There Are Angels

There Are Angels
Colored Pencil Drawing

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My Facebook page

I have a Facebook page for my art, C.S.Originals. Check it out.
This is a practice project

Kimono

This is my most recent, post surgery, project,still in the works. Its a kimono,pieced/appliqued. Not yet finished or quilted. I'm going to faux quilt it by stitching it but not using any batting since that will make it too heavy.It will also be lined. Here's the front, back and sleeves. I have a Facebook page where most of my art is, C.S. Originals, check it out

Been a Long time . . .

It's been a long time since I posted here and so much has happened. I'm still quilting and designing. I've lost elderly pets and gained new ones to fill in the holes. Currently I have 10 cats, 2 dogs, all shelter rescues. The biggest thing of late is that back in September I was diagnosed with appendix cancer which is rare. I have what is called the mother of all surgeries, there were 5 procedures done. I didn't have to have chemo, yet, and don't plan to. Recovery from this horrid event took a full 3 months, I finally got my energy back and am actively quitting and designing again. Anyway, today I have my first CT scan following the surgery. It's to see if any tumors remain. The appendix cancer causes mucinous tumors and the one I had was huge, nearly the size of a soccer ball, it had ruptured and spilled the mucin, a jelly like substance, into my gut. St surgery I lost 30 lbs in about a week,I've gained about 5 lbs back but don't want to gain anymore. I've r ad that follow us scans ar done every so often, 3 months, 6 months and a year in additoin I blood tests. My last tests were really good so I'm hoping for th same or better this time. I mentioned my pets are shelter rescues, for a few months, before the surgery and it's associated stuff, I volunteered at my local animal shelter. It was fun, I worked with cats. I've had cats for over 40 years so I know them well. I'd like to get back to volunteering with them again, once spring hits and I can get there again.

Friday, August 21, 2015

A 40 Year Project

This painting was started in about 1986 and finished today in 2015. It's in colored pencil, prismacolor and Polychromos brands. It's on paper and is 18" x 24", quite large for a colored pencil piece. I found it, half finished, buried in a stack of older works, while I was looking for something else, which I have yet to find. I've always said I've been doing colored pencil since the 1980s and this proves it. You can check out newer pieces on my facebook page C S originals. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Test Run, Fluid Acrylic Paints

I'd read about fluid acrylic paints in several sources so I decided to try them. I also had this book called Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley ( don't have a picture of the book). I decided to combine the two into a short series of paintings on paper.
The fluid acrrylics, Golden brand is what I found although there are several brands, combined them with fluid craft acrylic paints to produce these paintings. The golden brand fluid acrylics are intensely pigmented and pourable. The craft acrylics work well although they are not the quality of the artist fluid acrylics, although both are pourable. So other than pigmentation and price, the fluid acrylic paints are similar to craft acrylics in consistency and either can be used together. According to what I read in the book,I should paint in layers with no pre-made plan or sketch, letting the painting suggest where to go next. So I did just that.I painted warm colors on paper first, letting that layer dry completely, then added washes of cool colors in a random fashion. I continued in this mannet I r, allowing the colors to build. I even closed my eyes, directed the brush to the paper & painted some strokes. Suprisingly, I actually hit the paper! Anyway these are the results of that trial. These 3 paintings on paper are the result. There are also close up views of a painting so you can see the layer
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

A Recent Interview

A recent interview I did a few months ago was published online at http://creativeroom4talk.com/cathy-sparks/. It's a real honor to think someone thought my work was worthy of actual publication, check it out. They have lots of other interesting pieces as well.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Judicious Use of Black in Painting

Black is not actually a color, but it the absence of any color. However "black" is color used in painting as a dark tone. It can indicate darkened
or shaded areas of the painting. It can be the actual color of an object, for example a black cat or a black umbrella. Black can be cool, warm or neutral
in tone. Many artists prefer to mix their own black from a dark blue  plus dark brown, Prussian blue and burnt umber are popular colors used to make black.
the most common black paint in the art world is lamp black which comes in a tube, jar or pan, depending on the medium the artist is using.

There are several ways to successfully add black to a painting. Layering is one of the best ways to "build" a black or dark area of a
painting. Paint in washes or glazes first, then add glazes of color, alternating with the black for the first few layers, finishing with the
color of the object.  Another method of adding black to shaded areas is to add thin lines of black against the edge of the underlying object,
then dilute the lines to gradually fade it out to nothing. This is shown in the photo below, on the left with the leaves.

Keep in mind that there is a thing such as too much black. It can turn a painting into a disaster. Less is more  when using black. Black is a staining color
which cannot be completely lifted to reveal the original color. Many times it must painted over, with many coats, to return the original color.

The best way to determine the placement of black tones in a painting is to really study the subject for light and dark areas and plan
 the painting around that. Many artists make sketches showing light and dark areas before beginning to paint. Planning a painting this
way will help adding the dark and light areas to appear naturally in the finished painting.