Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Catching An Art Moment!

First I want to say thank you for being patient with me yesterday. Sometimes I just can't access my photographs to post here!

I thought I would share a few things I have been working on lately. These are small, but some of what I do as "between work"!

This is a piece I did to see how the Ampersand board for watercolors (Aquabord) would work. I wet the surface of this product and then added the color. In this case, I used watered down acrylics. I love to let colors blend together as they wish, so this was the way I chose to begin with this one. The next thing I did was dry brush some pearl acrylic over the surface. As you probably know these reflective acrylics do not photograph well. Lastly, I used acrylic which was in my little squeezy bottles to add the small gestural mark. This is a 5" x 7" board.

The other little thing I have been working on is another weaving. This is, again, rice paper which I have slapped on some left over acrylic paint. This time, though, I have cut the strips with a mat knife rather than tearing them. I left one edge uncut on each piece to see if weaving it would be easier. As you can tell, I am still working on this one. I have no idea what I will do with it, but I can go in and weave a few inches when I have a moment, though. I will let you know more about how I proceed with this one!

Do you have things like this you do if you can catch a quick art moment? Tell me about it.

Have a Lovely Creative Day!


indiaartist said...

I have not done something like this after school days, but this is inspiring. I think it will be great to try mixed media.
Love this one.

Andrea and Kim said...

Hello India and thanks for visiting me today.

I am glad you like this weaving. I have found it is sometimes fun to go back and do some of the things we did earlier on. Lately, I have found mixed media to be great fun for me!

Thank you so much!

~Babs said...

I LOVE both of these.
The first makes me think: again,of kites. Free,,,floating, dipping, then bouncing back up.
Wonderful color also!

And the second:
"All Tied Up In Nots"
(as in do not do this,,,, do not do that,,,,)
It too is gorgeous,,,intricate design,,,super color and weaving.
I'd not be able to pick a favorite of these two,,,,they are both excellent work!
Big thumbs up Kim!

Lynette said...

Oooh Kim, I think both of these are truley stunning and I thought the weaving looks perfect just the way it is! I like how that strip is laying on top and curving to the left, it gives an amazing composition! Both of these are gorgeous in red! I know what you mean about photographing the pearl acylics. Sometimes I use the flash to show it 'glowing'. It's very tricky...or get a photo with it reflecting and another with it not reflecting the light.

Andrea and Kim said...


I am glad you like these! And the way you see them really makes me think about what I am painting and what has been happening here! Great insights indeed...

Kites...soaring and the freedom of spring about to burst forth. And the kite tail is right there! Love that.

Tied up in NOTS! I go up and weave this when Mr Needy is in one of his moods of "this has to get done and that has to get done..." So it all makes tons of sense, doesn't it?

Thanks so much for your encouragement, Babs! You are so wonderful with this....

Andrea and Kim said...

Hi Lynette! Really, you think I should leave the weaving in mid-work? Mmmm, now how might that happen with fixing it in that way...the rice paper is rather floppy...maybe just proceed without so much structure. I really like that idea, Lynnette!

I love using those reflective paints, but photographing them properly is a real bear...I am going to try your ideas, though! Thanks!

You really have me thinking here, Lynette!


~Babs said...

Oh, me too, me too Lynnie,,,,,,Love the comp. the weaving makes,,,,just as in the photo.Maybe it could be affixed with gel medium standing on it's edge like that. Ya think Kim?

Andrea and Kim said...

Well Babs! Me thinks me going to try, I can tell you that! There is a lot of area which isn't woven yet, but it would be a cinch to cut it off somewhere or just let it be as it is fixed with medium!

Maybe I will photograph the progress!

You guys are so inspirational!

Katiejane said...

Kim, I love your basket weaving. I'm trying to help you think of an application for it.

I'm going to answer your question from my previous posts here. No, you don't have to have special ampage for my little kiln. I doesn't use as much electricity as a kitchen stove.

