Layers and Layers

Since I last wrote my studio has become a laboratory of experimentation.

My treasure trove of collage pieces has found its way to new canvas and wood panels. Maps, wrapping paper, ticket stubs, tissue dress patterns, string, architecture text books, all torn and carefully glued.

mixed media, home, mountains, Beth Rommel, family, love, joy, friends
Home is Where affection Calls, 20″ x 16″, High Country Art Gallery – Blue Ridge, GA

Extra house paint, latex, is painted and rubbed on top of the texture.

Step back.

Think.

Change the music.

Think.

Look some more.

Acrylics, pastels, charcoal over it all.

These new pieces can all be see at High Country Art Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA. More experiments are stirring in the studio with subject matter such as whales, turtles, horses, and insect life. Stay tuned.

Makes Me Laugh

beach painting, acrylic painting, hand painted frame, children on beach, colorful art

Several years ago I painted this piece. When I finished it I laughed out loud.

This drowsy gal wakes from a sun induced nap to find her children are gone. Where in the heck are they? My solution to the mystery is what really made me laugh. Sound effect: evil cackle. We all need a little laugh now and then. Do you know where they are?

 

 

Moving Forward with New Work

Dog, dog walk, parks, wildflowers, bluebonnets

If you follow my Facebook page at Beth Rommel Studio you are well aware that I have welcomed spring with several new paintings.

I am thoroughly enjoying using latex paint, acrylics, pastels and charcoal for my new creations. These are large canvases that can add “oomph” to any room.

dog, walking the dog, mixed media, city life
Morning Walk, mixed media, 40″ x 30″

Good dog Joe and his person get their morning walk before a busy day. The brush strokes remind me of Bargello needlework. The strokes runs in a zig zag pattern as do Bargello stitches. Wild flowers including my dear Texas bluebonnets grow on the path where Joe gets his daily constitutional.

Dog, dog walk, parks, wildflowers, bluebonnets
Joe’s Walk, mixed media, 36″ x 24″

Joe takes himself for a walk in the wooded park area. This technique of light over dark paint has created the luminous quality of pastels. I have enhanced that even more by using pastels and charcoal throughout.

I began developing this technique with still life paintings.

still life, flowers, full moon, mixed media, art paintings for sale
Full Moon Bouquet, 20″ x 16″, mixed media.

I now have a page on the Xanadu Gallery website in Scottsdale, Arizona. The new March catalog is now on-line and in print. My work can be see on page 14. Some of you have expressed your joy in the Big Cat painting. I chose to share it in this issue.

Portrait of Buzz

Our son has a new member of his family, the adorable Buzz. A yellow lab puppy who is charming and wonderful. He joined us at Christmas in Decatur this year.

I was hoping Will would enjoy the gift I made for him.

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Beginning. 24″ x 36″
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I see a dog in there.
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It looks like a yellow lab.
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Sweet boy needs toys.
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Good boy Buzz.
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Buzz.

Flower Power

still life, flowers, lily, tulip, painting, art,

I have completed the big flowers.

still life, flowers, lily, tulip, painting, art,
Flower Power, 24″ x 48″, mixed media, $750.

I have tried to think of something pithy to say, but with Hurricane Matthew lurking southeast of here, I have few words. I have so many very dear friends in harm’s way.

Please say a prayer for those in need of protection. This is a big bad bully. xoxo

 

Series 2

chickens, rooster, free range, painting, art, farm scene, folk life

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been taking a class from Carla Sonheim. This is with a cadre of international students and an enthusiastic, multi talented instructor. I am as happy as can be…and learning so much.

This year’s curriculum is about creating in a series.

Any serious artist can tell you that coming up with a meaningful subject and thoughtful series is difficult.

What am I trying to communicate?

This is a step forward from learning technique and developing a style.

It reminds me of learning French. You know the vocabulary and the verb tenses but can you have a conversation?

