Finally I've been able to get back to the new art tools I made for relief printing! I spent today playing with them, experimenting with the shapes and textures they make, and layering colors. I'd also made stencils, using a wonderful stencil–making technique, and tried different ways of incorporating them into my painted papers. It was a joyful process!
These are all techniques we'll be using in the Paint, Stencils, and Relief Printing workshop coming up on Saturday, August 13th, 2011, at the Calistoga Art Center. You can see some more of my results at Paint, Stencils, and Relief Printing: Adventures in Mixed Media. They are fun, lighthearted creative processes – I'm looking forward to sharing them!
My Calistoga is a painting I've been working on for the 125th birthday celebration of Calistoga, California, the town where I live.
I've incorporated collage elements around the edges of the painting, in a kind of frame. They have a kind of tinted-photograph feeling, one that seems appropriate to me for the occasion. It's one of the collage painting techniques I'll be teaching in this Saturday's Painting Collages workshop at the Calistoga Art Center.
You can find out more about the Painting Collages workshop here:
Here's one of the collaged images, a detail from the painting:
If you'd like to see more about the process of creating My Calistoga, you can follow it on my blog, Karen Lynn Ingalls: Line, Color, Paint, Joy. The beginning of the process is at Painting Demos at the Napa County Fair, and the second post illustrating its progress is at "My Calistoga" - continued progress.
Today I drew these three oaks in my backyard. I love how the two older trees curve, making such interesting shapes in the air (negative spaces, in artistic terms).
I wanted to draw them in particular because the middle tree will have to come down before winter, because it is rotting at the base. I'm hoping the little oak tree sprouting from its roots will grow into something as lovely and interesting.
Karen Lynn Ingalls
I am a working artist in Napa and Sonoma Counties, in northern California. I paint colorist landscapes of rural California, teach art classes, workshops, and private lessons, live in Calistoga, and have my art studio in Santa Rosa, California.