Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recycled Aluminum Earrings

In celebration of Fair Trade Week a Kenyan artist came and taught a class on making earrings out of aluminum cans. By cutting and tapping the metal with different shapes I attempted to create a Lake Champlain landscape. 

Maybe a little to ambitious for my first try.  

Sometimes you forget how fun it is to do something for no reason other than just because you want to.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Oil painting class this morning involved making our own black, creating a grayscale with it and painting a ball. I used alizarin crimson and phthalo green. There was several light sources, including overhead fluorescents and open windows that I tried to take into account, but never noticed the shadows from the blinds until I took a photograph.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Work in Progress: Fused Glass Bowls

The first step is to bake them in the kiln so they are flat.

Today I spent some time trimming the edges with a tile saw and grinding down the edges so they are smooth. I have a little more work to do on the first bowl, but the mountains is waiting to be slumped in a cone bowl mold. 

Below are images of the bowls before I cleaned up the edges and before they are slumped.

Unique features include on purpose bubble creation, color bar (down the center) and foliage imprints (with powered glass and leaves/petals).

Your typical strip bowl.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Impasto Progress

Basically "thick painting". I used a palette knife and impasto medium to paint produce.

Not a bad start to a Monday.

Cucurbita pepo
oil paint and impasto medium
7"w x 5"h

Citrus paradisi
oil paint and impasto medium
5"w x 5"h

workspace and grapefruit studies.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Glazing Medium, Before and After

I'm taking an oil painting class on Monday morning. We work in water-soluble oils. Being that I never work in oil paint for real, I have a lot of technical aspects to learn.

This morning we used a glazing medium. Starting with an acrylic painting in grey tones, we "watered" down the oil paints to a wash consistency and gave the painting a wash of color. The thin oil paint tinted the already shadowed areas and gave it depth without all the work.

(acrylic grey tones)

(finished oil painting)