Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Break

I'm so glad it's almost spring break. I'm going to go to Florida with my roommates, and can not wait. I'm hoping to get some pictures done down there. I'm taking watercolors and pastels. I think bringing paintings home really helps me to remember the trip, and painting really helps me to relax. I can't wait.It is a well needed break.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I started my painting and it has been going pretty well so far. I'm having a little bit of trouble using different styles, and having the two styles come together. Hopefully it will come together better with some more work. Mid-terms have gotten in the way and kept me from working on it for a day. I would choose painting over studying any day. It will be nice to be able to work on this piece after my mid-term is over with, painting is so much more fun.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Mala Iqbal

While I was looking at works by artists we talked about in class I came across Mala Iqbal, who I really liked. I think that the contrast between the blurry spray paint looking lines and the sharp crisp lines of some of the subjects is a really interesting idea. I also really liked her color palette, and bringing the bright colors into landscape painting. I love painting landscapes, they are definitely my favorite, and there has always been something about landscapes that has really interested me. By looking at Mala Iqbal, I am able to see landscape paintings in a new way, which is really exciting. Even though some landscape paintings can be mundane and boring, she makes them bright, interesting and beautiful. I think that since so many landscapes have been painted in the same way, it is important to branch out and bring another element into the painting. I will definitely keep her in mind the next time I go to paint a landscape. Here’s her website-

Sunday, March 4, 2007

I am really excited about the painting project we are working on now. I'm actually taking a geology class, which I thought wouldn't be so exciting, but I've been able to use some of that information in the painting I'm working on now. The rock formations really interest me,and their amazing colors and textures. I want to incorporate those colors and textures into my painting, but having no experience in painting that type of subject I'm just trying to experiment with the paint and glazes to see the colors and textures I can achieve. I'm trying to bring together the glazes and brush strokes in order to achieve a rocky textured look. I'm not there yet, but I'm hoping with a few more glazes the rocks will begin to look like actual rock formations from out west. I think the formations and colors overall in the west are really beautiful, and want to work with them a lot more.