The Robot Series was inspired by a trip to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry a number of years ago. I saw a collection of Japanese toy robots from the 40s and 50s that really inspired me. The curator graciously allowed me to take reference photos when I explained I was an artist. I took hundreds of reference photos to use for future projects.
To start a new robot project, I would choose a robot that had great character and whimsy. In Photoshop, I would play with the robot's colors or extraneous features. I might add a background to give the robot a setting and story. When I was satisfied with the new image, I printed out the new reference photos and began the new project.
The robots have been been so much fun to work with. Each one has their own story and personality. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
After I finished my robot oils series, I wanted to try a new media for the robots. I signed up for an open studio class for Woodcutting and Etching and learned some new methods to express my joy of robots.
The woodcuts are hand pulled on a printing press with one color or multiple colors blocks. I loved the process of cutting into the wood taking away the background and leaving the raised thick line of my image.
Learning to etch was a wonderful process using a etching point that looks like a metal (very sharp) pencil to scratch into the copper plate to produce a very fine line.
With “Discobots” I used a process called Chine Colle that prints the black ink on to pieces of thin japanese colored paper adhered on to the printing paper.
I have included some pictures of working with the etching and woodcut pieces. It was wonderful to learn a new technique and one I will return to again!
When I go into a grocery store... or better yet a farmer's market, I can be caught gazing admiringly at the produce. Not because I'm a great cook but because I love the colors and shapes of fruits and veggies.
I had so much fun taking reference photos for all of my fruit and veg paintings. As a group or as an individual, they seem to have their own personalities and interact with each other in amusing ways. They were very good models - never complained how hot it was or how much time I took!
Each one tells a story, I hope you enjoy the stories they tell!
I worked on pastel fish at the same time I worked on pastel fruit and vegetables. I have always been attracted to the expressions of fish and the idea they may be thinking about more than we expect them to be. At the same time I was working with pastel, I started to experiment with digital painting in Photoshop. Two of the fish in this series are created in Photoshop.
Pastel on Paper 24 x 20
Pastel on Paper 24 x 18
Pastel on Paper 8 x 10
Pastel on Paper 8 x 10
Pastel on Paper 20 x 24
MAPPA PUFFER FISH
Love of Color
This is the series I am currently working on with oils on canvas.
It is a series of small 11x14 oil paintings of fruit and flowers and still unknown subjects. My theme for this series is "Love of Color" so I will search for each new subject for objects that catch my eye with their brilliance of color.
I will be adding paintings as I finish them. Please join my mailing list and you will be notified when there are new paintings.
Before I worked with oils, my medium of choice was pastel. Working with pastels, I learned how to be patient and layer color upon color to get the richness and fullness of a shape.
As much as I loved working with pastels, they were messy and I had to go to great lengths to ventilate the spray fixative that I used. After I had small children around, pastels were impossible for me to work with.
I pondered what medium to use to replace them. Acrylic paint dried too quickly and I could not layer the color as well as I liked. Oil paints dried too slowly and I didn't want to use additives and cleaners that had a strong smell. Then I discovered water-based oils and I loved them!! They dry more slowly than acrylic paint and much faster than regular oils. They have no oder and I can clean my brushes with a non-toxic cleaner and water.