Originally found on cave walls tens of thousands of years ago, painting can now be seen in a variety of ways throughout the world. Ink and color ink were predominately popular through out Eastern history. The West was first dominated by Tempera, often called egg tempera, which is a fast drying medium consisting of pigments bound together by egg yoke. In the 1500s oil painting became more prominent. Oil paint pigments were often bound together with linseed oil which allowed artists to work on a piece over a longer period of time due to its slow drying traits. Not long after pastels also became popular. They are simply pigments bound together and rolled into a stick.
Watercolors have existed for thousands of years but were mainly used in sketches till the 19th century. Watercolors are pigments and water mixed. In the 1950's acrylic paint became commercially available. These paints were fast-drying, cheaper then oils and could be diluted with water before drying. Today popular painting is done in many of the traditional styles. Although it has been around for a long time new inovations in the medium continue to be developed every day.
I love to paint. I feel we all need to develop our own individual creativity. I had forgotten all about myself. No woman should do that, But I had to have all the clean floors... Now my husband cleans, and I just paint, and I'm very happy.
I draw my inspiration from the French Impressionists who were so important to me as a student (Monet, Sisley, Hassam, etc.). Their focus in the effects of light and the creation of color vibrancy through the juxtaposition of complimentary colors are a constant influence on my work.
We raised a small flock (of sheep) on a little farm in Monkton, VT (a rural town in Addison County about a half hour north of Middlebury). We also raised pigs, ducks, turkeys, laying hens and had a large garden. I would sit on piles of hay and draw my sheep. (I also tried to draw my chickens but they moved too fast!) I live in Burlington now and no longer have my sheep. These paintings never fail to bring back fond memories of my life in rural Vermont.
Painting on silk is an incredibly time consuming and unforgiving medium, just one drop of misplaced dye, a broken resist line or an accident in the steamer and days of painstaking work are ruined. As challenging as painting on silk is however, it is also one of the most rewarding art forms. The two hour steaming process joins the fiber reactive dyes molecularly with the silk so the dyes take on the silks iridescent sheen. It is because of this union that silk paintings are able to produce an awe inspiring range of reflective color that no other medium is capable of creating.
Before I started painting gourds, I never was 100 percent happy with anything I painted. Now it seems difficult to make one I don't like. Even if they don't come out the way I envision them, I'm always pleased with the end result.
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