Monday, November 23, 2009

Springmaid Beach Watermedia Workshop

Here's me and my good friend, artist Carol Simmons of Arlington, Texas. This was the last evening of our busy and intense week at the Springmaid Beach Watermedia Workshop in Myrtle Beach, SC. We met artists from around the US and Canada. Carol and I were both enrolled in John Salminen's workshop, "From Abstraction to Realism Through Design." We both knew that John is a realistic painter, and we were quite surprised and challenged to realize that we would actually be painting abstracts. However, John stressed design concepts and the workshop filled a large void that I have been feeling in my painting. It was wonderful to be able to spend quality, artistic time with my best artistic buddy, Carol.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Swamp Grass

Watercolor, Acrylic Inks - 15"x22"

I love the abstract qualities of the outdoors. I came across these grasses in the swamp of the CawCaw Interpretive Center, a place Frank and I frequent. I experimented with acrylic inks for the grass blades, and the painted the water background and foreground in watercolor. This was such a relaxing scene to paint.