New original art magnets
Recently, I have created some new art magnets. These miniature works of art (2.5x4.5") are created on wood panels with a magnetic strip on the back. The weight of the magnet is perfect for holding photos and papers to a magnetic surface. They are not only decorative, but functional!
I've been experimenting with new materials and approaches, so these magnets are a glimpse of whats to come... Here they are:
At my new studio, located at the Manheim Gallery in Cottonwood, I'm working on a new abstract -- but not really that abstract -- painting --- but its more of a mixed media painting with charcoal --work of art.
Right now, it is very much in the work in progress stage, but here is the progress so far...
Stage one -- Find inspiration..
A few weeks ago, I visited the area around Sunset Crater (near Flagstaff) in hopes to do a little plein air painting of the lava rocks.
Because I defiantly ignored the weather warnings of 20% rain -- it down poured... soaking any possibility to paint. However, the stormy afternoon opened up into a beautiful stormy sky to photograph. So we sat in the car, keeping dry and eating our snacks, and every so often snapping a few incredible moments of double rainbows....
Smoky stormy clouds...
and Ravens flying through...
Stage two -- start painting
So this past week or so, I couldn't get the image of the raven flying out of my head. Or the colors of that day. So I had an idea, I would paint the landscape from memory. First I would try to remember three colors that stuck out to me.. the grayish blueish sky, the sage green, and the yellow ochre -- then go all Mark Rothko, and plot in the landscape with the three colors...
Stage three - add some charcoal... who doesn't love charcoal and getting messy?
Then, after the background was plotted in, I decided I would draw the raven large in the foreground, using charcoal.. I chose to add a raven flying left to right, similar to a flying raven I took a picture of last summer in my backyard as it was creating a nest.
Stage four -- add color, texture, some more paint, more charcoal...