Thursday, March 08, 2007

Fun Surfaces

This morning I received an order for a gourd birdhouse. I love painting those and well, it got me thinking why I love them and what other surfaces are very rewarding and fun for me and why..... The Pink Roses duck egg above, I painted for a gift exchange last year. I had a great time painting this one. One of the reasons that I like eggs so much is the curvy and well, sensual surface. It just feels so wonderful in the palm of my hand.

Eggs are also challenging to paint because especially with the smaller ones like the duck and turkey egg above, when you have an idea, it is sometimes hard to fit it all on the surface. I guess I also like them because I love the crafty part of it as well, making the hangers out of stones and beads, also gluing pretty stones on the egg itself, to add the finishing touches to the design. I've also always loved eggs and have a decorative egg collection in my china cabinet, which has overflowed to the glass display that makes up the bottom of my end table in my livingroom.

Every time I'm at a crafts fair, I tend to gravitate to the booths that are selling gourds. I guess I would say I love gourds for the same reason as eggs...their shape. These vessels are made by nature instead of man made so you never quite know with a gourd, what shape you are going to get. I think that is what makes them so much fun and so compelling to paint, different shaped gourds lend themselves to different designs.

Ok, then there is Yupo paper, a great alternative to traditional watercolor paper if you feel you can let loose, not be so serious and just have some fun for a change. Funny that it is called paper because there is nothing natural about the surface, it is a totally man made synthetic surface. You can do more serious paintings on Yupo, like my Red Calla Lilies above or do silly and fun paintings like my Springtime Birdie Doodle below. Either way, all the traditional rules of watercolor go out the window and you can just pretty much do anything you want. The result are paintings that have a crystal like shine to them, they are beautiful to look at on this unusual surface.
Well, Doodles, what can I say, I'm loving them. This is the name I've given to paintings I'm starting to do on Yupo paper, that are very playful and fun, nothing seious about them. I feel like a kid who has discoverd crayons for the first time when I work on one. They are a real form of therapy for me, perhaps a break from art that makes you take it and yourself way to seriously sometimes. The doodles get their image by first, completing a background I'm happy with, then removing areas of the paint, showing the white Yupo beneath, to reveal the design itself. I think the possibilities with these are endless and my mind is brimming with ideas for new doodles in all different sizes.

13 comments:

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Wow, Ruth! Your works of art are so very inspiring! I've never painted on anything other than paper and canvas; only flat surfaces. I really think I might like to try that new paper, though. Your palette is beautiful, too! I always love paintings with bright, cheerful colors. Now those eggs... outstanding!!!

Betty Jo said...

Hi Ruth, Louise of Beachy's CapeCod Cupboard left a little note in my blog this morning pointing me to yours. I'm so glad she did. What a gorgeous blog and incredible creations you have shared. Love the Doodles. I'm a digital scrapbook artist, so doodle some myself, just with pixels rather than paint. Drop by to see me when you can and I'll definitely return to see what beauties you'll be sharing next. xoxoxo

Gardengirl said...

Your art is absolutly beautiful. While visiting Betty Jo at digiscribbles.blogspot.com/ I saw a link to your blog. I have book marked your blog so that I can come back and spend some time reading your posts. Have a great weekend.

Ruth Welter said...
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Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Louise, I love painting eggs, they are so wonderful to use as a surface. I bet you would love Yupo paper, give it a try, it's fun to paint on. You can purchase it on www.dickblick.com If you end up getting some, let me know how you make out with it.

Ruth Welter said...

Betty Jo, it is so nice to meet you, I'll be visiting your blog often. I love your photography.

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Maggie....I loved your blog and all the beautiful photos of your garden.

Tracey said...

Wow...

Lovely art work. I've always wanted to attempt painting on eggs, but the whole blowing and then breaking the shell thing has held me back. Glad I popped in to see your delightful talents!

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Tracey. Give eggs a try. You can buy cleaned out eggs on- line in lots of different places. I bought quite a few off of ebay. I've never messed around with blowing them out and cleaning them etc..I buy blanks that have already had all the work done by somebody else. Leaves me with the fun part which is painting them.

Cherry Menlove said...

Wonderful, a new blog to discover. Your work is beautiful. I look forward to seeing more.

Cherry Menlove xx

Naturegirl said...

Loving your artwork as a nature lover I truly appreciate your art.The gourds are wonderful as I have purchased one and use as a birdfeeder
a true conversation piece..I love the egg with the butterfly!

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Cherry!!

Alecia said...

Ruth I love the little bird, makes me even more eager for spring. You are a true inspiration!