One of the most relaxing painting styles that I have ever engaged in is based on Flora Bowley’s painting style. It was introduced to me by one of creative mentors, Kathleen Kvern, on a wintry weekend in Minneapolis a few years ago.
As I entered Kathleen’s studio, I was struck dumb and was completely intimidated by the sight of a 24″ x 24″ blank, white canvas hanging on the wall.
I was told to just start applying paint wherever I wanted to with no intent of an image. What!??Kathleen explained to me that the first layer of paint would either be cool colours or warm colours. My brain stopped. I still struggling with colour theory. Kathleen gave me several different explanations about basic colour theory. I finally was able to grasp it as I began to equate warm colours such as orange, yellow, red and bright green as summer colours that you would see at a campfire, the sunny sky and the buds in Spring on all of the plants. Cool colours were Winter colours such as the shadow of snow, the darkness of the sky and the contrast of the pines so blues, purples and dark greens make up the cool palette. Finally, understanding struck!!!!
After overcoming my initial intimidation, I set down my reservations and let loose! I was allowed and encouraged to collaging paper and other objects onto the canvas, use stencils and stamps, turn the painting around frequently and I learned to let go of a favourite spot. Working on two paintings at once allowed the the alternating warm and cool layers dry which prevented muddy messes.
I have come to love this painting style that brings calm and peace because I don’t have to have a definite outcome, I don’t have to try to control the image and it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Each layer creates absolutely new possibilities . I find that allowing the next layer to be applied I might come up with something even better than the wonderful layer that was covered up. I also know that the next layer may be even better yet. Perhaps the next layer covered up mistakes, places that I didn’t appeal to me and sometimes something even better happens to appear.
Enjoy the images, some are finished paintings, some are just in their beginning stages. I encourage you to give this a try!
I want to thank everyone who has supported my art in the last year by supporting me, being encouraging, sharing complements and purchasing my work in 2019! Last minute shopping is available available! Contact me for last minute gifts!
A long time ago I used to create new moon and full moon jewelry.. The jewelry was to celebrate the money light. I have come back to create a lasting legacy of each moon phase. Each piece is truly unique. The October 27, 2019 piece celebrates the 300th day of 2019. Today signifies our ability and victories over our own personal enemy. The enemy may be anything that you may be challenged with. It may be material, spiritual or emotional. You will know when you lay your eyes on this necklace and your heart opens up. Each piece includes significant stones, gems, colors and symbols to guide and assist the owner of the piece. Reservations can be made for future Moon Phase dates.
Many new creations are coming about as I prepare for a home show on November 9th. I am one of the featured artists and will be offering my birch bark creations and many more earth-inspired art! Phyllis Schuit wiil be sellling her stitching paintings and muliple fiber wearables, Denise Lobb’s fiber creations will be available and Pat Garske will be featuring whimsical bags and wearables.
So mark your calendars for November 9 and I look forward to seeing you from 9am – 4 pm at 7164 Clawson Drive in Hazelhurst, WI.
A huge thank you goes out to everybody that stop by my studio this past week. If you missed it, come check out my wonderful birchbark creations at the Mercer high school tomorrow, October 19th, from 10 to 2.
This little chickadee porcupine quill and birch bark box will be available this weekend, along with the encaustic work of Susan Barakat and a one time selection of eearrings handcrafted by Edith Barakat. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 10 – 5!
The Northwoods Art Tour offers visitors an inside view of artist’s processes and creating art. The Tour makes it’s way through the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin where Mother Nature has been “painting” our forests with vivid autumn colors. My studio will be open from 10 – 5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and be enchanted!
Come visit Wisconsin’s northwoods artists that working in their studios during the last day of the July Northwoods Art Tour. Watch them create and learn about their processes.At the Burger country art studio which is listed as number 9 we are working on many different mediums. We have birchbark baskets and treasure boxes in progress, encaustic painting, and Viking knit jewelry processes for you to learn about!