Monday, December 19, 2011

"River Siren" - New Work

This is my latest work, just put the finishing touches on it today.   The substrate is drafting film.  I do the graphite drawing on one side, then turning the film over, add colored pencil on the back in selected areas. Once finished to my satisfaction, I used a very thin interference violet acrylic paint on the front on the tail and a bit of gold on her ear/fin tip.  I think using the color sparsely,  gives the work an antique look.  I had fun creating the waves in the water and repeating that in her tail and hair.  I've included a few photos of the work as it progressed.  This is the final scanned image, it appears on my website without the watermark.  You can also view the work on my website by clicking on a title, or view all the work from this series together at, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities.


River Siren   © Barbara A. Freeman 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 6"x 9"






Happy Holidays to all my blogger friends!  The Winter Solstice is just around the corner and I know I'll be happy to see the days lengthen!  Happy New Year and I hope YOURS will be filled with wonderful things!!  Thanks for taking the time to read about my work!  

Just a note - I still have work showing locally at Miniature Masterpieces and More, Kaewyn Gallery in Bothell, till January 25th, Lowell Art Works in Everett until January 14th,  and if you are near Washington, D.C., I have work in the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society and that show runs until December 30th.  Opening on January 15th, the MASF show runs until February 5th and I have five miniatures in that show.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Third Place Drawing at MASF for "A Flash of Blue"


A Flash of Blue © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" 

Great news for me!  I received my letter today from MASF, Miniature Art Society of Florida, that all five of my works have been accepted for the 37th Annual International Miniature Art Show!  Not only that, but A Flash of Blue has taken 3rd Place in Drawing!  I sent my very first submissions to MASF back in 2008 and have gotten my work in every year.  This is my first award in this show, so I am thrilled!  It's the largest miniature art show in this country and there are hundreds of entries!  This particular drawing received 1st Place in Drawing in the 2010 Miniature Painter, Sculptors and Gravers Society in Washington D.C. which was an honor!   I guess the judges like this piece.  It makes me happy!

The other four works juried in this show are Early Autumn, From the HighlandsI Got My Eye on You and Through the Portal.  The show opens on January 15th and runs until February 5th, 2012.  I attended the show last year and it was incredible seeing all the tiny masterpieces! If you get a chance to see the show, it is well worth it! For more information on the show and miniature art, visit the MASF website by clicking on their name. 

1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin, FL  Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 10AM-5PM; Sun.: 1-4PM

Thanks again for taking the time to read about my work.

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Lost and Found" - New work and Show at Lowell - "Breasts of the Northwest "V" Dangerous Curves"

Lost and Found ©Barbara A. Freeman 
Acrylic on Gessobord   5 7/8"x 5 7/8" 

This new work is my first acrylic painting in The Wood Nymph Series.  All my other wood nymphs have been drawings on film.  I decided to challenge myself with painting skin tones and wings.  It was fun painting a fantasy figure, and even though she is quite small, I still do not consider this work a miniature work.  I did however, paint it with the same attention to detail as I would paint a miniature.  I have one more coat of varnish to do, then need to have it scanned.  After that, it's off to the framers to have them do their magic.   Lost and Found will be part of my small works submission for the Miniature Masterpieces and More Show at Kaewyn Gallery in December.  Information on that Invitational Show will be my next blog post - coming soon!

On another note, I will have two of my drawings from The Wood Nymph SeriesKeeper of the Sphere and the first one that started it all, The Wood Nymph at Lowell Art Works' exhibit, Breasts of the Northwest "V", Dangerous Curves.  Lowell Art Works  is located at 5205 S. 2nd Ave. in Everett, WA.  The show runs November 19th through January 14, 2012.  Lowell Art Works is part of Everett's Third Saturday Art Walk and will have their Opening bash from 4-9PM, Saturday, November 19th, 2011 during the Art Walk.  Lowell is open later than the other Art Walk venues downtown, so cruise the town and end up at Lowell for a "titillating evening of eye-opening art, refreshment, and scintillating live music supplied by Everett's own Paul Roberts"!  I will be attending and hope to see you there too.  Come on out and join the fun!  Support your local artist!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

These two new drawings in the series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities, are not miniatures (under 25" square), but what I consider small works. They are both graphite drawings on drafting film with limited colored pencil on the underside and a bit of acrylic, including interference color (wings), on the front. They will be matted and framed, the total framed size will be 12" x 12".

