Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Little Studio Time

I thought I would share what I have been working on in the studio. I have made no decisions about it yet, even if it is done or not. It will probably go into the Contemplation Series, though. This is a standard 24 x24 canvas. I used gel medium with a bit of blue spread rather thickly on the canvas with a cake frosting spreader. I allowed that to dry for about a week or so. Then I painted over that with more darker blue, some red, of course purple and a bit of black. Once that dried, I used gold inference to highlight a few of the more interesting lines made by the origional gel.

Lately, I have been doing a bit of exploring with some of the more unusual paints like the inference, some metals and pearl. They are interesting, but do not photograph very well...most likely it is the photographer, though.

What is happening in your studio? I know there are some really interesting blog posts going on.

I am not sure what tomorrow will bring. Are you planning a fun weekend?


Daphne Enns said...

Hi Kim.
This painting reminds me of rice paper. So much texture but fragile too.

There are so many mediums for acrylics these days that are a photographers nightmare.

I took a painting to a workshop held by a professional art photographer and she photographed it as well as provided a helpful lecture on the various complications related to photographing 2 and 3d art properly.

It all comes down to good lighting (usually 2 sources) and a tripod though.

Andrea and Kim said...

Thank you, Daphne! No rice paper on this one, but I really love working with that, too.

Also, thank you for the information on the photography. I know my set up is not the best for getting the best photographic results. I do need some excellent interior lights. I have taken quite a few photography classes, although they were years ago when we were still using film. Maybe the lights will be my next gift request. My tripod is also trying to give up, so maybe I should toss one of those in, too.

Thanks so much for this information and for visiting me.

~Babs said...

I'm so glad Blogger allows us to click & enlarge. Super textures in this!
I'll be studio working this weekend,,,,(maybe some aceos) then painting interior walls at the cabin next week for a few days.Neutral,,,keeping it light,,,,,to showcase the foliage and water through the windows.

Andrea and Kim said...

Hi Babs, it sure helps to be able to see these closer, doesn't it! For me, sometimes, it is all about aging eyes, too! :)

Ohhh, I can't wait to see what comes out of your weekend studio time. Ah, ha! Some wall work next weekend! Mother nature sure provides some wonderful paintings herself, doesn't she!

Any more snow out your way, Babs?

Have fun creating....

Lynette said...

Kim, those textures and layers of color look so wonderful! I haven't done any painting the last several days since my husband and I both caught the flu, blah. Hoping to get in a painting mood by the next day or two though. I agree those metallic paints are really hard to photograph cause they change in the light!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim,
Found you through Martha Marshall's blog. Love this piece. Dark and mysterious!


Andrea and Kim said...

Oh No Lynette! Not the flu! You poor dears. I do hope you are soon feeling better. Do you have someone close by who can bring you the things you need? I am so very sorry.

I am glad you like this painting. I knew you would understand about the photography. I just don't have a good set up for photographing indoors. I know that is my problem! I am not going out with it this time of year, either.

Do feel better soon, Lynnette!

Andrea and Kim said...

Thank you Diane! Welcome to Creating Space. I am glad you left me a comment and hope you will come back often. Martha has some lovely pieces and thoughtful posts, doesn't she? I am glad you found me there.

Dark and mysterious, uh? Well, I do a lot of dark paintings and love deep rich hues, but mysterious??? Well, okay, I will take it,since you insist! Thank you!

Do visit again, soon, Diane!

indiaartist said...

I agree it is fun to experiment with colors, mediums and support when there are so many options available now. That is when you get time from the routine. There is plenty to explore , plenty to see. All the best.

Andrea and Kim said...

Hello, thanks for visiting. I totally agree, mediums are so much fun to play with. There are so many out there now.

I hope to see you again, soon!

Elis Cooke said...

Hi Kim
Thanks for visiting my blog so I could find yours:) I love this contemplation series [especially 3&4}... looking forward to seeing more! namaste Elis.

Andrea and Kim said...

Thank you, Elis! I am glad you found me, and I am glad I found YOU! Your work is so wonderful, and I enjoy my "ponderings" when I am on your blog.

I look forward to having you back here, too.

Yes, Namaste!

San said...

Kim, I always enjoy learning about your process. For all the spread-on texture here, there's a nice delicacy --the gold tendrils swirled through it all--wispy and dreamy.

Andrea and Kim said...

Ah, thanks San! What a lovely thing to say. I keep wondering if I should play up that softness with more gold or just leave it with this bit of edge. It is kind of two different ways of seeing it.

What do you think is most appealing?

Thanks San!

San said...

I like the subtlety as is, but if you have the impulse to soften with more gold, I'd say go with the impulse! Impulses can open doors, don't you think?

Andrea and Kim said...

Thanks San! I appreciate your and other's input on my paintings. I kind of like the way the gold now balances the softness otherwise. Maybe I will play with the idea on another one, though.

Have A Great Trip, San! It will be fun.

Laura Frankstone said...

I would like to see this in person---it's hard to get a true idea of it since there are so many dark values. I love the calligraphic shapes, though, and enjoy reading about the processes involved. You all did a wonderful job of painting your parents' living room!

Andrea and Kim said...

Thank you Laura and welcome. A lot of my work is dark mainly because I am drawn to those values (as in hue, value, chroma, not dark personal values :) ). It does make it more difficult to see in many ways, even in person. The thing is with a lot of those values and paintings like this, they seem to have a different personality depending on the angle one views them. Maybe that is why like to hang out with these particular colors.

Thank you for your kind words, and I hope to see you here again.