When I look at the calendar, I see that I have not posted anything here for a couple of weeks. Have to admit I've really been enjoying some time away from blogging. In fact, I really had to talk myself into sitting in front of the computer today. My body balks at sitting and my mind demands that I go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
But here I am ... because my heart tells me I must maintain my connection with all you wonderful people. Right now, YOU are what I miss about blogging. I hope you are all well.
First, let me say to Photo Art Resource Cache subscribers that the full subscription of textures is up and waiting for you to download. If some of you had trouble with the downloads recently, the problem has been fixed. The site will close on May 15th, so grab your textures while you can and enjoy!
A couple of you asked for a peek at my work (paintings) and my studio - so here goes ... Now don't get too excited ... My studio is a just a portion of our large, finished and well-lit garage and my adventures in painting are definitely more therapeutic than artistic ...
Here is where I play with paints, brushes and spatulas. I love texture (you already know that!) and find using spatulas (more than brushes) suits what I like to do (and am capable of doing).
(You might be better able to read some of the words in the collage if you click on the image to enlarge it.)
Canvases in various states of completion. The blue one is one requested by my son - 'wide, narrow and full of blues' were his words.
Here's a clipped view of the finished Pollock-esque piece for my son.
Do you see the remnants of wool Berber rugs on my studio floor? My husband installed them so that my feet would not get cold. The garage is heated and rugs are totally impractical, but I don't complain when he is so thoughtful! :)
So ... as you see I just try my hand at different styles of painting and see what happens. And, yes, because I am a neophyte painter and have not yet discovered my own style, I sometimes copy master works to try and get a feel for their style. That is a common technique of art teachers, btw. (It can be a very demoralizing exercise, however!)
Right now I am trying my hand at some Rothko-style pieces. It looked like it would be really easy, but as with many things, appearances can be deceiving. I am finding it to be much more of a challenge than I anticipated. You can see examples of Rothko's paintings here.
If I can paint, anyone can and I highly recommend giving it a try both as a creative and a therapeutic endeavor. If you love the form, color, texture and self-expression of photography and digital photo-art why not dip your toe in the waters (colors)? Be warned, however, there are no 'Undo' buttons! :)
Here's a free texture for you. It does great things to skies, hence its name 'Sky Love'. The download button will be removed in a couple of weeks so download it while you can.