|"Daisy Dear" (Watercolor -- 6.5" x 8.5"), C. Eastwood © 2016|
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
|"Afternoon Delight" (Watercolor -- 8x10) © C. Eastwood, 2016|
I am delighted to say that the surprise factor was a success and the new painting went off this afternoon to live at its new home. I love participating in this kind of thing. It's really fun to see the joy on the faces of both the giver and the recipient. Yay!!!
Monday, May 30, 2016
|"Mau Loa" (Forever) (Watercolor, 8" x 10") © C. Eastwood 2016|
I was in the midst of trying some new techniques, which had just really started to fall into place, when the hiatus hit. So incredibly frustrating and, once everything was unpacked again, frightening. What if I couldn't remember what I was doing??? What if I'd forgotten how to paint??? What if I ruined what I'd already done??? It's amazing the places your head can go and the level of anxiety those trips can produce.
One of the new techniques was to have escaped edges (my terminology) where part of the images escape the edges of the the boundary created by the painting. I'm sure there's a proper term for this -- I just don't happen to know what it is, nor am I curious enough to research it. I'm happy with the results and will probably do this again on some future paintings when the subject matter lends itself to this technique.
But I'm happy to report that I was able to complete the work and it is already off to it's new home.
Time to start a new painting!
Sunday, September 27, 2015
|"Speak No Evil" (Acrylic Mixed Media, 12" x 12") C. Eastwood, © 2015|
Small words, once uttered, are out there, and they grow. As the painting came into being, and the face emerged, I realized there was no mouth -- thereby giving this painting its name.
So I offer this to you. I hope you enjoy it.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
|"A Rose is a Rose" (Watercolor, 8"x10") C. Eastwood, © 2015|
....And here it is...matted, framed, and at it's new home. It's always fun to see the work when someone has purchased it and found a place for it in their hearts!
Monday, August 17, 2015
|"Make Lemonade" (Acrylic Mixed Media, 8'x10' canvas panel) C. Eastwood © 2015|
Thursday, July 16, 2015
|"Hamlet and Friends -- Cow" (Acrylic Mixed Media), C. Eastwood © 2015|
|"Hamlet and Friends -- Duck" (Acrylic Mixed Media), C. Eastwood © 2015|
|"Hamlet and Friends -- Pig" (Acrylic Mixed Media, C. Eastwood © 2015|
I offered to paint a picture for the kitchen wall for my son and daughter-in-law. Their condo is done in a neutral palette and they’d been making some noise about kicking it up a bit. As an artist, it was obvious to me that the easiest way was to use art work to bring some serious color splashes into the area. I’d seen a picture of a very colorful cow in a magazine and asked Jenn if she was interested in something like that. Embracing the idea of an oddly colored cow, her marvelous sense of humor took flight, and suddenly the project became a tongue-in-cheek tribute to beef, poultry, and pork.
I will admit to being a bit nonplussed by the idea of painting a triptych based on “cow, duck, and pig.” But hey – why not! They gave me total artistic control (woo-hoo!), and then it just snowballed out of control. I decided that it would be fun to surprise them and make it a mixed media grouping because I really wanted to give a nod to Jenn’s profession as an English teacher. And how better than to collage pages from “Hamlet” into the paintings! And from there it was a logical leap that the pig would be “Hamlet” and the others his friends.
Of course, by the time I’d finished the cow, I was second- and third-guessing myself. This was a seriously different style and I wasn’t sure that my brilliant idea was actually any good. I had these horrifying visions of them smiling through gritted teeth every time they looked at these “weird” paintings, but living with them rather than hurting my feelings That wouldn’t do, so I gave up my cloak of secrecy and showed them the first painting with the demand that they be honest. I actually tried to convince them that I should do the paintings in a different style. But no, they liked it. Were they sure? Absolutely. So at that point, I showed them the collaged pages from “Hamlet” that would be visible under the heart on each painting, and they were thrilled.
Okay….one duck and one pig coming up!
The biggest goal (and the largest challenge) was to move away from traditional colors. That’s easier said than done—at least for me. But it was freeing, once I got past the oddity of it all. I wanted to be sure that each painting was slightly different in the colors, but that there was still a sense of unity and that they looked like they belonged together.
So that is the story behind this triptych. I’m glad they like them. It definitely adds color. Now we just have to explain to my grandson that cows and ducks and pigs don’t really look like that!