mixed Media - 40 x 30 on canvas.
"Daybreak" was painted in mid-November and is one of my latest pieces. I haven't been painting since I broke my leg back on November 29th and haven't been able to paint since then. I fractured my weight bearing bone in my right leg was have been "wheelchair and home boand" ever since. It's been difficult since I am accustomed to painting daily and teaching several classes a week.
Since my studio is down one very long flight of steps, I have asked my husband, Bob, to bring me some supplies upstairs and I will start on some small pieces on the dining room table. I want to experiment with cold wax and oil paint as well. We'll see if anything comes of it.
Daybreak is one of my favorite pieces. I may just hang in my home for awhile.
This painting has a history - it was another painting altogether that lacked excitement and everything else a good painting should have. It started as a demo (but finished at home) at the abstract class I teach at the York Art Association. I wanted to show everyone how you can make a failed painting into something much more exciting. The colors from the previous painting are showing through, which gives the piece so much history. It's on a full size sheet of watercolor paper (32 x 28), and I used acrylic, graphite, charcoal and watercolor crayons.
This piece was started at the Steve Aimone workshop in Rockland, Maine. It was started as a challenge - working quick, fast, and standing at arms length away from the painting. I finished the piece after I arrived back home. It's quite large - 48 x 36 - 100% acrylic on canvas.A quick note above Steve Aimone - if you ever get a chance to take one of his workshops, do it. He is absolutely one of the best! His website is www.aimoneartservices.com.