Friday, November 19, 2010

Experimentations with the knife

This is my first painting with a palette knife. I've got to admit, it was much funner than using brushes. Since the knife doesn't allow you to make detail, I didn't feel any pressure.

I think I will go to the store an buy a few more palette knifes.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Painting Number One

I have prepared myself for my new paint venture. I bought new brushes, new canvas paper, new paints, new palettes and knives. Already, I've been painting away. And already, I've met nothing but frustration and loss of hope. Painting is nothing like drawing. I feel like I have no control over the paints, and the colors don't mix the way pastels do. Most frustrating, is using up expensive paints and canvas.

Today, I took a different approach. I cut out a piece of old cardboard. I trimmed my brushes down to stubs. I turned on some music I had never heard before, and I painted without references or planning, and most importantly, without fear.

I like my painting.
I like my cardboard.
And I like my stub brushes.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I was going to welcome you all to my blog, but it didn't feel right. I think you all should be welcoming me, since I'm new to the blogging game. What IS the traditional opening post supposed to be like?

Well, my name is Judy, and I'm 21 living in a small town of the Berkshires in Massachusetts. I've created this blog because my social life is lagging, and I needed to start something self-indulgent and egotistical. I also want to share my work with the cyberworld... I do art and stuff. (You know... painting, drawing, gluing cereal boxes together... that sort of thing).

For most of my life, I was a realistic artist, master of the graphite. Unfortunately my patience wore off... I soon felt like a photo printer rather than an artist. After a three year break from art, I am back with vengence. I'm ready to prove I can draw something besides smiling portraits and fruits. I want to show the world my world. And I'm gonna spill a lot of paint along the way.

Thanks for reading.

For now, I'll leave you with a drawing I did many years ago. Even though it's in the style I want to move away from, Mos Def and his music still inspires me. 

Come back soon to see my new art.