Sunday, July 31, 2011

Abstract Landscapes: Soldiering On

Day Three of my class at Sitka: Abstract Landscapes, was a frenzy of madcap painting. Howard popped in first thing to take a look at my progress. I also started yet ANOTHER canvas just to be sure I had enough to do (ha!).

Bye bye unloved art -- in transition and waiting for the final day to hopefully be completed.

Try and try again . . .

Some of my other pieces in various stages of completion (or uncompletion as the case may be).

Final day of class on Sunday. Wish me luck.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Abstract Landscapes: There is No Shortcut For Layers

Day Two of Abstract Landscapes at Sitka. We picked up right were we left off yesterday . . .

My progress at the end of the second day.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Abstract Landscapes: It Begins With a First Layer

It is always a treat to spend time at Sitka, located at Cascade Head on the Oregon coast between Lincoln City and Neskowin. For my July visit, I'm taking a class from Lori Latham, an abstract landscape artist.

I arrived at the cabin on Wednesday (my friend Hazel lets me use her cabin, which happens to be conveniently located right across the street from Sitka) and got settled in. The cabin is secluded and quiet, with sweeping views all the way to the Pacific.

I'm always afraid I won't have enough to do or I'll want something I didn't bring, so I came prepared with my latest art magazines and books, a book of fiction, a couple of movies, and of course, my visual journal!

Day one of the four-day class started today, our work stations all tidy and promising.

Our goal for today was just to get color onto our substrates using a variety of tools and mediums: scrape, drip, drag, scrub, spray, squirt, blot . . . . over and over and over. It was such fun! Here's what I was able to accomplish by the end of today.

My new favorite painting tool? Damp cheesecloth!