Just Between You and Me  ©Barbara A. Freeman 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  6"x 6"

Snail Tales ©Barbara A. Freeman 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 6"x 6" 

If Snail Tales looks familiar, it's because I used the same reference drawing I did for the silverpoint work,  Earth and Sky.  I needed a place for the female figure where she would be gazing at the snail.  Often I'll have a subject or landscape that I really like and will use it in different ways.  This was a perfect setting.  It is NOT a print of the first drawing, but a new drawing with slight changes to fit the composition.

I have one more piece that I am still working on for this series which will be exhibited in the same show.  It is an acrylic painting, but will be framed in the same manner as the two drawings.  When I have them all framed and ready to go, I'll show them again here.  The two above, the new painting and three miniatures, all from the series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities, will be exhibited in Kaewyn Gallery's Annual Invitational, Miniature Masterpieces and More! show.  I love this show and am always honored to be invited to participate.  I'll be blogging about that with more information later.  However, mark your calendars because the show opens on December 2nd in time for your holiday shopping!

It's been really beautiful her in the Pacific Northwest.  I hope all of you have been enjoying the beautiful autumn colors, my favorite season!  Thanks for taking the time to read about my work.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Catchin Some Rays" - Second Place Award - MPSGS



Entries Accepted in the
2011 Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society's Exhibit

We just got back from a ten day parent visit in Indiana on Tuesday.  While opening all the mail I was happy to find a nice notice saying all three of my entries were accepted in the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society (MPSGS) of Washington D. C. for their upcoming show in November.  This was happy news indeed!  However, this morning when I started to post the news on this blog, I opened the MPSGS web page for their link and saw that they had the winners up on their website.  Imagine my surprise when I scrolled down and saw that my work, Catchin' Some Rays was awarded Second Place in the Birds and Animals Category!!  I was really doing the happy dance on this one!  This is such an honor for me!

Second Place Award - Birds and Animals
Catchin' Some Rays © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Gessobord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Gold and Glory ©Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Art Board 2" x 2"

Traveling the Slow Road © Barbara A. Freeman 
Acrylic on Masonite, 2 7/8" x 3 3/4"

My three works,  Catchin' Some RaysGold and Glory and, Traveling the Slow Road will be in the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society's 78th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature.  The show is held in The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD.  They are open, Weekdays 10-4 • Wed. 10-9 • Sat. 10-3 (closed Sun. & holidays).  The Exhibition Opening is Sunday, November 20th, 2011, 12:30 to 2:30.  The show runs November 21st through December 30th 2011.  If you are in the area, this is a beautiful venue and a show not to miss.  These tiny treasures make a great holiday gift!

I know I have been quiet here, mostly due to traveling and also getting work completed and then shipped or delivered for the autumn and winter shows.  I have been working on more in the wood nymph series, (inspired by the wood nymph butterfly) two in graphite/mixed media and one acrylic painting.  All three will be small works, 6" x 6",  not miniature, so I'll have three new works to show soon!  I am so happy to be back working in my studio!  As always, thanks for taking the time to read about my work, and Happy Autumn!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Good News and a Reminder of Shows This Weekend

Good news and a couple of reminders.  First the good news ...  I just got the call that my miniature painting,  From the Highlands took 2nd place and my mixed media miniature drawing,  Through the Portal was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 33rd Annual Arts of the Terrace Art Show in Mountlake Terrace!!  This is so exciting, I'm doing the Happy Dance!!   The show opens this weekend  and I'm looking forward to seeing it.  Hope you can make it too! You can read more about all my work in the Arts of the Terrace show on an earlier blog post here.  There are so many fun things going on with this festival! (read more below)  


From the Highlands  © Barbara A. Freeman   
Acrylic on Illustration Board  2 1/8" x 2 1/8"
Second Place Miniatures

Through the Portal ©Barbara A. Freeman 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 2 3/4"x 3 5/8"
 
Honorable Mention Miniatures

Reminder: 33rd Annual Arts of the Terrace Art Show in Mountlake Terrace.  The show opens to the public, this weekend, September 24th and runs to October 2nd.  The hours are Monday to Thursday, 12 to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5, and Sunday, 11 to 5pm.  To find out more about all the fun things to see and do, visit Arts of the Terrace on  FaceBook.   See you there!

