I have 5 paintings of realistic flowers in the works in various stages of underpainting and the beginnings of the flowers, leaves and backgrounds. Working on Arches 140 lb hot press paper and using Susan's very slow, but very effective process! So then my heart skips a beat and I jump over to some 140 lb cold press Fabriano Artistico paper just waiting for me to play with it and off I go playing with some more abstract ideas! I am having so much fun!! Here are the next 2:
I've been totally enjoying 2016 so far - just been playing with art rather than feeling the pressure to produce for a show! These two are made from old paintings with splashes of color on paper behind them. What do you think???
I've just been playing and enjoying my free time before the anticipation of being accepted as an featured artist at the Kirby Gallery in Roxboro, NC. The "before" paintings are done on Fabriana Artistico 140 lb cold press paper. The "after" paintings are done on Arches 140 lb hot press. The advantage of the cold press is that I can mask off the flowers with tape and masking fluid and just go wild with the background. The advantage of hot press is that it allows many, many layers which is wonderful for flowers, but not crazy about having to be so careful with the background and making sure I don't go into the flowers!
Andrea Burke, WVWS
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'This world is but a canvas to our imagination' - Henry David Thoreau