Completion of another Annotation series work… Veil

For two weeks, I have worked on this painting. It is oil so I have to wait (sometimes I am glad to wait, other times not), between the layers. It seems I am working with a lot of neutral colors lately. This kind of thing comes and goes in my work. It seems I have to make marks with any kind of color or implement, then cover them up. Then do this over and over until I embed the marks and colors into the surface. “It”.. the mark or color,  needs to become a part of the surface. Not on top as an after thought but a part of the whole.

Like most artists, then I doubt myself and think..what was I thinking?    And the next day I think I really do know what I am doing….HA, as if I will ever know what I am doing every step of the way. Whatever happens, I hope when the time comes, I will know when to stop.

In this painting, I can only hope that I have not veiled it so much that it becomes homogenized into a work that has no real impact.

I consider it a part of the Annotations Series I started last year.. with the sub-title of Veil.

Annotation, Veil

Annotation, Veil  40 x 40 inches, oil on canvas


Finishing up two new encaustic paintings

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been sad that wasn’t going to the 9th International Encaustic Conference. I look forward to seeing like minded peeps at this professional conference every year.

To help make up for it, I started on two 40×30 inch wood panels with encaustic. I only set up parameters of using lot of black and white…one to be dominated by white and the other dominated by black.

I spent days between working quickly, alternating with the days of just staring at them. It’s not as easy to layer, block out and then re-do that layer as it is with some mediums. By that I meant there is more of a chance that each time you alter, you may never get back the freshness you had the first time. That said, rarely does the first time around end up being a good painting.

I now think I am through with both of these paintings that I am considering titling Reverie and Dark Reverie. I think the title of Dark Reverie fits better than the one for the light one so we will see later.

Reverie & Dark Reverie both 40 x 30 x 2 inch encaustic on wood panels

Reverie & Dark Reverie
both 40 x 30 x 2 inch encaustic on wood panels

Johnson Creek, February

I’ve been in the studio…. just not as much since the holiday rolled around and past. It seems like I have been spending too much time learning a new computer OS and all the new programs that come with that change-over to MAC. On the positive side, it is keeping my brain cells working over time.

I have been in that studio though and have been working with acrylic again since it has been awhile. This painting is 30 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas, Johnson Creek, February.

Enjoy, I hope.Johnson-Creek-February-acrylic-canvas-30x30-Cheryl-D-McClure

Longview Museum of Fine Arts

This time is almost here……………..the opening reception for the East Texas Regional Artists exhibit at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview TX.

I am honored to have been chosen for this six artist showing for 2014. Saturday, July 19, 2014   215 E. Tyler St., Longview, TX   7-9pm