Another Reminder:  The Icon Show at Fraker/Scott Gallery in Pioneer Square, Seattle will have it's Artists Reception this Saturday, September 24 from 5 to 7.  The show will be up until October 1st.  You can read more about that show and my work in it on my previous blog post here.  You can view a slideshow of the artists and their work on opening night Art Walk at this link.  It's a fun show in a great space.  Always fun to go hang out in downtown Seattle and visit all the galleries.  What are you waiting for!  Fraker/Scott Gallery, 121 Prefontaine PL South, in Seattle.

Friday, September 16, 2011

"Embracing Mother Earth" - Gallery by the Bay

Good news arrived this morning! I submitted work for a new show at Gallery by the Bay, called Embracing Mother Earth and two of my works, Sculpted by Time and The Vernal Arrival of the Green Darner were selected to be in the show!

Sculpted by Time © Barbara A. Freeman
Metalpoint on Prepared Paper 8 1/2 " x 8 "

The Vernal Arrival of the Green Darner © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film, 7" x 7"

Along with the work, I need to state what "Embracing Mother Earth" means to me.  The quotes from the artists will be part of the show.  Embracing Mother Earth opens October 7th and runs to November 21st.  Gallery by the Bay is located at 8700 271st St NW, Stanwood, WA. (Click for Map)  Gallery by the Bay shows are always well put together, featuring great art and lots of fun.  All work will be for sale. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Work Accepted Mountlake Terrace Juried Art Show 2011

I got an email today stating that all my submissions for the 33rd Annual Juried Art Show, Arts of the Terrace, Mounlake Terrace have been accepted in the show!  That's exciting news, as two of the works are making their debut!  My two drawings in the show are, Keeper of the Sphere and The Vernal Arrival of the Green Darner.


Keeper of the Sphere © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  7" x 7"



The Vernal Arrival of the Green Darner © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  7" x 7"

The four Fine Art Miniatures are From the HighlandsPeek-a-BooThrough the Portal and A Flash of Blue.

From the Highlands  © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Illustration Board  2 1/8" x 2 1/8"

Peek-a-Boo, © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Claybord, 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Through the Portal ©Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 2 3/4"x 3 5/8"



A Flash of Blue © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Acid-free Film, 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"


Keeper of the Sphere and From the Highlands are both new works, this is their first show.  The exhibit takes place at the Mountlake Terrace Library Complex, (map), 23300 58th Avenue W., Mountlake Terrace, WA.  I really like this show and it is always a fun reception.  The show opens with the Artists and Patrons Preview Party on Friday, September 23rd from 7 to 9 pm, with an Awards Presentation at 7:30.  The show opens to the public on September 24th and runs to October 2nd.  The hours are Monday to Thursday, 12 to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5, and Sunday, 11 to 5 pm.     

Come enjoy painting, prints, calligraphy, drawings, miniatures, photography and 3-dimensional works by top local and regional artists. I look forward to another exciting venue to exhibit my work. I have several aritist friends in this show, so it's going to be a fun time with great art viewing. All work is for sale, so come on out and support your local artist!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Three New Miniature Paintings

As promised, my three latest miniatures, all done in acrylic, each on a different substrate.


From the Highlands  © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Illustration Board  2 1/8" x 2 1/8"

This cow is from a hearty breed of Highlands cattle.  He kindly posed for me while on the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms, which takes place around the end of September, first of October.  The farm tours are self guided, so you can pick and choose which route and farms you want to visit. They are so much fun and a great way to learn about different farm animals, as well as veggies and fruits. One of our favorite stops is the apple orchard. I never knew there were so many varieties of apples!  We do the apple tasting, then purchase the ones we like, along with my favorite pears. They store well and we can enjoy them for weeks to come.  Another one of the many reasons I'm really starting to enjoy living here in the Pacific Northwest!


