Saturday, September 21, 2013

En-masse Painting Series: Bathed in Gelousy

Wow! The last time I worked on anything in this series was 2009! That's a very long time. In fact, this painting was started way back then. The under painting was completed then left to sit unloved and untouched until late last month. So, for that reason I'm not quite sure how to date this work. Should it be 2009? or 2013? or 2009 - 2013?

Anyway, this 8 x 8 gem is the fifth in the En-masse series. I don't think it will be the last. The subjects are some warmly hued bath gems that were a gift to me from a friend. I poured them out onto a soap dish and the composition was created. I have a true love of painting round shapes, which I'm sure becomes noticeable when looking at my body of work. Needless to say bath gems were a perfect fit for just that sort of thing. What I really love, however, is the semi-transparency and the way the colors reflect onto the white dish and are absorbed into neighboring bath gems.

To achieve this look in oils took many layers of fattened up color glazes. But that is exactly what I enjoy about oil painting -- using layers of color and tone to achieve greater depth. To me that makes for much warmer paintings than I could achieve in any other medium.

Bathed In Gelousy, 8 x 8 Oil on panel, August 2013, Copyright Margaurita Spear

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Painting "Sam" Donated to Hope for Creativity Art Auction

"Sam" Copyright Margaurita Spear, August 2013, Oil on painter's palette
  Hope for Creativity is a truly special non-profit organized and run by a very special young lady. She is only in high school, but her ideas and goals are well beyond her years. For more info about Hope for Creativity see my blog post from last year:

This year is my second year donating a painting to such a worthy cause. Again the dimensions were those of a provided wooden artist's palette, which, as you can imagine, can be difficult to make a composition on. This year's theme is "Engage in Boundless Expression".

I'm not sure how much my image choice fits this year's theme, but there is certainly a story behind it...

When I was teaching at summer camp in July I was sharing with the student's how coming up with your own idea from scratch is often the most difficult part of creating art. Some of the young campers (mostly around eleven-years old) were struggling with this very thing and I wanted them to realize that all artists share this problem, not just them. So I told them about the painting I would be making for this fundraiser. I explained that I, too, have been trying to come up with a good idea that would work with the shape of the painter's palette. I drew a quick sketch of what the palette shape was so they understood what I was referencing. Soon the students were sharing their own ideas about how to solve my creative block. One student named Sam said that the palette was the perfect shape for a painting of an octopus and suggested I go with that as my subject.

After much more brainstorming on my own (and I do mean weeks of brainstorming) I came to the conclusion that his suggestion was better than anything I had come up with and thus this painting was born and later christened with the title of "Sam" in honor of that student.

This is just one more example of how teaching art enhances and dare I say, engages, my own art making.

For information on the auction, which runs from September 11th - October 11th, visit the event/auction webpage: