Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Acrylic Painting, Carol Barber, Rise from the Swamp

acyrlic painting, expressive narrative
I really enjoyed doing this painting. I love layering paint. And discovering the narrative after I begin the painting instead of having a plan beforehand. For me, I'm not sure if the end result is as satisfying as the process.
This piece started with a color exercise that I tried to scrape off the canvas. I like making something when the options are somewhat limited. It is kind of like cooking, I think I do my best when there are only three ingredients in the house and I have to improvise. Maybe I should get other artist's cast off canvases and make my masterpieces.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Carol Barber, New Acrylic Painting, Mediums

This painting went through an interesting transformation from which to learn. I think I like the face less because it got tighter but I like the flower area so much more. I like the expressive strokes. I was trying to use mediums to thin the acrylics instead of too much water to get quick layering of bigger areas of color. It has more of the depth I am looking for. Adding more blue also helped set off all of the warm colors.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Workshop, Carol Barber, Acrylic Painting

I took a week long workshop last week and my confidence is shaken. I feel now, I am ready to fly but I don't have wings at all. I finally completed this painting out of frustration and anger that I couldn't paint anymore. And I think it turned out pretty well. I want to work on forms. Make not only the color and marks show the feeling or thought but the forms themselves.