I Got My Eye on You  © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Illustration Board  2 5/8" x 2 5/8"

These pelicans, however, are not from the Pacific Northwest. This one along with the one below are from our trip to Dunedin, FL in January when I attended the Miniature Art Society of Florida's (MASF) annual miniature art show.  Gina, Wayne and I took a walk along the causeway where folks were fishing.  The pelicans were in various modes of relaxing and watching all of us! 


Catchin' Some Rays © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Gessobord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

This pelican was hunched down into his body, looking very relaxed, indeed! He was a bit older I think and trying to have his afternoon nap. We didn't seem to be bothering him at all, but I'm sure he wished we'd go away!  One of these pelican miniatures will probably be heading back to Florida for this year's MASF's show.

I have been busy with many different projects this summer.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to keep up with blogging as often as I'd like, nor have I been able to visit my blogging friends' sites and leave comments. Facebook has taken away from some of that time. It's really been difficult to stay connected to everyone and all the different events taking place. I'm sure many of you must be experiencing some of the same. Therefore, I thank all of you who do manage to take the time to read about my work and leave a comment. Your support is much appreciated!

*The faint red marks on the images are my watermark and do not appear on the actual work.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"In The Red" - Lynnwood Library Show

Small Work, Acrylic on Gessobord, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"

I just got word that my painting, Garden Gnome, Contemplating His Latest Work has been chosen to be in the annual themed show, In The Red - Juried Art Exhibit at the Lynnwood Library Gallery.  Forty-three artists will be in this exhibit. I noticed a few familiar names on the exhibit list that are art friends of mine.  Congratulations to Eden HopkinsNaoko Morisawa and Susan Jones! I'm looking forward to this fun show and am happy to be included!

The show runs from September 26 – November 17 at the Lynnwood Library Gallery, 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA.   Three winners, chosen by the Lynnwood Arts Commission for prize baskets, will be announced at the reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, October 1 at 11am - 12pm at the library.  I'll be attending and hope you can make it too!

Just a quick update to let you know I have been creating new work!  I have three new miniatures that I will be posting soon.  They are in the varnishing stages now and once dry, will be scanned.  It's been a very busy summer.  I have taken some time away from my studio to do some "research exploring" by hiking some of the beautiful trails around here, gathering reference photos.  There are so many exciting places to discover and I need to take advantage before the weather changes.  It's also a great way to clear your head and make room for new ideas and allow images to come forth.  To me, taking a hike among the forests and rivers is a way to connect with the spirit. As always, I thank you for taking the time to read about my work and hope you will retun. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

"The Wood Nymph" accepted in ICON Show at Fraker/Scott Gallery - Seattle

The Wood Nymph © Barbara A. Freeman Graphite and Mixed Media on Film, 8 1/2" x 8"
I am so excited to announce that my graphite drawing, The Wood Nymph was accepted in the Juried, Themed show,  ICON, at Fraker/Scott Gallery in Seattle.  The Opening Night is September 1st, and the gallery will be participating in Pioneer Square -1st Thursday Art Walk, from 5 to 9pm.  The Reception and Awards are Saturday, September 24th from 6 to 8pm.  The show will continue through October 1st.  Fraker/Scott Gallery is located at 121 Prefontaine PL South, Seattle, WA.  I'm really looking forward to being in this show. Hope you can make it too!

