Saturday, November 21, 2009

Painting a Day... on the weekend? Well, um, not so much

Thank you to my wonderful followers who have been faithfully bidding away on my "Painting a Day" holiday promotion! Your support is overwhelming, and much appreciated.

Now, for the bad news... I can't keep up! For the remainder of the promotion, I will not be listing paintings on Saturday or Sunday or Thanksgiving Day. Sorry! You can find me THIS Sunday, however, selling my paintings in Eugene at a great little show:

Meet Your Maker Indie Art & Craft Show
Fenario Gallery
881 Willamette St.
Eugene OR

Sunday, December 22: 11-5pm

Thursday, November 19, 2009

PINK! Not the usual suspect...

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.

I hope you enjoy my latest "Painting a Day" painting... for a limited time - now available on EBAY.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Late Great Art Sale continues...

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.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Screen Printing 101 Continued...

"Tangerine Birds"
Available on ETSY

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.

My first attempt at creating my image for printing failed (using sun to expose the screen may not have been my best choice). My second attempt has worked out much better! It took me several tries pulling the ink and using different materials and paper in order to get a somewhat clean image, but I finally finished one and it is definitely PROGRESS! I actually liked the uneven quality of the lime green feathers and the newspaper print kind of texture with the black outlines. However, I think overall I will actually prefer the cleaner lines of the photo emulsion, and will give that another try using a bulb instead of the sun. I may end up using a mix of the 2 techniques down the road, but we'll see. The saga continues...

For now, my new little birdie pair is available online at my NEW Etsy printshop: www.Studio262.etsy.com

Thursday, November 5, 2009

PAINTING A DAY for 30 Days: Annual ORIGINAL ART Sale!

It's BACK! My annual sale of original ART. Just in time for the holidays - a perfect way to spruce up your home for guests or give that special someone a personal and original gift of art!

NOV 10 - DEC 10
MY ART! My items on eBay

ORIGINAL ART starting for less than $20.00

Here's how it will work...

I will be working on a single painting EVERY DAY for 30 days starting Nov 9. I will list these paintings DAILY for a 3-day auction on EBAY starting between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. PST on Nov 10. All paintings will start for under $20.00 USD. All shipping will be $6.50 or less for US Priority Mail and will ship within 1 business day of receipt of payment to ensure prompt delivery for the holidays. (International orders will be calculated on the ebay shipping calculator via International Priority Mail.)

** Unsold paintings WILL NOT be offered at these prices again - if you like a piece, now's the time to buy!


Monday, November 2, 2009

Screen Printing - Take II: from photo emulsion to screen filler

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!

left image: all washed out??

right image: photo emulsion removed

Let's try this again!

Take II: Using screen filler to create my screen image

Well, since I didn't have a proper light bulb handy for giving it another go (sans the sunlight), and also since I'm not a very patient person when it comes to the need to create NOW, I decided to try another approach - screen filler. With this method I just PAINT on the screen filler - fun! I'm also kind of excited about the error factor of using brush strokes as opposed to a cleaner photo image. Of course, I don't know how long the excitement will last once I actually see how the print turns out! As soon a
s the filler dries...

Screen filler steps (as provided by Speedball):
  1. Create an image layout (easy enough, I already had my transparency from Take I)
  2. Take image to a table and lay screen over the image securing with tape
  3. Trace image with soft pencil (I used the closest No 2 pencil laying around)
  4. Prop up screen, securely, and paint out all areas that are NOT to be printed
  5. Set screen down level and leave to dry (preferably 24 hours)

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