Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sugar and Spice Twice

In other words, I changed my mind and here is the finished painting.

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and spice... well you know the rest. This painting is dedicated to all the precious little girls in my life: Laurel, Mya and Mackenzie. You make my world a better place with your sweet sense of wonder of life. Thank you for inviting me into your secret imaginary flower garden.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Plaster Collage Update

The final product of "Sugar and Spice" has been a wee bit elusive but here are the areas that I am pleased with;
these paste paper flowers:
Yellow Flower           

Big Flower
Tulip Just for fun I added a bug and a bumble bee:                        

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Windmill Easels

I really, really want to buy a 36" windmill easel but the cost has me hesitating. Has anyone used one or purchased one or knows of a used one that is for sale? I need to think is it worth the investment. Anyway I sure would appreciate some input. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Plaster Collage:Page 4

I have lost control over the painting! The majority of the plaster work is now covered up with paste paper shapes. One good thing is that the plaster raises the paste paper flowers off of the canvas for more depth. Observing  my own work at this stage; I  need more contrast, more unification of the flowers and details, too many foreground objects and not enough soft edged fading into the background images. I must take care not to go off of the cute scale, maintain my original objective of a high key color palette and not to get to representational. At the moment the title is "Sugar and Spice".

Little Girls Rule:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Original Art Koser: Plaster Collage page 3

Original Art Koser: Plaster Collage page 3: "Page 3 I hope you see a difference each time I post my progress. The blue sky like sponge technique is an attempt to unify the picture as..."

Plaster Collage page 3

Page 3
I hope you see a difference each time I post my progress. The blue sky like sponge technique is an attempt to unify the picture as a whole and to make the subject matter pop out. Looking at the photo helps me see many places that need to be developed. At first the flowers were loosely representational but I like the big purple thing in the upper right so to  heck with "real" flowers. I'm noticing that the raised plaster bubbles are floating aimlessly and they need to be tied into the scene better. More later when I figure it out. What would you do to make this a good painting?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Page 2 of Plaster Collage

Let me set the scene; I have no plan, the CD "O Brother, Where At Thou" is playing and I am trying not to go over the top with this experiment. Then I remembered a cool tool that I found at a flea market. No one knew  what it's purpose was but I knew it would become a stamp in my collection.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Plaster Collage Experiment

    After my workshops on paste paper (check out my blogs on I am now diving into plaster collage that I read about in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. I have no plan or image in mind so this may take awhile. I chose a 16x20 canvas and put modeling paste on one side, next I scrapped some shapes into the wet paste. My plan is to make a high key color collage in a whimsical child like style. The swipes of side colors will peek through as I add papers and paste papers to make my collage. Here is page 1 in my experimental journey. 

page 1