Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Sketchbook West 2017" - Pages 3 to 12

I mentioned on this blogpost here l that I'm participating in Las Laguna Gallery's "Sketchbook West 2017" exhibit. I've been working on multiple pages of this sketchbook at the same time. It's similar to the way I work on my other art projects. I usually have at least 3 projects going simultaneously.

The size of this sketchbook (3.5" x 5.5") still feels a bit limiting still to me. Hopefully, the more I work in it, the more I will become comfortable with the small size. 

Pages 3 and 4: Turquoise acrylic paint was painted on the ground with Turquoise Blue crayon scribbled on top. I painted cheap paper with black acrylic paint then tore pieces so the edges would be ragged with some white paper showing. I finished by gluing yellow tissue paper with gel medium for a transparent look.

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6: I distressed bleeding tissue paper to get some variation of colors. Then I tore them into strips and glued to the sketchbook with gel medium. The white acrylic paint area at the bottom section was the third ground. First, I thought to leave the sketchbook paper showing as the ground. It didn't look interesting enough. Then used brown oil pastel and scribbled over the area. This made the page look messy but not in a good way. Finally, I covered the area with white acrylic paint. If you click on the image, you can see a bit of nice texture.
Pages 5 and 6

Pages 7 and 8: These pages started with a wash of Yellow Oxide acrylic paint. All the paint that I used on these pages is acrylic paint. Once that layer dried, I quickly brushed  white paint on top. After the white paint dried, I dry brushed Red Oxide into a square. Next I painted a loose circle with Burnt Umber and curved line with Cadmium Red Light Hue.
Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10: Once again, I used all acrylic paint on these pages. Light grey area has a ground of white then I dry brushed light grey on top. The dark grey area has a ground of black with dark grey paint dry brushed on top. The thick curve was made using Cadmium Red Deep Hue. This element gave a nice transparent feel to the simple design.
Pages 9 and 10

Pages 11 and 12: More distressed bleeding tissue papers were used for these pages. If I had to do it over, I would offset the orange area. 
Pages 11 and 12
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have another blog called Graffiti Inspirations that started in 2009 where I post about art bombing. I think the current term is abandonment art. It's been quite some time since I abandoned art. Today seemed like a perfect day to restart this project as a way of giving thanks.

If you're interested in this project, please click here. You'll find out where I'm going to abandon this artwork today.





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Friday, November 18, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Las Laguna Gallery - Sketchbook West 2017

My dear friend and amazing artist, Linda Friedman, reminded me the other day about checking Las Laguna Gallery for their call for art. The Sketchbook West 2017 exhibit caught my eye. I really want to start my sketchbook practice again. Also, knowing that I have 3 months to complete this project (submission date is February 28, 2017) was a major incentive to participate. I paid the entry fee and waiting for the 3.5" x 5.5" sketchbook to arrive.

Once the sketchbook arrived, I had to stare at it a few moments. "It's so small" I thought. Then I reminded myself that it's a sketchbook. I don't have to create an elaborate journal page or work of art. It's a tool to jot down ideas.


The paper in this sketchbook is hot press so it's very smooth and on the thin side. I was curious to see how it will hold layers of acrylic paint. Pages 1 and 2 were used to test the paper. I found that the layers of paint didn't show through to the other side. The pages did curl as I started to add more paint. After the painted dried, I wanted to add lines to give a geometric look to the design. The pencil lines were so interesting to me that I decided to just to darken the lines instead of drawing over with a pen. Then I weighed down the sketchbook with heavy books to try to flatten it before I could photograph the pages.



I'm not sure if anything will come from this sketch. It was fun to quickly put down an idea on paper.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"Branching Out" exhibit at The Branch Gallery

I'm excited to have my artwork "Underneath" in the Surface Art Association exhibit called "Branching Out" at The Branch Gallery

"Underneath" 33"x42" (photo credit: Luke Bisagna)


The Branch Gallery
1031 W. Manchester Blvd. #3
Inglewood, CA 90301
310-395-3880
Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday Noon-5 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The opening reception is Saturday, November 12th 3pm - 7pm.



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