And yes, I have done lampworking, but I didn't enjoy it as much as fusing. I thought it would be something I could incorporate into my cold glass panels but I couldn't make that work.

Andrea and Kim said...

Hi Kate,

I have done several of these through to completion. One stands alone and is set against black paper. The other one is part of a painting on canvas. You can see both of them in other posts. I would love to hear your input on this one.

My daughter's interest in pottery has given us an opportunity to have a closer look/see at kilns. Your small one seems as though it would be an easy one to move, etc. But I think it would be too small for pottery.

Kate, you have tried all kinds of working with glass. Have you blown glass, too? It is a fascinating medium without a doubt.

Thanks so much for taking the time to explain this to me.

Unknown said...

Kim, you aquabord art is beautiful:) I love how the colours blend here, it gives such an interesting somptuous surface. Never heard of this product, what is this board made of? Is it like a "canvas for watercolour"? Interesting!!!
And I love the weaving project too. It is so surprising to see what the weaving with its regularity does to the slapped-on colour pattern! Great, I love to look at these and look forward to what it will become too.
Have a great day,
Oh and yes, at the moment the things I do when I can catch a moment are putting faces to blotches:)
Talk to you soon,

Andrea and Kim said...

Hi Andrea,

Thank you so much! It is a pressed wood/paper product we call masonite that has an absorbent surface especially for the watercolor technique. So it is quite rigid...like wood. I will try to get a shot of the edge for you to see in my next photo taking session. You can also purchase these cradled and in various sizes. Golden makes a product you can paint on a surface that will make it like watercolor paper, too. It is called absorbable ground, I think.

I am glad you like the weaving, as well.

Ah yes, your fabulous bookmarks! I love those and can see how they would be very addictive to make!

Thanks Andrea!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Anonymous said...

Your weavings are beautiful. Lots to see in them. Tilt my head one way, then tilt my head the other way. Two paintings in one!

Big thanks for introducing me to Ampersand Aquabord. This is definitely a support I want to test. No wrinkles!

Andrea and Kim said...

Hi Chewy, Thank you for your kind words. These are great fun to work on as I am doing other things.

You are so welcome. I can see where this might be a wonderful product for you. Let me know if you like it!

Thank you for visiting me today.

San said...

That 5 x 7 piece is a perfect jewel. Luscious!

And I find your woven work so impressive in a hard-to-define way. Something about the pairing of texture with pattern. Then to pair this with your fluid gestures. Lots of resonance back and forth. I'm also realizing I really like your way with red. To power and energy!!

Andrea and Kim said...

Thanks again, San! If you go to the first woven piece I did, you can see this same technique used for both of those pieces before they were woven...the wet paper and various colors which run and absorb into the paper. I prefer to be surprised with what the paint does in these pieces. Of course, there is a bit of control with the way the page is wet.

I am glad you like the woven bits. This one began with just showing it in progress, but Babs and Lynette have encouraged me to reconsider this.

Well...red! I have always played around mostly with blues, purples, blacks.... but I have needed some of these other hues to promote them. When you are doing things which clean up brushes, etc....you never know what is going to happen. :)

San, again, thanks for your lovely encouragement.

Elis Cooke said...

Hi Kim
I just love what you did on the ampersand board... I will have to try out some of that! the blends of red and green tones are lovely and something I tend to not be brave enough to dare lol!
btw... I am passing along an award to you for being one of my most favourite and most inspired by blogs. you can get the info on my blog and pass it on to blogs you like. namaste Elis.

Andrea and Kim said...

Thank you so much, Elis! I will use more of this product by Ampersand to be sure. I also have some absorbent ground which I want to also give a try.

Red and Greens are easy to combine when you can get the values and chromas right. What I try to do is imagine which would be the direct opposite on the color wheel and move from there. The way you are with color...it will be a cinch!

Thank you so much for the award. I will be visiting you shortly! What an honor!

As always, thanks so much for the great inspiration you always provide!