Group Show at Lowell Art Works - Three Miniature Works from the Wood Nymph Series

I 'm happy to be participating in the Juried Group Show,  "V" Years of LAW at Lowell Art Works, celebrating their 5th Anniversary!  My three fine art miniatures from the Wood Nymph Series will be in this exhibit.
Dreamer © Barbara A. Freeman
Fine Art Miniature, Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
 
Moonbathing © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
 
You Too Shall Have Wings © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
 
Lowell Art Works Five-Year Anniversary Celebration!  A juried show featuring artist friends old and new. Come celebrate this auspicious occasion with us! The show runs from August 20th – October 8th, 2011.  There will be an Opening Reception:  Saturday, August 20th, 2011,  4-9 PM (during Everett Art Walk)! Lowell Art Works is located at 5205 S. 2nd Ave, in Everett, WA  This will be one of their biggest, most dirverse and eclectic shows yet with over 140 works in a variety of media from over 35 artists!  This is a celebration of five years of frolicking on the fringe ... of Everett!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIP Fantasy Tree with Nude, "Keeper of the Sphere"


Keeper of the Sphere  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  7" x 7"

I can't believe I've finally gotten this work finished! I really enjoyed all the aspects in creating this work, but for whatever reason it just seemed to take forever to finish!   As I said in my last post, I am happy with the way the graphite forest, tree and figure turned out.



The above image is from the back side of the film where I've decided to add the Triquetra symbol to the corners to repeat the theme of the central sphere.  The color is done with colored pencil.


After coloring the back of the film, I returned to the front side and added acrylic paint to the sphere and trinity knot symbols.  I've also added highlights on the sphere and her eyes.  I used interference violet on the knots, the circle's outer ring, and the Triquetra in the sphere.  It was not a sunny day yesterday so the first photo above is quite dark.  I was so unhappy with the results that I decided not to publish this yet and instead hope for better light the next day.


Keeper of the Sphere  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  7" x 7"

Well, I'm happy to say even though it still wasn't very bright this morning, I had much better results in taking the above photo.  There was such a difference between the two I decided to show both to compare. 

I am still thinking of a title.  Some times the work needs to rest and with any luck, it will manifest it's own name.  I want to go with the Neopagan meaning of Triquetra as the three stages of the goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone) or the interconnected parts of our existence (Mind, Body, and Soul).  I like the spiritual, mystical feel of this work which is intentional.  I plan on entering it in a show with the title/theme, ICON.  I think the show will have a very open interpretation with many interesting submissions.  I'm not sure if this work will fit, however, I still want to take a chance on submitting.  Besides, using the show as a challenge gave me an excuse to continue doing work with the female figure in the forest series which I am having so much fun with!  The show isn't until September so it will be a while before I find out anything.  When I do, I'll be sure to announce it here!  In the meantime, it's time to get busy creating miniatures for all the fall deadlines!!

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer and are staying cool! Thanks for taking the time to read about my work.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

LiveARTS Bothell Reception Photos and New Work in Progress (WIP)

Here are a few photos of the Artists' Reception and Preview Party from last weekend at LiveARTS Bothell.   There was quite a crowd in the lobby. 


Wayne snapped this shot of me getting my award for First Place in Miniature for my work, Mister Pelican.  When I came back on Sunday after the show to pick up my work, I found out that it had sold!

Above, artists Eden Hopkins and Susan Jones in deep conversation. 
 
This fun photo was being taken at the same time by both Wayne Freeman and Ron Stocke, so we are all directing our eyes at two different cameras!  Starting left, Ursula Stocke, Josey Wise, Barbara Freeman, Janie Olsen and Eden Hopkins.  It was fun meeting up with everyone, all in the same place at the same time.  These talented artists all had work in the show.

What I'm Working on Now...
 
is another graphite and mixed media on film.  It has a female figure in the foreground with one of my fantasy trees behind her.  I have enclosed the image in a circle and will be adding color on the back side of the film, the border of the circle, her body color and the sphere.





I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do with the central sphere she is holding.  I have a lot of ideas but I'll wait to see what she wants to do with it.  This drawing has taken a lot longer than I thought it would.  The tree is always the easiest part, the figure, not so easy for me.   Right now I am making some corrections to the arm and hand.  I may add something to the four corners, I haven't decided yet.  I like the vision so far.  I do have a competition in mind to enter it into if it's finished in time.  It may be a long shot as you never know if your work will fit the theme or if the juror will like it.  However, when I head about this show, I was inspired to create this new work with that goal in mind. To me the inspiration and creation of the work are what's important!  Until next time, thanks for taking the time to read about my work.  Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mister Pelican - First Place Miniatures, LiveARTS Bothell!

