Can you be a daily painter while working a full-time job?
We’re about to find out.
I’ve just joined Leslie Saeta’s 30 In 30 January 2014 Painting Challenge!
Opening at $35 In My DPW Gallery - Bid: Here
So far, so good
Maybe like me, you’ve had a busy year. My year has been busy, hamster-treadmill, busy.
Last Sunday, when the first candle of Advent was lit, more than ever, I found myself feeling its allure to slow down and reflect. Something I used to do continually, something I hardly do at all anymore. I miss it.
As I’m experiencing the need to clean my inner room and prepare on all levels, this will be my last post until after the New Year. I anticipate announcing some changes and new directions early 2014.
For anyone looking for a Holiday Project, here is one, lost in the archives from Dec. 17, 2010. Christmas Poinsettia. It is in watercolor and shows sucessive steps of negative painting. A wonderful process of mostly layered background painting , until as if by magic, the subject appears. Would be interesting to see it in alcohol inks
Thanks to all for following this blog. I appreciate you. Wishing all the best this Holiday Season and the coming New Year.
In my new book, Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Quick Reference Guide, I mention the importance of using Elements & Principles of Design to create more compelling Dreamscapes. This blog series is providing more examples and applies to any medium and art in general. This post is on using two design elements,
SIZE is relative and self-explanatory. As already mentioned in Part 2: Space, larger areas/shapes give illusion of nearness and smaller areas/shapes, distance as shown in Dreamscape No. 278 shown below:
See online, Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping, step-by-step tutorial for Dreamscpae No. 278, plus, two others. One is free: June Rollins’s DPW Tutorials
In addition to size, SHAPE can also be described as:
Geometric - I love how Jackie has used tiny, geometric shapes for these alcohol ink creations. See more of Jackie’s incredible mosaic work: Jax Mosaics
Organic – Kathy’s painting, Copper Skies, is a wonderful arrangement of energetic, organic shapes.
Positive – Deb skillfully arranges positive shapes to create a pleasing, traditional composition.
Negative – Linda has created by lifting and painting around the positive shapes, having the negative, darker valued shapes define the subject.
Sharp & Defined – Ginnie uses a variety of sharp edged shapes to create and define her composition. See more of Ginnie’s work or consider enrolling in her next workshop: Ginnie Conaway Art
Soft & Suggestive – In her Mono-print, Guardian Angel, Patricia’s creative use of soft, suggestive shapes, support her theme and serve to transport the viewer.
It’s important to consider the type and arrangement of shapes we use in our art. They can contribute, or detract, in delivering our intended message to the viewer.
In summary, shapes vary in size and can be:
Geometric Or Organic
Positive Or Negative
Sharp & Defined Or Soft & Suggestive
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In my new book, Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Quick Reference Guide, I mention the importance of using Elements & Principles of Design to create more compelling Dreamscapes. This blog series is providing more detail and examples. This post is on using the design element, space.
If you’ve ever wondered how to create depth and distance in your art, specifically, landscapes/dreamscapes,
You were wondering how to create…
(click on above link to see excellent, simplified illustrations of space by M.C. Gillis).
Following Are Examples Of Creating Space By AIA Members:
Small moon in a mid-tone shape with foreground repeat, abstracted shapes all work together on subtle textured surface giving the illusion of distance. © Billie Crain. See what Billie used to achieve this interesting texture on her Blog.
Filling the frame with color saturated subject gives illusion of nearness. © Donna Pierce Clark. See more of Donna’s work on her Blog
Large, overlapping shapes, texture, darker values and hard edges also creates nearness. Soft edges and lighter values give illusion of atmospheric distance. © Connye Corey
Three distinct planes: foreground, mid-ground and background defined by color and value, plus, overlapping evergreens, clouds and moon create sense of depth. © Cindy Howe. See more of Cindy’s work in her Etsy Shop
Subject painted large and extending outside the frame gives illusion of nearness. Lighter-valued, texture gives illusion of distance. © Catherine Jones Warren, Shabby Cat’s Studio
All are encouraged to post alcohol ink art depicting the illusion of space in Alcohol Ink Art Facebook Group. Now, 1,341 Members !
Here, I want to go into more detail by posting a series on using the
Direction is the course a line/shape follows.
Dreamscapes 495 and 496 were created with the same ink colors on a vertical format, but have a totally different feel due to DIRECTION.
Dreamscape No. 495 has a dominance of a horizontal/diagonal direction in lines and shapes.
Dreamscape No. 496 has a dominance of a vertical direction in lines and shapes.
Tip: Experiment using a vertical format as shown above. Aim for a dominance of either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. Equal amounts of the varying directions in one painting can cause a disjointed feeling of chaos or unrest. This can make the viewer feel uncomfortable. By having a dominance of one of the directions, you’ve created the foundation for a stronger, more compelling composition and design. It’s that simple.
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