Thursday, August 8, 2013

I am recording some of my travels in of my favorite things to do - especially when sitting in an airport. Sometimes I wonder if I am a painter or a stitcher, but I guess it doesn't matter. Painting is something I do that requires movement and thought. Stitching is something I do without thinking when I am sitting for long periods of time. That makes a good balance for me!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Painting stories

I have been mentally adding stories to my characters as I paint them. They each have an unexpected story that is evolving.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

More about learning to draw subtle facial features

A few weeks ago I posted about my experience, as a Westerner, trying to draw the subtleties of Chinese faces. Here is another example of the apparent same difficulty that the Chinese have. We went to a huge and comprehensive Andy Warhol exhibition in Shanghai. In the children's classroom they were given coloring book style pages on which to color their version of Andy Warhol. I think the coloring book template of ole' Andy looks very Chinese!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Paper and paint

I really like what is going on here. This sketch is about 10" square. I am picturing this as a painting on a 48" square panel.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sketchbook/Journal pages

I have been fiddling with a sinus infection since March! So my nose was very much on my mind this week.  Don went to the Doc with me...another new Shanghai experience.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quilt in progress

In addition painting, I am working on a quilt made mostly from scraps I was given or bought from the corner sewing ladies. Most every corner, here in Shanghai, has a shop where you can get pants hemmed, sewing repairs made or your favorite clothes copied. The women (although I have seen one man sewer) use traditional food treadle machines - no electricity and no digital! I do not have my machine with me, so I am hand-piecing, which I love.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Paintings in progress

Working on layering and underpainting. Looking at the work of Marlene Dumas and Maja Ruznic. I like the idea of my work looking a little creepy, but also want the viewer to identify with or like the character in the painting. Using color well is always a part of my process. I have a love/hate relationship with color, or maybe it has one with me!