Thursday, March 31, 2016

Quantity is Your Best Teacher

In January I did the 30 paintings in 30 days art challenge with Leslie Saeta. The commitment to show up in the studio every morning and to complete 30 paintings which were posted daily was good for me.

I didn't aways like it, but it taught me a great deal about how to make MY paintings. When you paint on a consistent basis...especially everyday, your art evolves and you discover your unique creative voice.

On the left is my painting on day one, and below is what happened on day 29.

 In addition to moving into greater abstraction, I learned many new techniques via experimenting. New ways of laying paint produced greater visual depth and fascinating textures.

 At a recent workshop Carol McIntyre and I were discussing the story about quantity vs. quality in the book Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Here it is:


The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on it quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the "quantity" group: fifty pounds of pots rated and "A". Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the "quantity" group was busily churning out piles of work-and learning from their mistakes-the "quality" group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to sow for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.



Monday, March 28, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Contemporary Abstract Landscape Tree Painting,Gold Leaf Art "Dusk" by Intuitive Artist Joan Fullerton

Loose oil representation of tree shapes with charcoal and gold leaf accents.

Abstract Oil, Gold Leaf

30"x48"x1.5" Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas-gold leafed edges/Available

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Abstract Landscape Painting "Beyond the Mesa" by Intuitive Artist Joan Fullerton

Abstracted color notes give this landscape a shimmery quality.

Oil painting on a 40x30 wrapped canvas 1 1/2 inches deep.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Abstract Landscape Painting "Music of the Pines" by Intuitive Artist Joan Fullerton

This painting features a large area of quiet color contrasted with the more lively brushwork and color of the pine trees.

40"x30"x1.5 Oil on Canvas/Available

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Courage to Persevere

Your art isn't selling. You are dissatisfied with your art (your life). You expected something different at this point in your career, in your relationships, or in your bank account, and this has you doubting yourself. It's to be expected! It is a necessary part of the creative cycle.

We buy into judgements of good and bad, so-called progress and stagnation, but it is all just relevant experience. The low times evolve you into greater courage...if you persevere. Learn how to deal with the uncomfortable times, and keep on keepin' on with a sense of appreciation for the unknown.

"The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars."  from the excellent book Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland 

Extraordinary Courage           Acrylic on Canvas          24x24x1.5

With this abstract I see the rich passion of our desires and our potential, and the brilliant, vague world of the unknown. There is growth when we venture into the unknown.

"To see far is one thing: going there is another."

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Joan Fullerton Workshop-Fresno California, April 27, 28,29

                              Contemporary Approaches for Greater Self-Expression

                                                                     April 27, 28, 29

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Back to Source

Back to Source: a collage about Healing

 This Painting began as a demonstration for the Broomfield Artists Guild in Colorado.

Armed with a bunch of papers, paint, and drawing materials in my travel box, I had no idea what I would put together.

On a raw cradle-board began I scribbling and drawing with charcoal and colored pencils.  I dripped and painted with fluid acrylics, and as tribute to this group, B.A.G., I decided to collage pieces of a brown paper bag. I added patterned rice paper, laser copies of a seed pod, and images of trees. (This provides a metaphorical richness.)              

Veiling images with translucent glazes and  covering areas with translucent sewing patterns, a textured surface was created.

When layering materials, I never know what will be revealed or what messages will show up; I enjoy all the surprises.

My back has been bothering me for a few weeks and I have been trying to stretch and strengthen it. So wouldn't you know, the word "Back" was on a the piece of the sewing pattern., and all words were covered over, except for the word "BACK"!

Once I noticed this, the long stripe of gold seemed to represent a backbone being strong and the images of trees, with healing green colors were like an aura around the gold. Cool!

Without planning, I had intuitively created the idea of strength for my back. This is how it works when you open your mind and heart and playfully create!

I knew this painting was about healing and changing the pattern of back discomfort, but wasn't sure of the title. Pulling a Tarot card, I got "The Source", which was offering me the message to be grounded and centered to tap into my reservoir of energy. Relax into Source for transformation and to access your potential. Thus the title: Back to Source.

From my notebooks I discovered a note written to myself: "make a shrine to things that bother you and then invert to discover the antidote".
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Contemporary Mixed Media,Figurative , Abstract Painting "Twins" by Intuitive Artist Joan Fullerton


This was a demo piece in how to do transfers...easily! It includes a photo of an artist friend of mine and her twin sister. (I'm fascinated with twins.) Included are yellowed pages from an old copy of War and Peace, transfers of the sisters, trees, and a painted picket fence. They are looking at me from the other side of the fence, perhaps because they are in the "twin club" and I am not.

   14"x11".75" Mixed Media on Canvas

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Contemporary Mixed Media,Figurative, Abstract Painting "Innocence" by Intuitive Artist Joan Fullerton


Pulled a Tarot card about innocence this morning and so I put together this small collage with notes from my journal, my photo of my favorite big white house, pages from an old book, paint, and crayon and pencil markings.

   8"x8".75" Mixed Media on Cradled panel

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Come a little bit closer some magic.

Out on a Limb, 38x30, mixed media on paper, 
laminated onto a board and framed

When composing art, my goals include wanting to create powerful images, bold enough to be appreciated from across a large room, and delicately embellished enough to captivate and entertain upon intimate viewing. I don't want you to "get" it completely at the first viewing, but rather I encourage you to  become acquainted  over time and from different vantage points.

With this detail of the painting, you will see a spot of pale yellow which could be a small sun residing low in the forest. You are likely to discover the delicate lines at the horizon, marks which animate and perhaps suggest life on the earth; you might enjoy the embossed gold drizzle on the large tulip-like shape, reflecting light and sitting above the surface, and you might even discover the small 5 white spots, which for me represent family.

If I had painted a representational landscape, I would have offered less for the viewer to contemplate. The magical aspect would not be part of the visual design. 

"If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse...but surely you will see the wildness."           Picasso