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Archive for October, 2008

More birds

I recently sold this little bird painting. I actually have a bit of an aversion to pastel colours. I would be fine if brown paint was the only paint available. Come to think of it I would thrive as an artist 10,000 yrs ago painting with ochre on cave walls, not that there would be much of a market back then. I did this painting to see if I could paint something light and airy and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

This past summer, a little store in Harrison Hot Springs was closing and selling amazing shells and stones. I couldn’t resist buying several shells. They are such a representation of natures intricate beauty. Like a visual model of a tiny spiral galaxy, I find them fascinating. The other, more involved bird painting I did yesterday can be seen here.

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…I do something like this piece. Simple, decorative, colourful and little. It’s an ACEO which stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They can be done on anything with any media, but always measure 2.5″x3.5″

I’m afraid my daily art blog is less than daily, but I’m not giving up yet. I do intend to post more. I knew this would be the dilemma when starting this blog, deciding how to allocate my studio time to post daily for this blog yet get time for more involved work as well. I have done daily work but much of it has ended in the trash can lately, and the large paintings I’m most proud of will take weeks to finish. Enough with the pity party.  Moving forward, until tomorrow…

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Reworking your art

“Steward” was a drawing I did a few days ago (posted here). I knew it wasn’t good, but I liked the concept, and wasn’t willing to let it go. I knew it could be better, so I experimented and made it into a mixed media piece. I mounted it on a cradled wood panel and added paper mosaic elements. It was fairly stream of consciousness way of working and I used the remnants from other paper mosaic projects I had lying around. I’m not entirely sure what I feel about this piece, I think I like it, but like a lot of what you create, you see it better when you get some distance to it. One good outcome is that it reminds me to allow myself to experiment more, something I haven’t been doing enough of these days. If nothing tangible comes from experimenting with different media, at least it was fun to play.

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“Olympe”

“Olympe” by Ellen Sereda

I’m reworking the previous posts drawing into something entirely different. I like the concept of the original piece, but the background and quote made it a mess. So in the meantime here is a painting I did for an online group show about the French Revolution.

Olympe de Gouges was a French Playwright who was outspoken about equal rights for both men and women. She was among the countless people executed during the Revolution. More about the painting can be found here.

It also makes me curious when creating a piece that is so literal and illustrative, how far do other artists go with their research. I studied 18th handwriting, quill pens, ink pots and clothing. I made a sleeve out of 150 yr old linen and vintage lace. I couldn’t find a ink pot similar to the era in shape but close to the porcelain popular at the time was this salt shaker at an antique shop. I had my left arm frozen in the ink for an extended period of time while my right arm painted. I wonder was all this necessary really? or am I just finicky? Are other people doing illustrations so hung up on researching details that aren’t necessarily for aesthetics, just more for narrative? I’m curious.

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“Steward”

“Steward” – Ellen Sereda

acrylic, pen, coloured pencil

“Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?” – Pierre Troubetzkoy

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“Two”

“Two” – Ellen Sereda

acrylic, ink and coloured pencil

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