Woo Hoo!!  I got a call from LiveARTS Bothell that my painting, Mister Pelican took First Place in Miniatures!!  Tomorrow evening is the Preview Party with the awards presentation and I'm going to be there for sure!  You can read about and see the rest of my work that's in the show HERE.

Mister Pelican © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic, 3 1/8" x 2"

The LiveARTS Bothell show will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th.  The venue is the same place as last year at the new Mobius Hall Gallery on the campus of Cascadia Community College and U.W. Bothell.  The college is located one mile east of downtown Bothell (directions and map here). The LiveARTS Bothell Art Fair is always great fun, with musical entertainment, great food and ART! There is free garage parking and the festival event will be in the inner courtyard of the wooded campus overlooking its 58-acre North Creek wetland.
This is a great community event and always lots of fun. I hope you can make it. Be sure to look for my work in the new Mobius Hall Gallery.

Monday, June 13, 2011

2nd Place Miniatures! - Edmonds Arts Festival - Fathers' Day Weekend

Traveling the Slow Road © Barbara A. Freeman
Fine Art Miniature, Acrylic on Masonite, 2 7/8" x 3 3/4"
Second Place Miniatures - Edmonds Arts Festival

Sunday evening Wayne and I went to the Reception for the artists and volunteers of the Edmonds Arts Festival at the Frances Anderson Center . The show was still in the "raw", the work not yet hung in it's final position nor with information labels and awards ribbons. Therefore, it was hard to see who the artist was and what works got awards.


I saw someone looking at the tag on my miniature, Traveling the Slow Road and when I told her it was mine, she congratulated me and told me it had taken Second Place!! When the show opens with the Preview pARTy on Wednesday, the 15th, all will be labeled and polished.
Pastel artist, Cheryl Hufnagel and Acrylic painter, Janie Olsen

While there, I met up with several artists friends. My friend Janie Olsen has two paintings and four miniatures in the show. She was happy to find out that her work titled Jingle Bells, took Third Place in Miniature! Pastel artist and friend, Cheryl Hufnagel has two paintings and three miniatures in the show. It's always great to run into Cheryl and see her latest work.

Yours truly with Cheryl and Janie.

Being an artist who loves to draw, I was also excited to see several very nice graphite pieces in the Drawing Category. I was blown away by a really wonderful piece featuring rocks and shells. It was filled with texture and a beautiful range of values. When I looked to see who it's creator was, I found it was my friend Susan Jones' work! Sorry, I didn't get any photos of Susan.

Awards and kudos to artists, sponsors and volunteers.

I am looking forward to returning to the show when the festival is in full swing this weekend. Mark your calendars and take Dad to the Edmonds Arts Festival , this Fathers' Day weekend, June 17th through the 19th - Friday, 11am to 9 pm, Saturday, 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Also, this year’s annual Preview pARTy will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at the Frances Anderson Center beginning at 6:00 pm. Look for my work at the Juried Art Show, inside the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds,WA

Needless to say, I was very happy that my miniature received an award, especially after I received notice last week that the silverpoint and acrylic work in progress that I had just blogged about, Trio, was rejected from the competition I entered it in! Just goes to show, you never know what gets in and what gets turned away. As most jurors will tell you, it's a hard job! In the meantime, I'm working on another mixed media piece on film and will post it here when it's finished. As always, thanks for taking the time to read about my work. Do try to visit some of the great Art Events in your area wherever you live, and support your local artist!

Monday, June 6, 2011

"Earth and Sky" Silverpoint and Acrylic WIP Completed

My husband and I were going to make a journey via train to visit my in-laws.  It was our first overnight train trip and we were looking forward to a new experience.  I keep a good daylight lamp with a magnifier at their place so while I'm there, I can still work when there is time.  I thought I would also be able to work on the train to help fill the time.  As usual when I know I will be working while visiting, I have to get something planned out and started.  I had been wanting to do another silverpoint work, and already had some paper prepared with silverpoint ground.  I knew I wanted to do something with lots of texture and with color like I do when working in graphite and film.  After looking through my photo library, I decided on one of a piece of driftwood that had mushrooms growing out of it.  It had the perfect bit of color and all the texture that I needed.

