Friday, January 21, 2011
I have been experimenting with some new materials lately, one of them is casein paints. They are a milk protein based paint and can be used like watercolors. There are several differences between casein and watercolors, most importantly they have a lot more body and weight and are best used on a hard surface like clayboard . To me they feel like a heavier, smoother version of gouache. I love the way they feel on the smooth clayboard and there is some room to actually build up some pigment, which is one of the things I miss about oil painting. The drawbacks are they are actually even more fragile than watercolors, the colors lift when it comes in contact with something wet and if you have butterfingers like me and frequently drop pieces parts of the paintinsg chip off. They also claim to be non toxic, which I personally don't believe as when I use them I am constantly wheezing and a red rash appears on my arms.
Here are a few of my sketches
These ones are very small, 6" x 6". I haven't worked in that scale in very long time.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I sent these guys off early this month, I had been carrying them around for a while and miss them. I used different types and weights of cotton muslin and hand felted the wool shapes. The flowers were made out of a mix of animal skins. If you are in NY they are on view on the the second floor of Claire Oliver. The main gallery is featuring a show of Canadian artists and it looks really interesting and I am sorry to have missed it.
Six Degrees of Separation: A New Generation of Canadian Artists
Oct 14th, 2010 to Nov 13th, 2010
Six Degrees of Separation Press Release
I dropped these off last month to the gallery when I was in NY. I took some quick pictures before packing them up and as usual my camera skills prove to be dismal. It is hard to tell in these pictures but I was experimenting more with papercutting and layering.untitled graphite, ricepaper, silk on paper
pretty please watercolor, silk ribbon, on paper
soft grey spot watercolor, on cut paper
dreamers watercolor on cut paper
between me and you watercolor on cut paper
Sunday, July 25, 2010
This piece is still in progress.
This one is done, the cutting and sewing has been taking longer than usual as I have been layering the papers more. I like the effect and am obsessed with my xacto knife. I have gone through so many blades it looks a little scary in my studio.