Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It's in the Details

  I am not a detail person. Bullet point, keep it simple, get to the point. To a fault for sure. But in my artwork I find it helps keep me focus on simple shapes, the abstract quality of the composition and not get lost in detail. My favorite artist's work that I could stare at for hours are not full of detail but allow me to wander in the piece. Matisse, Monet, Manet, and many contemporary artists that have the same focus.

  In my water media collages I start with large open shapes, solid color, then work my way down to more detail. I use old ads, torn papers from old watercolor paintings, monoprinted paper, old damaged books, anything. But, once in a while I get a special piece of  paper from an artist that I don't want to use up all at once. If you look closely in the pink blossom you can see some handwriting on the paper-  that piece is from Judy Wood. A mixed media artist that kindly shared some of her hand printed paper with me. Here is where paying attention to the details matters. Those little spots in your artwork that draw the viewers eye where you want it to go. Little pleasure places, and surprises. I put in gold foil, colored inks, the printed word, things that make it unique.

DailyPaintWorks   Cindy Carrillo    Judy Wood  Muli Media Artist

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Just Work

    One of my biggest struggles in painting has been creating mud. Well, no, I am great at creating mud, it is trying to keep clean color and good strong values. One day in frustration I gave myself an assignment to use paper and paint, not allowing to mix colors to create images. One thing led to another and next thing I new I had a stack of collages and my head and sketchbook was full of ideas. I did a list of thumbnails in 3 values, black/white/grey. It has been such a helpful exercise and a creative direction that I am enjoying. My oil palette is stronger, I have removed some colors, put in others.
    If you find yourself in a slow spot do not just stop creating, work in another medium, but keep creating. Do not wait for inspiration to strike. That is a luxury for the hobbyist,  Just work.

DailyPaintWorks-  6" x 4"  Blossom 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

"Flower Power"
12" x 9" Paper & Paint Collage  Available for purchase, just click the link below!

Below is a closeup of the Paper & Paint piecing

I am now all out of the deep wonderful blue I used to create this fun collage. I use recycled paper salvaged from the trash, and that great deep blue came off the packaging for mandarin organges, the orange came from a cheetos bag and the greens from mono prints I made and tore up. The paint is thick using gouache and acrylic paints. There is some ink, silver foil, a bit of fabric layered between the paper and paint. This is definitely a mixed media piece using anything and everything. The flowers are abstracted and use a strong value contrast.
Start saving beautiful paper, you just have to look at the trash differently, to see it all as an art medium.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Keep it Simple

July 1-31, 2016  WATERWORKS 2016~~All About Water Watertower Gallery, Mendocino, California
"Tidepools"  6" x 6" framed in black wood
Sometimes life happens and my blog doesn't. I am back here again and hope to share some things that I have learned on my road to be a better artist.

 Often while working on my paintings I get into a rut. I find I start to repeat themes, subject matter and colors. That is boring for me and for people who are looking at my work. To force myself to go back to basics - to think simple shapes - good composition - clean color - I pulled out old magazines and paper out of trash. Started tearing up the paper and laying it out on a sheet of paper in different basic compositions.
 One thing lead to another and now a whole series of colorful paper and gouache collages of different themes are coming out of the studio. Some are very small but then I go big. All the paper is trash, old chip bags, gum wrappers, magazine ads, what ever gets me the color I need.
     You can use Mod Podge Mat, Golden Gel Medium, or Liquitex Medium. All work great. I prefer mat finish, all up to you. It takes a bit to get used to working with gouache and gluing down the paper but be patient. I use Cottonwood Arts laminated canvas sheets, wood panels, heavy watercolor paper and canvas panels as supports.
The supports get several heavy coats of gesso first.
 I used old monoprints that didn't turn out well but the colors were great. My studio has plenty of old water stained books, old artwork not worth saving that have now found new life in collages. I have yet to buy any paper, everything is recycled.
When I go back to by easel and oils, my head seems to be ready to think in simple terms of good composition, clear color and simple shapes.
Give this exercise a try, hope it helps you as well!