Sharing some things today that really excited me at the moment. i have this ebb & flow of things that interest me, never one to sit still for long. i say ebb & flow for i may come back to it (whatever IT is) or it may have just been a fleeting moment and i realized, "you know i'm really not into it." Hence the "right now" at the end to blog post title.
Abstract Class. I've been taking classes at the Art Student League of Denver. Over the summer i took some sampler classes to get my feet wet (Drawing & Watercolor). The fall catalog came out over the summer and the moment i saw this class description and teacher, i knew i was taking the class. In fact i signed up that day for the Nature of Abstract with Michael Gadlin. I am in love with this class. It is pushing me out of my comfort zone, challenging me to lose myself in art, making me look at art in differnt ways, and helping me grow. The above painting exercise was from this week's class and i cannot wait to dive into the homework he assigned us. Who says that about homework? ok so maybe i am the nerdy type that kind of loves an assignment. But what makes this even better is i am freaked out yet still willing and wanting to do it.
NeoColorII & NeoPastels. i have loved them for years but there are certain times i pull them out more than others. i usually have them tucked in a draw and sometimes tend to forget about them. this is one of those times they are constantly sitting on my desk and i find myself reaching for them. I probably reach for the NeoColorII more than the pastels but have been pushing myself to dive into them as well. Note: the acrylic ink is making it's way on to this list very quickly.
Carved Stamps: This may be redundant since i posted this photo early this week but if you haven't guessed, i'm into carving my own stamps lately. it's all i can think about. i just want to drop everything and carve. I have a confession, i carved so much my blade is dull. it's so dull that i have made a mess of some stamps i started. i don't have any back up blades so i am waiting on my order to arrive along with some more speedy carve blocks. it's making me a bit moody to wait but i guess that gives me time to draw out some more designs.
Compressed Charcoal. I am seeing the beauty in this medium. it's making me take a hard look at value and what i am trying to say. i admit i love having my fingertips black from blending it. i am using it in different ways than i every have before and feeling uncomfortable. i have to say that excites me. i am really digging being uncomfortable in art. it's my new addiction. i have been doing little thumbnails of nothingness to see what crops up. totally fun.
Uncomfortable Colors. that's mostly purple for me right now. i use lots of color in my work but i am trying to use more colors i am uncomfortable with using. That seems to be the theme of todays post (told you i'm addicted). i really do want to push myself. i have been doing a good job of keeping up my daily habit of journaling. i think it's easy for me to explore color here. it's my safe zone. i have to admit, i am actually enjoying purple more than i knew i ever could.
what art things are you into right now?