These are a really funny little perennial we have growing in the front yard--a sort of daisy but with stubby little short petals.
It was a profound learning experience this time with the glass--three or four times I went too far with the details of it, to the point where I'd realize that the attention had focused to the glass and not the flower. So I'd knock back the glass again, then bring it back up again...it was a dance that went on for a long time. It's fascinating how fine that line is between too much and not enough. It's one of the most interesting concepts for me in art. More art on my website: jalapfaff.com
The rain has not abated. Isn't anyone out there doing that anti-rain dance? Let's see, what kind of an ark do you think I can build in my studio out of paintbrushes and canvas?
I'm beginning to get more intuitive with my color in these abstracts--not giving any conscious thought at all to the color wheel during the often fast-and-furious painting process--and I'm really liking the result. More art on my website: jalapfaff.com
Another abstract mini. These small ones look great with a big mat.
What's the opposite of a rain dance? Whatever it is, we need someone to perform it here. Perhaps it's time to go to Seattle or Portland or somewhere like that for some dry weather? More art on my website: jalapfaff.com
Last night in the studio, I was a wild woman, grabbing old, smaller canvases right and left and throwing a new paint layer on top. I hadn't done much painting in the last few days and it felt like it was all saved up as potential energy, ready to be unleashed kinetically in the studio. I'm happy with all three of them I did, and will post the next two soon. Here's the first. More art on my website: jalapfaff.com
The latest diptych...had a lot of fun painting this one. One of the more rare times (for me) when I had an image in mind first for an abstract and the end product didn't deviate much from the original idea. This was approximately four layers, painting knife, no brushes. More art on my website: jalapfaff.com
Yesterday's poppy did double duty before it deceased.
Unrelatedly: it's been rather amusing here over the last couple of days searching for an item that can be used tomorrow in the beginning drawing class I teach, on how to shade a sphere. Knowing that ideally I need a perfectly smooth white ball, the search began. An orange? Nope, too nobbly nubbly and too dark a value. Billiard ball? Don't know anyone who has one. A baseball that Mojito, one of our dogs, brought home from the park? Nope, the stitching is too distracting. Ditto the grooves in the volleyball that the neighbor brought over in hopes of relieving my dilemma. Then the neighbor's wife dug up a ping-pong ball from some basement stash, but alas, it has a very distracting seal-line all the way around it. (Plus, as she pointed out, "It's awfully small!") "An egg?" she offered. Not round enough for Lesson 1.
Things were beginning to get desperate as I contemplated showing up to class empty-handed on sphere-shading day. I started to gaze at the filthy dog-tennis-balls in the yard and wondered just how gross it would be to try to cover one of them in acrylic gesso. I almost tried it out of desperation, until I started visualizing how I would go about that--specifically, how would I cover it completely while it had to rest somewhere to dry? So then I thought, well, I guess I could sort of spear it onto a sharp stick like someone getting ready to toast a marshmallow, and gesso everything but that part...and fortunately, that's when I gave up on that whole idea.
I went grocery shopping tonight and found a couple of quite round, light-value smooth-skinned grapefruits. Voila! Good enough. Now please don't remind me how I have to lug a big ol' spotlight from my home studio to the class tomorrow along with a grapefruit and all the other stuff too...in the rain.
Moral of this story: It's a lot harder than you'd think to find a smooth white ball in your house.
"The Search for a White Sphere" sounds like a good title for something...perhaps a Damien Hirst piece?
I'm a painter (and writer and Spanish instructor) living in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. I studied classical art in an ARC (Art Renewal Center) school, Colorado Academy of Art, full-time for two years, in order to benefit from the rigorous atelier-style training. I am currently dedicated to exploring abstract and semi-abstract art, working in oil and also in soft pastel. I firmly believe that all human beings are creative, whether or not they have yet found an outlet for the innate creative urge, and that the creative arts are the highest form of human expression. Email me at: jala[at]jalapfaff.com
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