Back in the Stuido

I’m making things again! The weather has been getting warmer, for the most part, and I have been able to start using my new studio. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s functional.

I have a space to paint, a nice view of the back yard from my wheel, and thanks to my hubby there are lots of shelves set up for me to fill. It’s starting to feel like my own space, and over time we’ll make it even better.

If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed I’ve been painting again. It feels awesome to be back at it. It’s been at least 2 years since I was last painting regularly.  I’ve finished two new paintings in the last few weeks.

The first painting I made is titled Early Spring Impression. It’s oil on canvas, and as the title implies is done in an impressionistic style. I was feeling the grass popping up through the snow and the idea of spring approaching.

 

Early Spring Impression, oil on canvas
Early Spring Impression, oil on canvas (close up)

The second painting I made, and finished yesterday, is also inspired by the early spring. I went a different direction and tried my hand at a more abstract expressionist style for this one. This painting is titled Early Spring Expression. It is also an oil on canvas.

Early Spring Expression, oil on canvas
Early Spring Expression, oil on canvas (close up)
Early Spring Expression, oil on canvas (close up)

I am really feeling this style of work. This past summer my family and I visited the Art Institute Chicago. I was very taken by the abstract expressionist work there. I was specifically drawn to the painting City Landscapeby the artist Joan Mitchell.

Me, entranced by City Landscape at the Art Institute Chicago

I did some more research on Joan Mitchell and I am so enamored with her work. I’m sure I will be pulling inspiration from her and other abstract expressionist artist for my future work.

That’s what I’ve been up to back at the easel, now onto what I’ve been working on at the wheel (with some hand building). I have been caring around a bunch of corks for years now and I’ve finally decided to use them. They were the catalyst for my current ceramic project, piggy banks.

These banks have been a lot of fun. They’re playful, and honestly just make me smile every time I finish one. The aforementioned corks will be their noses. I’m starting with the smallest and working up in size. I’m also making about double what I need for the amount of corks I have. You never know how things are going to turn out through the process of making ceramics.

I’ve been enjoying hand building onto these thrown forms. It’s something I haven’t done in some time.

This project will probably be ongoing for a while since I have 18 corks I would like to have pigs for all together. I will be working on more functional pieces too, to break things up for me work wise. I have plans for spoon rests and small condiment bowls, but I’m sure there will be more mugs and cups soon as well.  I’m also looking forward to pit firing this summer again 🙂

Thanks for checking in, and for all the love and support <3