"The Dress" Wins An Award

My painting "The Dress" won second place in the  Arts Council of York County's 21st Annual Juried Competition Exhibition, Rock Hill, SC.

The Dancer

This picture evolved when I took a failed painting and painted over it with gesso. The substrate is yupo paper. Before the gesso dried, I sponged and wiped and stamped and scratched into the gesso, taking much of it off. I spritzed it with alcohol and then buffed it. Then I turned the paper until I was pleased with the arrangement.

I played with ink (Pitt pens) over the acrylic and gesso, outlining the splashes from the alcohol and from the gesso. Finally I found my image of the tree and the dancer and the painting began to take shape.

I have a friend who asked me how come my paints don't look gloppy and shiny like hers. (She's just starting out and is really hard on herself.) I told her I usually take off more paint with a tissue or paper towel than I leave on. And then I use the paper towel or tissue for collage when it dries.

I hope you like my newest painting, "The Dancer."