Monday, June 13, 2016

Recent Works

Bowl of Pears                      2016                       j. c. phillipps

Hi there.

June is kinda a crazy busy month for me.  School is out.  (Magoo, I am proud to report, got straight A's all year long.)  Lots of birthdays.  My art is up at a restaurant called The Spicy Green Bean in Glastonbury.  And I'm preparing for summer art camp at the end of June.

But I have had a little time to work on some art.  The piece above, Bowl of Pears,  is a watercolor that I recently completed.  I am trying to do smaller watercolors, as I have had a difficult time selling the larger ones.  Also, if the original artwork is smaller, it will fit in my scanner, and I can get a better reproduction for prints and cards.

The work below was done for a specific show at the West Hartford Art League in the Fall.  All pieces have to be 24" X 24" and self-portraits.

Julie with Poppies                 2016                   j. c. phillipps
I thought for awhile of what direction I should go with it.  It's unlikely a self-portrait will sell.  And 24" X 24" is not tiny, so this was either going to live in my basement or I had to come up with something I wouldn't mind having around.  I played with a few ideas, but I settled on the collage mosaic because #1. I have the paper.  #2. I love mosaics.  #3 It's just stylized enough for it not to matter a whole bunch if it's an awesome depiction of me.

It went faster than I thought it would and I enjoyed making it more than I thought I would.  But, as a 44 year old woman, hunching over to place tiny squares of paper on a canvas is not easy on my back. I don't think there will be too many of these in my future.  Still, I like how it turned out.

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  1. Both pieces are beautiful. I enjoyed reading about the thoughts that went into the process, for both.

    Great job, C, on those straight As!

  2. Hi Julie!
    Brazillian greetings!
    I know I was absent for some long time, but I came back!
    Beautiful works, I loved the perls.
    I got some interest in watercolor.
    I hope you can sell your original artworks.
    Thanks for sharing it!