Thursday, October 19, 2017

Neptune's Court..Watermedia..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews





NEPTUNE'S COURT began in a recent abstract workshop I took with Mary Ann Beckwith.


Lots of paint flying everywhere, textures and creativity.


I had just a big sheet of this Yupo (manufactured paper) covered in implied textures, very pretty, but now what?


The paint always GLOWS on Yupo, and yes, this is mostly WATERCOLOR with some acrylic GESSO over parts, NO INK is used, although I bet some of you thought I had used INK..
Anyway....


I love a challenge.


Pretty as my start was with patterns made by stamping objects or cloth into and over paint, I feel we as artists, should not rely on that alone. It's a trap.. and many artists deem a painting finished before they truly have done much of their own 'pulling together'.


The challenge is making A PAINTING out of all of this lusciousness.


For days now I have gone back and forth with this, breaking objects into the patterns I made, losing and diminishing the importance of my implied textures, to make my AQUATIC shapes evolve.


It takes a LOT of thought, and I constantly turned this around to show all angles before I decided on this vertical format. The painting actually works okay with most angles though.


                                                    I hope you like my result.


                                            This image is 21.5" x 30" unframed


                                                               $550 plus S/H


            Prints of this image can also be purchased through Fine Art America:


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Rae works and teaches in all mediums.. please contact her through her website at:

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Majesty Sublime..Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



MAJESTY SUBLIME was started yesterday as a demo for the Brenham Arts League.

What a lovely audience I had, and it was a pleasure having such an eager participation for my demonstration. Thank you all so much.

I worked more on this today just to complete the image, although I had a good start at the demo, it was just not a 'home run' quite yet.

I think it's okay now, I will live with it a day or so and see how I feel.

                  This image is on Sennelier sanded paper (a dark green I believe)

                                   It is unframed and measures 19.5" x 25.5"

                                                                $525 plus S/H


                           Prints are also available through my Fine Art America site..




https://fineartamerica.com/featured/magesty-sublime-rae-andrews.html?newartwork=true







                                                                    Thanks for visiting..








Rae works and teaches in all mediums.. please contact her through her website at:

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Gently It Flows..Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



I guess it's that winter is fast approaching and when I found a darker Sennelier sanded  paper I decided to paint this autumn - like scene on it.


The scene is from my imagination, and I do love that elongated lovely landscape shape on which to work.


                                                   This image is presented unframed
                                                              It measured 9.5" x 25.5"


                                                                      $320 plus S/H


                                                          Thanks so much for visiting..



Rae works and teaches in all mediums.. please contact her through her website at:

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Swan Song..Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews




Swan Song is a pastel on a sheet of velour paper.


I was given this paper about a year ago and the artist had drawn pencil lines all over it, not great for velour.

Its a very soft surface and one cannot erase off it.

So I decide not to waste it completely and try to superimpose this floral semi abstract over the top.


It was hard in places, as the white flower showed the transparent layers of the pastel a lot, but I think I have managed to cover all those nasty pencil lines at last.


I did another version of this floral before a few years ago and last night I put the image into Sketch Club on my ipad and abstracted it even more, by chopping and rearranging areas of my older image..


Swan Song began with random veils of pastel dragged over the surface, anything to camouflage those pencil lines.
I then drew my sketchy flower in pastel pencil over this.


By blocking negative shapes into the painting, the flowers began to emerge.

Image size is 16" x 20" unframed

$300 plus S/H

Prints of this image are also available through Fine Art America:





Thanks for visiting..

Rae works and teaches in all mediums.. please contact her through her website at:

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Chasm Interrupted..Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews





I am on a roll with these abstracts now, hope you are not sick of them.
This one was a challenge..


As you will see from the step by step page below, it began as a full sheet of Sennelier paper on which I had done a quick demo for an art group years ago.


 I am going through all my old filed paintings and reconstructing them. I hate to waste this wonderful substrate.


So...  I first turned the old demo upside down before deciding to cut the paper in half vertically.
 
I find if I view an old image upside down first it changes my perspective on that piece, and I begin to see possibilities for another painting.


This one, as with my previous posts, changed a great deal throughout the process of painting it. I could easily have gone with a horizontal format, but in the end, decided on this vertical.
I am constantly rotating the work as I paint.


This image is 10" x 25.5" unframed
$350 plus S/H




Prints of this image are also available through Fine Art America:
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/chasm-interrupted-rae-andrews.html?newartwork=true



See below for the thought process behind this pastel painting..

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Rae works and teaches in all mediums.. please contact her through her website at:

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mantled Epoch..Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews







Mantled Epoch is cut from the same paper as the previous post. I am glad I stuck with this set of abstracts, always a little worrying to rely on one's design sense, but I do love that 'angst' in my art.


 I began (after I had cut the full sheet in half as with my previous painting) by turning the remaining 'demo' image upside down.


As I worked by blocking in some hefty darks, I rotated every few minutes, and kept doing that till I settled on a pleasing composition.


Just by rotating the piece as I progressed, I saw so many opportunities evolve. Each rotation looked so different, and the focus became a different area of the painting.


 I had a hard time, as with my previous post, to finally decide which rotation pleased me the most.
Eventually it was this one.


See the process of my thinking below, remember I had no reference with any of these abstracts, I just 'went with the flow' so to speak (pun intended).


This piece is 13" x 19" unframed
It is a pastel on red Sennelier paper.


$350 plus S/H


Prints of this image are also available through Fine Art America:
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/mantled-epoch-rae-andrews.html?newartwork=true







See the stages of this painting below..
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Rae works and teaches in all mediums.. please contact her through her website at:

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cavernous Tumble..Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



This painting started as a demo start, only partly done, and I did not want to toss the great paper.

It was a full sheet of reddish  Sennelier paper, which I turned upside down and cut in half so I have two pieces I can work on. (there will be another painting coming up soon from this paper)

I liked the color contrast in the demo, so just went with it.

I wanted to abstract my image (though) and after my France workshop last May and a visit to some amazing caves, I felt this image could be an 'echo' of that .

See all the steps below, to better explain.

This image is 13" x 19.5" unframed

$350 plus S/H

Prints of this image are also available through Fine Art America:






                             Below is a little on the thoughts behind my process.


As a finished painting the sheet directly below shows the image in all directions. I could still change my mind on this, it's an easy thing to erase my signature and place it elsewhere if I decided to perhaps go with a vertical format, I will have to live with my chosen top image for a few days and see how I feel.




 
 






The sheet below is my whole thought process throughout this painting. From an old demo partly done on a full sheet/cut in half/turned upside down/ and then gradually working around the shapes in a new painting.





Thanks for visiting..

Rae works and teaches in all mediums.. please contact her through her website at:

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