Working on my paintings during Covid was really no different than any other time for me as I am always in my studio and am on my own anyway. But around the first of June I wanted a change to move more into the abstract world of painting. I have since taken some very wise advice given by my critique leader to try working within a margin of white on paper and to create intuitively with my paint and materials. No judgment about the outcome. Here is one of my works. I see it as a story. You can give it your own story. I'm calling it "Entering Repentance".
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Come meet member artist Barbara Wachter at our 25th Anniversary Celebration this Fall!
My process is oil on linen or canvas. I purchase the substrate with 3 applications of gesso and I follow with 2 or 3 coats of oil gesso. The paint I use is Williamsburg oil or Charvin oil which has several colors that I prefer. I use a warm and a cool of each yellow, red, blue and also white , Payne’s, or purple. I like to paint small studies on location for the landscape paintings and then go to the studio to complete a larger painting. For still life , I use a set up and often use a black box with directional light to enhance the shadows. For figurative , I use the drawings that I do almost daily of people that I draw while I am waiting or just observing people in daily activities. Not of anyone particular , more the the figure in action. I feel painting is a journey , as is life, drawing on the intuitive spiritual gift that happens when immersed in this most grateful, appreciated gift.
-Come meet Andy and other Boz-artists on October 2nd at our 25th Anniversary Celebration at City Space on the Downtown Mall!!
Raven’s Roost, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
Taken on 10/31/2018
F2.8, ISO 3200, 10 secs, 14 mm
I went up to Raven’s Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway for sunset on Halloween hoping that the holiday would mean less of a crowd. There were a number of photographers there thinking the same thing, but they all left shortly after sunset after they all took the same picture from the same angle.
Once I had the place to myself, I set up my tripod and started shooting from other angles. The outline of the tree against the clouds was nice, but I wanted more. My sister had given me battery powered tea lights (inside joke) and I had thrown a few into my camera bag without much thought. An idea struck me and I took two and set them on the branches behind the tree. The wind blew them off almost instantly so I found 2 small Band-Aids in my bag and used them to secure the lights to the tree. The result was this photograph.
I decided to sign up for an online painting class with Kelli Folsom that brings it close to home. And I’m happily painting in my studio where I see no other souls. Easy to distance.
So, these are my first two efforts done over the course of just 4-6 hours over two or three days. Used to take me weeks to finish an oil painting. They are 11 x 14 on canvas.
The results are “student works” which I would love to have a conversation about with members in terms of exhibiting.
Come join us for our 25th anniversary celebration and meet artist Randy Baskerville!
During the corona virus confinement, I have been putting on canvas some of the feelings that have arisen in me from the ominous to the hopeful. These works in oil paints are mostly on large canvases using the palette knife or big brushes. I have found making art at this time to be both cathartic and meditative. Just the act of painting helps me focus my swirling thoughts on the present moment. My hope is to give voice to the many emotional layers we are all experiencing. I first do a quick sketch from a partially conceived idea, then let my unconscious flow where it takes me.
Carol Barber's work is about process and discovery mixing painting, drawing and collage on paper and canvas. She recieved her B.F.A. from James Madison University and a M.F.A. from Radford University. Her work is in collections across the United States and is featured on four Chestnut Oak Vineyard of Barboursville, VA wine labels.
“My intuitive way of working has always given my mind freedom but now I want some of my mark making and movements to be more free also. My current work is focusing on gesture and I am finding it to be an emotional experience. I hope that you will join me in September, 2020 for a solo show at New City Art’s Welcome Gallery that will debut this new work.” - Carol Barber New city Arts is located on the Charlottesville Downtown mall at 114 3rd Street NE.
This small painting (acrylic on canvas) was enjoyable to paint. I set out to have fun, having in mind only the colors I wanted to use and a few ideas about shapes and placement. It came together easily. It was so much fun, I had to discipline myself to stop!