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Woven and a Striped Background

I painted a background on which to mount the second woven painting. I did these for fun but I’m thinking if I ever had a little exhibit I’d frame and show them. They are a bit irregular which bothers my OCD but it is what it is. 

The stripes got lost because this is woven pretty tightly–no space to show the colors throughout. Next time I’ll leave some space. And I have some extra for the next venture. 

Mosaic

These are the edges of the woven piece from yesterday. Not exactly a grid because they are all different sizes but I may try doing a Kerfe style grid with even squares. There is something about this I like. I like how the colors work together and how it moves from the blues to the pinky oranges. 

Woven 2

This time I cut a painting on the paper cutter inadvertently leaving the first strip attached at the edge. This kept the original image somewhat together. 

It also made it easier to weave and to get a tighter weave. Here it is finished. 

I stuck the little squares I cut off down the sides. It’s not glued down though. I did glue down the first one on black painted watercolor paper. 

Here’s a closeup of the second one. This was the abstract I posted last week. 

I am thinking of doing some very small weavings for my greeting card supply. 

Woven

The abstract from the other day: I cut it into strips and wove it. It reminded me of those loopy pot holders we used to make on the little metal frame. Those were fun! Anyone out there remember making pot holders for their mothers?

This was a good way to improve an ugly painting and I kind of like it. Here’s a closeup with it on black paper. 

Also a close up on white. The black is better I think. 

Evolution of a Hot Mess

Sometimes a painting just doesn’t work out. This is one of those times. 

It started out innocently enough. Easter egg colors and and abstract composition, nothing wrong with that. 

It seemed bland and it needed contrast so I started messing with it. 

Maybe a little better but just not right. Did a black and white filter on it: pretty awful. 

Oh well. Not every painting has to be a masterpiece. Featured image is the finished one; I added big swaths of black but that didn’t really help either. An example of the process, folks!

Crazy Dancing Girl

When Kerfe was over I showed her my art room. There’s a big pile of paintings on a little table where I toss them. I pulled this one out randomly (it was done a long time ago) and Kerfe said I’d never posted it. So I am, today. Pretty large, gouache resist, don’t remember when I painted it exactly. 

Kerfe visits New Jersey!

It was a lovely spring day yesterday and Kerfe took the train in from the city to take me out for my birthday and see a show at the Montclair Museum. 

That photo is me and Kerfe looking at some paintings. They didn’t allow photos of the Matisse show. One of my favorites was an Andy Warhol. I tried doing a drawing and am including an image from the internet. 

The show was about artists influenced by Matisse. There was a wonderful Rothko, a Frankenthaler, Motherwell, all with a nod to the great Henri Matisse. Very inspiring!

Kerfe gave me a beautiful gift. 

An Aries pendant with my birthstone, a diamond!  My new signature piece of jewelry. Thank you Kerfe!

Abstract (splashing paint around)

I haven’t been painting enough. This piece started with three main globs of color and went on from there. Shout out to Davisbrotherlylove whose abstracts inspire me a lot, although his are well thought out and considered while this one is pretty much a mess. Still, it’s a start and I will do some more like this. 

Excited that Kerfe is taking the train to see me today for my birthday (next week). I will show her around and we will go to the Matisse show at the Montclair Museum. I’m trying to decide where to go for lunch. We have 120 restaurants here so it’s hard to decide. I will post our adventures later. 

Spring Flowers

iPad drawing app. Just a little vase of flowers. It’s my anniversary today: 36 years married. (Kerfe was at my wedding). 

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

Another bridge just because I love bridges. This was from a NY Times article about President Trump’s pledge to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure. Then he slashed the Dept of Transportation’s budget by 13%. 

Let’s hope some of these bridges don’t collapse into the water. 

Here’s the photo. I really love the perspective of this. I messed up the water with scotch tape somehow.