New Year—New Colors

 

Gazing
Gazing, 6×8″ acrylic

Pantone Inc. is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries, primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics. Annually, Pantone declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. Fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies look to Pantone to help guide their designs and planning for future products. Pantone has said that color “has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times.”

Pantone has chosen two colors for 2016, Serenity, muted pale blue, and Rose Quartz, a pale pink. A challenge was put forth on Daily Paintworks to create a piece or art using those colors. This is my answer to the challenge.

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/andrea-jeris/gazing/438373

I Can’t Even Draw A Straight Line

People admiring art sometimes tell the artist, “Wow, you’re good, I can’t even draw a straight line.”

Here are my straight lines. Left hand; right hand.

lines

There are no straight lines in nature. Humans make straight line usually with the help of a ruler or some sort of straight edge. In my previous blog you can see my preliminary drawing where I used a ruler to draw in the building. I do not use mechanical aids when I paint.

I could use a mahl stick which many artists use to keep their hand off the surface of the painting while doing fine work. Or I could tape it off like the artists did in the 1960s when Pop Art became the vogue and crisp, straight lines were part of the style.

I want my lines to show my hand, to look painterly. I don’t want a mechanical look even on mechanical objects. This is not a photograph. This is paint on canvas or board after all.

So if you can’t draw a straight line, maybe you can push some paint around.

It takes a few layers sometimes. I’m not done yet. Still moving paint.

Cat at Old House, starting to add color.
Cat at Old House, starting to add color.
another layer
Adding more layers; do I want branches in the upper left corner?

More decisions to make. I’ll keep painting ’til I’m happy.

How Far Can You Throw a Painting?

acrylic painting
Beach or Water

Pretty far it turns out when you paint on a 6×6″ hardboard panel. It’s kind of like a square Frisbee.

Clearly not every painting is a masterpiece, and there is this emotional roller coaster artists go through when painting, (this is good, what am I doing, why did I think I could paint, it’s not so bad, I’m fantastic). Sometimes you just have to wash it off and start over. Sometimes half way through you lose your inspiration or vision of what you wanted. Then what do you do?

Half way through I was going to fling this one out the window. I walked away. Went to do something else. Cleaned up for the day. Washed out my brushes. Did not look at it again until the next day.

As I walked into my studio in the morning I noticed how I liked the contrast. And the composition. The vision was back. The inspiration was back. I went back to work. It’s not a masterpiece but I am happy. And that’s what I am looking for.

“Beach or Water”, acrylic on Gessobord panel 5×7″ unframed, is available by for $50 http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/andrea-jeris/relaxing-either-way/394477

Workin’ It—Continued 2

acrylic painting in progress
painting 4

More work on the bottles. More work on the background. Back and forth. Keeping it balanced. Darken the darks. Lighten the lights. Add the reflections. Ooh that pops!

The more I look, the more I see. I can put in too much. Wipe it out and keep it simple in one area. Add some detail in another. I don’t want to get tight. I don’t want to get photographic. I’m finding more and more value in scraping out areas and repainting. I usually say right after I scrape it out, “Oh, I shouldn’t have done that.” But as I’m painting again it always looks better.

shelf where I look at my art
Wall of contemplation

Now it goes on my wall of contemplation, so in the evening while I’m reading or watching TV I can keep looking up and see it and in those glances I see things that make me happy or that are just not right.

acrylic painting in progress
Painting 5

I thought I was done with this but I see that white beam in the back is bothering me. So more painting is to be done.

To be continued…

Losing My Marbles

SOLD

Yet another cloudy, rainy day and I think I’m going to lose my marbles. What’s an artist to do? PAINT! of course.

I’ve always loved the way light passes through glass, reflects off of glass, makes glass glow, and the way objects reflect in glass.

Hey, I found my marbles. Here are little glass things and they have glass swirling around inside them as well.

Oh! I had to paint them you see. I present you with “Found Marbles”.