In my studio this week...sweet nothings in progress!

Perhaps it’s the season that has had me craving for sweets, Indian sweets in particular! So, I decided to deal with those cravings on canvas. The exercise satisfied my need to express my love for those gorgeous, colorful, delectable creations but did little to stop the cravings. Sigh. Anyway, here is what the work looks like so far:

woodcuts

my first woodcut ever! I am mighty pleased even though the black was not as saturated as I would have liked

Woodcut Print

Redwood Shores

I had a productive week! Here is a large collagraph printed with Akua inks on BFK Rives and handpainted. I think I am quite done.

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Within A Song

Collagraph on Paper

Last but not the least was the following piece; two collagraph prints combined digitally to produce, Emergent

Emergent

Emergent

Artists I have been following

You might have guessed, my sweet tooth led me to Wayne Theibaud’s gorgeous paintings and drawings. As luck would have it, SF MOMA has a current exhibit dedicated to Theibaud’s work and I had the good fortune to immerse myself in it. Here is a picture of one of his cake paintings. I will be going back to my sweet nothings to apply some Thiebaud principles. Stay tuned!

Artist: Wayne Theibaud  Image: Namita Paul

Artist: Wayne Theibaud

Image: Namita Paul

While it was a treat to see Theibaud’s drawings and paintings (what a wonderful draftsman!) I was delighted to see a selection of paintings from the MOMA’s collection, chosen by Thiebaud. Each painting (most of them) had his thoughts detailed next to it. Here is an example: this is a Matisee, named Le Conversation. Here are Theibaud’s thoughts on the piece (not quite legible in the photo) and they are just wonderful:

I like this drawing that he does, introducing a kind of mixed media. It says something to remind me how important drawing is—to the point when some artists never leave drawing. (Vincent) Van Gogh would be an example. He would just draw those paintings, as far as I am concerned. This is so nice because it is so beautifully decorative. All those nice flat shapes and then that linear description I find really captivating.

Le Conversation  by Henri Matisse. Image: Namita Paul

Le Conversation by Henri Matisse. Image: Namita Paul