I drew the study for this work on film.  I have found that film works really well in the planning stages.  It erases so easily and I can do smaller studies and lay them on top or under to arrange the composition.  Above is the drawing with the reference photo and the prepared paper with the drawing transferred on.

I did a small study of the mushrooms on a bit of silverpoint ground to see how the acrylic looked with the silverpoint and to work out the colors, etc.  I was happy with it at this point so it was time to get started. 

I started on the upper left with the silverpoint.  But before I got very far along, I knew I was going to add something else for color balance.  I decided on a butterfly with wood nymph markings, or my interpretation of one.

Because this was going with me on my journey, I wanted to get the painting parts finished first.  Better to have that all completed BEFORE I invested the time on the details of the silverpoint drawing.  

Here's a closer view of the mushrooms.

A closer view of the butterfly.

I made a traveling portfolio to use as a drawing board on the trip.  It's two pieces of foam core hinged on the inside.  I kept the drawing with a sheet of mat board to cover it.  The thing on the right side is the wedge to sit it on.

I cut the wedge from the same piece of foam core, same width as the portfolio.  I cut it in three pieces, but not all the way through so it would fold.  Then I used the velcro that came on heads of lettuce from the supper market. (I save everything!)  I glued this on the end and then used it to wrap around the wedge to help hold it in place.

This is at a table in the lounge car on the train, the windows are large and folks come for snacks and drinks, to just read or play games, or look out the window at the beauty going by.  It's also a fun place to take photos if you can avoid the reflections on the windows.  Now if only they would get an espresso machine!!

This shows the wedge with the work on top.

I've attached a small magnifier to it here.  Everything worked out great, except the train didn't cooperate!  There was far more movement than I thought there would be and I could not work!   I did see another person with a sketch book working on some ink tatoo-like drawings but it wasn't working for me.  Also, there were far too many distractions with all the abundance of scenery, water fowl and other wildlife to look at!

 
Finally, when we got to our destination and I set up my work space, a card table with my daylight lamp, I was ready to get started!

I know the photos are strange with the light being warm sometimes and cool another.  I think it depends on the light in the room or if it was day or night.  You can see the silverpoint reflecting in the upper right.  In the photos below, you can see the reflection of the warm colors from the butterfly in the upper left. 


I was able to make much more progress when I got back home. 

It seemed to take longer than I thought it would.  Perhaps due to not being in my own studio and not having worked with silverpoint in quite awhile.  Everytime I do use it again, I learn more.  One thing I have to remind myself is not to become rushed, to go slowly!  The layers need to build up slowly, I got heavy handed in a couple of places.  Fortunately, they were in a place where I ended up cropping anyway!  Also I was reminded not to make the point too sharp, it can scratch the surface of the ground!  I also remembered the beauty of the lines and the changes in the silver color and how it warms.  I could see the difference from when I worked before I left for the trip and when I arrived and started working again.  It all evens out and becomes the same warm color.


Earth and Sky  © Barbara A. Freeman
Silverpoint and Acrylic on Prepared Paper  6 1/2" x 7 1/2"

This is the final cropped version.  Showing more of the background rocks seemed unnecessary and I thought it took away from the focal point.  Now your eye goes directly to the mushrooms! This work is all about textures, from the detail of the driftwood to the smoothness of the mushrooms, the underside of their gills, as well as the smooth river rocks and then the delicate wings of the butterfly.   This work in silverpoint and acrylic was submitted to a local competition, no theme.  I'll show it again after I have it framed.  I should find out this week, so I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed and let you know!  For now, I need to come up with my next project. I have several things floating around in my head so it's just a matter of working it out. I do have to get some miniatures finished for the fall deadlines, but I think I have one more non-miniature to do first! Until next time...Thank you for taking the time to read about my work. 

Oh and by the way, the train trip was great and we will do it again!  It's so much better than flying, much less stressful and without the invasive security!