One of my abstracts from my class

One of my abstracts from my class

 

Well, it’s Halloween time, time to cherish your inner ghoul, you inner freak.  I got creative and decided to use my face as a canvas and smear white gesso and blue and yellow acrylic paint to look like some kind of mime or very pale artist.  I’m wearing all black and blue gloves, so I guess it is some kind of hybrid mime/ghoul/dead artist.  

My abstraction class just ended and here are some of the lessons I learned.  One, you can never have too much color or paint.  I admit, I’ve mixed colors before, but not like this.  I learned so much about color from just a few.  And how much I love orange and green colors.  I will post my paintings up soon.  Second, a board is just a board, but a canvas attached to a board, well now that’s something special.  I’ve never tried that surface before, and it works better than stretcher bars because 1′ plywood won’t ben or warp anytime soon.  I like strong and stable surfaces.  I could see doing more portraits and landscapes this way.  Also, a 24″x24″ size is a good size for me, not too big or small.  Third, though I have many years of art experience behind me, it’s nice to put your ego aside and ask questions from the more experienced teacher.  It was nice going to class, paint with other students, and having the teacher comment during the painting process.  It helped me catch some old habits and correct them.  You’re never too old or too young to attend classes.  I would love to take more workshops in the near future.  Now I have to get ready for some upcoming art shows I will post soon as well.