I find that the new Acrylic I is are a great way to add marks and drips to my dry abstracts. The consistency of the ink is perfect to move around on the canvas. In the video above I am using the dropper that comes with the ink. I also love to use very fine, long bristled brushes. They make these great fine lines. Because the pigment ratio to fluid is fairly high this ink works beautifully when sprayed with water.
This is my favorite brand to use, but there are a number of really great choices on the market today.
STUDIO JOURNEY # 76
Can’t Wait To Share This New Work With You!
It always amazes me how things in life come back around. Nature has always spoke to me, either early on in my art journey painting them in oils or in my newest work. These new contemporary landscapes are so much fun to create. They incorporate the ease of the acrylic paints, beautiful brush strokes with the energy found in my daily walks. I am so excited to share with you this series of paintings…..Natures Roots
water color paper image credit: www.iamart.org website; "Watercolor Paper - Part 1 - Surface Textures"
I use both watercolor paper and acrylic paper for my acrylic landscapes and abstract paintings. If you are like me there is way to many choices to make when purchasing watercolor paper. Between the choice of cold press, hot press or rough that’s difficult enough to understand, add in the aspect of weight of the paper(?) and choosing the right paper for your project is like being a child overwhelmed in a big toy store.
Issue #36 of the Studio Journey
An essential element of any art is risk. If you don't take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn't been seen before?
— Francis Ford Coppola, 1939 -
Film-maker, Author, Winemaker
Final Friday In October
Studio 606 Will Be Opened
Pendleton Art Center
I am so excited to let you know that Studio 606 will be open for the October Final Friday.
The long awaited tear down is done. When you entered my studio the very first thing you saw was “the wall”. At first I liked the idea that there was this separation between the space I worked in and the small gallery in the front. This setup became a problem when I started trying to teach classes in the studio, there just wasn’t enough space. Well…. It is finally gone. I am thrilled with the way the studio is now so open. There is finally space to work on large paintings and hopefully soon return to teaching classes in person. Till that happens I am enjoying the newly expanded space and posting my classes up on line….
The Auction is Live
Over the past year I have started to move some of my pieces to an on-line auction service. A lot of the local art fairs were not happening as a result of COVID. Even this past summer, there have still been a lot of cancellations. A lot of us are still cautious about spending time in big crowds. With this in mind I am now occasionally posting a few paintings in an online auction. If you are like me and always loved going to summer auctions this is a fun experience. Most of the paintings are posted up for five days, but like any auction, the fun is in those last few minutes. Check out this month’s pieces….and good luck bidding.😊
The long awaited new website for the Pendleton Art Center is LIVE. It is full of all the up-to-date happenings at the PAC.
Studio Journey #36’s Art Tip
Art Tip #36
Staring at that blank canvas and asking; “ now what” The big challenge here is to get something on the canvas. One way to start an abstract painting is to creat shapes on the canvas. Using
painters tape place several intersecting lines, creating geometric shapes, such as triangles, squares, and rectangles. Paint over the lines with a thin layer of fluid matte medium. Let it dry completely. Paint some but not all of the shapes that you have created with the tape. Be sure to let the paint dry then remove the tape and continue working on your painting. Some of the shapes can stand alone while you may want to connect others, guiding the eye around the canvas.
Sanna Fine Art
Pendleton Art Center
Sixth Floor...Studio 606
1310 Pendleton Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Do you find the end of something leaves you with a slight unsettled feeling?
I certainly do. This week has been about tying up loose ends and the start of some exciting new projects.
It has been about tiding up all the loose ends from 2020, cleaning off the top of the desk, washing out the brushes and putting away all the paints, sweeping the floor and emptying the trash. Anytime I Start a new project, especially one this large, there is always these two conflicting emotions; excitement and anticipation bumping up right next to the fear of the unknown and possible failure.
I struggle with these two voices in my head and find myself questioning my ability to accomplish such a large undertaking. I always return to reading my two favorite books when this happens. The words within them quiets the fearful, insecure voice rattling around in my head and reaffirms that we are all capable of taking on any task that is guided by passion, excitement and joy.
Pulling Your Own Strings:
Dr Wayne W. Dyer: August 21, 2001
This book has always helped me quiet not only my own inner voices of self-doubt and fear but remind me that anything is possible.
Trust The Process : An Artist Guide To Letting Go
by Shaun McNiff| Mar 31, 1998
I am always reminded that there is a magic to this process of creating and somehow it always finds a way to the place where you need it to be, and a destination you never could have known in advance.
Today I look forward to this new year, with joy and excitement. I am sure we all are ready for a new experience in 2021.
If you have any books, videos, articles that help you in this type of journey I look forward to hearing from you.
1310 Pendleton Street
Come and make your own abstract floral paintings. In this class we will work with acrylic paints, stamps, stencils, and acrylic paint markers. In the first stage of the class students will create two abstract paintings on acrylic paper using the same or similar color palettes on each piece. There will be lots of information about technique, acrylic paints and mediums and tools. We will then discover the many possibilities of mark making using stencils, stamps and some unusual and handmade tools. During the second stage we will discover the hidden abstract shapes of common florals we find in nature. Accent them and using the process of highlighting the negative space around them, make them pop on our paintings.
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