Saturday, November 21, 2009
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 8:59 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I LOVE warm colors. Yellow is my best friend. I should have known this all along... when other girls my age had pink bedrooms, I had yellow. Somehow this trait did not pass from mother to daughter (although my love of art, gardens, and animals did - phew!) My daughter LOVES pink (and purple, to some extent). She IS Fancy Nancy (if you have a young daughter, you probably know what I mean - if not, check it out the next time you're at the library). My daughter liked to teach the rest of her family (myself included) HOW to be fancy. Somehow, I'm still a yellow girl. HOWEVER, much to my daughter's delight, I did happen to create this new floral painting with a soft pink glow. I think it's the roses I have recently acquired. I've never been a rose person either, but here I am with about 20 rose bushes. Somehow, they just made me think... delicate pink.
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 8:09 PM
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Late but not forgotten - my latest little painting, "Memories of a Spring Day" is now for sale on EBAY as a part of my continuing "Painting a Day for 30 days" series. This latest little painting was inspired (and delayed) by our VERY recent and continuing move into a much anticipated new home. As we move, I am reminded of our last hometown in the Skagit Valley of Northwest Washington, and the beautiful farmlands and tulip fields that surround the area. Our new home has some characteristics of our last house, and as we began our moving plans (picking out paint colors, washer/dryer, planning murals in the kid rooms, scheduling carpet cleaning, and many more mundane tasks) I thought it fitting that my painting today should be from these memories. I only had time for a little painting, but I hope you enjoy the rich layers of texture and the abstracted floral images. And hopefully, as we settle in, I'll get back on schedule with my "Painting a Day" each day and share some of my favorite images from our current, and now rather permanent hometown in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 9:26 PM
Sunday, November 8, 2009
As I've mentioned before, I haven't screen printed since shortly after college (aka "awhile ago"). After playing with image transfer techniques, and enjoying their effect, it made me realize that I might be able to go even further with my repeated bird images by using the screen printing technique as well.
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 5:17 PM
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 11:10 AM
Monday, November 2, 2009
Take I: Using photo emulsion to create my screen image
I knew I was taking a risk. Exposing a screen using sunlight is very unpredictable at best. I didn't expect complete and utter failure, however! I think the problem was with how long I waited between applying the photo emulsion (the lovely blue pictured below) and actually exposing the screen. I was waiting for a bright and sunny day and low and behold, our Pacific Northwest skies were not obliging (at least not quickly). After looking online for possible exposure times, I decided to go with 25 minutes (based on the fact our sun is so low in the sky during winter). After exposing the screen, I excitedly took it over to an outdoor hose to spray and ended up with a nicely, and completely, filled screen. Great, if I was going for the extreme minimalist approach!
Screen filler steps (as provided by Speedball):
- Create an image layout (easy enough, I already had my transparency from Take I)
- Take image to a table and lay screen over the image securing with tape
- Trace image with soft pencil (I used the closest No 2 pencil laying around)
- Prop up screen, securely, and paint out all areas that are NOT to be printed
- Set screen down level and leave to dry (preferably 24 hours)
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 1:03 PM