Friday, August 21, 2015
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
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.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
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
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.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
So I had my first ever solo art quilt show last night. It was part of the art walk sponsored by the local art league. Over all, it went well. I was set up in the office of a local lawyer who lets them use his space on a regular basis . I had a total of 22 quilts, raining from 8x11 journal quilts to a 72" square quilt. I borrowed some racks from my quilt guild to hang the larger pieces and pinned the smaller ones to a hinged display/layout foam core board I use. There were about 50 or so people that came by to see the show, some were fellow quikters, some fellow art league members and the general public. You must understand I live in a small town where, up until last sipummer when the art league began the art walks, downtown was dead, there was traffic moving thought but there was nothing to bring a person to downtown, it is primarily lawyers offices and banks along with the courthouse and an antique mall.
Anyway, I received many positive comments on the art, one young guy said I'd taken art to a new level. I consider that a real compliment. The comments I got served as validation that my art is acceptable to the public. That may me feel pretty good, even though the show was only 3 hours long and I didn't sell anything, it turned out to be a good show overall. Will I do another? Probably not, at least I don't plan to. It's a lot of work for such a short time. My husband helped set it up & take it down. Otherwise I'd never have gotten it hung on my own. Here are some of the pieces I had in the show. I've decided from now on I'll only show them online, here or on my facebook page, CSOriginals. At least it's easier to post on line than hang a physical show. Enjoy.
Friday, April 10, 2015
I'm finally having a public exhibit if my art quilts! Friday, April 17,2015 from 5-8 pm, I'm the last on the list. I took a few art quilts to my art league meeting just to provide I did indeed make them, I'd kept saying I did so I thought I'd prove it. Anyway, the president of the art league said I needed to do a show, so here it is, next Friday. It was originally slated for February but that art walk got canceled because of bad weather. Let's hope the weather cooperates this time. It is storm season in central KY.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I learned a trick to revive markers that are dried out, especially those expensive ones. This works on alcohol based markers, haven't tried watercolor markers yet. Anyway, pull out the nib of the marker with tweezers, take rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol or maybe even vodka might work, using an eye dropper, syringe or pipette, drop a few drops of alcohol into the hole of the marker where the nib goes. Replace the nib, and shake. You may have to wait a little while for the alcohol to soak in. I let mine sit overnight. When I tired it the next day I had a marker that worked again. Can't say this works for all kinds, I have Copic and Prismacolor markers, but it works for these. It beats buying another $8.00 marker. Some of these higher end markers also have ink refills available. This is just a short cut to refresh a dried out marker. Eventually you will have to refill it with ink. :)
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Okay, the test post went through successfully. So here goes one with a photo to test that feature. This is a hand painted silk quilt called The Elements of Nature. I will have this and about 20 others displayed in my first solo quilt show! it will be Friday evening, 5 pm - 8 pm on April 17, 2015 in Nicholasville, just a short drive south from Lexington, the show is part of the April Art Walk sponsored by the local art league every other month. I will be set up in Adam Zerooigians law office across the street from the courthouse. If you happen to be in the Lexington Ky area that evening, for the Keeneland races maybe, stop by & see the whole show,
I've also got an article coming up on a new art website called Creativeroom4talk.com. I'll let you know when it's up.
Had to use a new app for the IPad blogger. The old one threw an error and refused to allow me to post anything. So here goes. This is only a test post to see if it works. Please understand that I have to learn how to use this app yet, so if the post looks strange, you know I'm still learning it.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Theoretically, when painting on silk, the stretched silk should lay flat to prevent the paints or dyes from running down the silk. Most of the time the frame is suspended between 2 saw horses or laid on a table. There is another way to do this. I use a watercolor easel which tilts to lay flat. The advantage of this is that, once the painting is finished, simply fold up the easel & put it away till next time. This is a real plus if you are cramped for painting space. The easel has brackets to hold the frame, whether it be wooden canvas stretchers or PVC pipe. The tilt will adjust from flat to upright for in between painting times, then back to flat to paint. On many models the height also adjusts. I have also found these easels are less expensive than regular studio easels & take up less space in general. Here are some examples.