Where is the fun? Are you a person that thinks “Finding the Fun at an Art Gallery” is an Oxymoron?  Would you rather scrape paint off of siding rather than spend an hour in an art muesum?  I completely understand because I would not want to give up my comfortable seat in front of my favorite TV show to venture into an art galleries unless I had my own watercolor paintings hanging on the wall.  As much as I love to see the variety of artwork, I feel intimidated  by the gaze of a gallery attendent who knows I probably could not purchase anything other than a note card.   Why Try? I feel bad that I am reluctant to go to galleries because as an artist, I am more interested in showing my watercolor paintings than selling them.  I don’t make art to be hidden away, I make art to unleash childlike wonder, stimulate curiousity, trigger a memory or spark joy in the Beholder.  So how do I convince you that visiting an art gallery is worth moving past your fears and finding the fun. Cheap source of entertainment: Generally art galleries are free.  You can see thousands of dollars

Is There a Difference In my first watercolor class the instructor placed before us a cloth lined table with an orchid in a vase, a few other objects and told us to paint.  I have to admit, that was a little overwhelming.  I hadn’t even learned how to use watercolor at that point and wasn’t sure on how to approach this set of items in a drawing.  This was my first exposure to still life painting. Still Life The instructor had laid before us a still life composition to use to study shapes and colors.  The still life had no meaning to me or anyone, so there was no emotional connection to this grouping.  Grouping objects together and taking them out of context allowed us as artists to introduce our own interpretation to create a mood or emotion.  As the artist I provide the interpretation and the objects speak for themselves without reflecting on the owner.  The Beholder further interprets the artwork through their own experience and becomes a co-creator in the process in the finished piece.   One of my examples of a still life is the “Daisy and Teapot” painting. I used a few items that I was fond

Starting Point I am working on Creative Workbench Encaustic Wax Pans.  This new Creative Workbench features an encaustic artist painting bench.  If you are not familiar with encaustic paintings, they are paintings made with hot colored blend of beeswax.  The wax is painted or dripped onto the surface and built up in layers.  It is a fascinating medium provided intriguing results.  The artist workbench is from Shary Bartlett, and she graciously is allowing me to use her reference photo.   Underpainting In order to preserve the white or light highlights on the pans, I put mastic fluid everywhere that should remain white.  That shows up on the image as a teal blue tint.  Once that was dried, I used a neutral tint paint to define the areas of shadow.  This underpainting will help the color appear darker and create contrast. Glazing With the underpainting in place, it was time to add color.  I started by adding thin layers of color, this would still be considered light values.  Later I will move into mid-tone values, but you will have to check later to see how this project progress.  I will add new images of the progress over time. Midway I am about