|table set up and ready to start.|
|work in progress.|
Karen's focus is on design which resonates with me, having come from a background of graphic design and calligraphy. Design is an integral component of a successful piece of art. Bringing opposing forces together to create balance and interest... putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
|hand-carved stamps from Softoleum, used for patterning.|
We were challenged to observe carefully - to see abstract painting possibilities everywhere we looked.
|unaltered shot of a slate countertop in a restaurant bathroom.|
We did lots of layering which brings such a sense of depth to each work. She had us work on sheets of paper, which is new to me. I like it! I am used to working on canvas or board - now I can use those supports to mount the finished work.
|layers of paint, stamps and my new favourite - alcohol. rubbing, that is!|
I came away with three finished pieces. Two are now mounted on gallery canvas, signed, named and wired for hanging. The third is mounted and waiting for final touches.
|work set out for final critique.|