My second series is based on the outdoors, the freedom, the colors, and freshness of the idealized farm life. I used latex paint and acrylics with charcoal and ink for materials.

chicken, farm life, painting, art, folk life
Why Did the Chicken? Acrylic and Mixed Media. 16″ x 20″. $295.
chicken, still life, tropical flowers, free range chicken, art
On Vacation. Acrylic and Mixed Media. 16″ x 20″. $295.
chicken, starry night, farmyard, free range chicken, art, painting
Starry Night. Acrylic and mixed media, 16″ x 20″, $295.

…and the chickens that look as though they are plucked and ready for the frying pan….

chickens, free range chickens, horse, starry night, pasture, art, painting, folk art
What’s for Dinner? Acrylic and Mixed Media, 20″ x 16″, $295.

The colors of the outdoors and the imagined cutting garden of magazine photographs are so inviting.

still life and purring machine wm

Master of all He Surveys. Acrylic and mixed media, 16″ x 20″, $295.

 

Bird, flowers, still life, painting, art, bird watcher
Hide and Seek. Acrylic and mixed media, 16″ x 20″ stretched canvas, $295.
cat, flowers. still life, folk art, painting, art
Biding His Time. Acrylic and Mixed Media. 20″ x 30″. $750.
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Spring Forth. Acrylic and mixed media, 18″ x 24″, $495.

Options for the third series are on my mind. Am I ready to have a conversation?

 

Landscapes of Summer

As summer sets in, the Georgia heat waves the air with exhaustion.

I retreat to my studio where colors and canvas wait.

While on a driving trip over Memorial Day weekend my husband and I stopped for the night in Fairhope, Alabama. I took some photos from Point Clear of Mobile Bay. They were my inspiration.

Mobile Bay, 6"x 6", $50.
Mobile Bay, 6″x 6″, $50.
Mobile Bay in the Sun, 6" x 6", $50.
Mobile Bay in the Sun, 6″ x 6″, $50.
Mobile Bay at Dusk, 6" x 6", $50.
Mobile Bay at Dusk, 6″ x 6″, $50.

Earlier in the summer I had the good fortune to be invited to Cashiers, NC. We hiked to see a waterfall. On the way we watched the white water on the rocks of the river.

Cashiers, NC, 6" x 6", $50.
Cashiers, NC, 6″ x 6″, $50.

I hope you are seeing great beauty this summer. Whether you travel or staycation enjoy.

Memorial Flowers

morgan flowers
Morgan’s flowers

My dear friends have sent me lovely bouquets of flowers since my mother’s passing in mid-March. Their love arrived in long boxes filled with buds of promise. I trimmed their stems as my mother taught me. Put them in a vase of water with the magic powder to prolong their blooming lives. It was a tender time. The hopeful colors sat tight and patient. Time passed and they opened with optimism to share their beauty and to be the best they could be. So like all of us.

How could I thank my friends for the loving feelings they sent and to tell them how much they meant to me? I created a small painting for each of them.

Mahin orchid copy
Mahin’s orchid
roses
Pixie bouquet
Kimberly flowers
Kimberly’s roses

The outpouring of support and love has touched me. The cards which sit by my placemat and napkin at the kitchen counter are a stack of love and hugs from miles away.

Thank you  my dearest friends and family. xo

Art Classes and Inspiration

I have been so blessed in being able to take classes taught by Carla Sonheim and last year in conjunction with Lynn Whipple.

This year I have learned even more techniques.

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Tiger Walking, pastel and ink
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Gorilla sketches, ink and charcoal.

Some of the lessons have been flashbacks to college while others are very imaginative and really get the creative gusto going.

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Picasso study on my drafting table.
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Picasso study.

You never know how another person’s mind is working. It is fun to see what Carla Sonheim is cooking up for her students every other week.

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Flying Person, watercolor, medium, charcoal.
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Cut paper, watercolor, charcoal.

A little inspiration from other artists is always welcome. Stirring the pot that is my brain usually results in surprises.

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Still life. Watercolor, acrylic, pencil.

The surprises have become something I look forward to daily. What will come from my hand, heart and brain today with the nudge of an art class for inspiration.