“What Is This Tangle?” drawing for mixed media by Bea Garth

This is a new drawing I plan to enhance by adding color along with some black and white areas.  I was listening to jazz late at night and feeling its groove… All about being tangled up and snaky.  The cat is grooving to it too.

"What Is This Tangle?" drawing for mixed media by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

“What Is This Tangle?” drawing for mixed media by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

“Under A Red Sky,” mixed media in progress by Bea Garth

Here’s what I am working on right now–I am temporarily calling it “Under A Red Sky.”

"Under a Red Sky," mixed media on paper by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

“Under a Red Sky,” mixed media on paper in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

Its mixed media–ink and colored pencil on parchment paper.  I’ll likely tweak it a little, but it is mostly done.

I like the female figure’s dreamy look.  I don’t think she really wants to be interrupted!

I have always really enjoyed making pen and inks. I am liking the fact I found a way to make them work with color.

Combining ink with colored pencil is really fun to do–it is so direct! I have found that the parchment paper is a dream compared to many other papers for this kind of treatment.

I am thinking of doing a series of these small 8.5 x 11 inch pieces for the Clark County Open Studios in mid November,  and then a show I may have the following month in Portland at an alternative gallery–assuming it all works out. More on that later!

Bea Garth: Paintings & Ceramics at Clark County Open Studios Nov. 11-12, 2017

I will be participating in the Clark County Open Studios in Vancouver, Washington (just across the river from Portland, OR) this coming November 11th and 12th, 2017: here’s my page for the event featuring some of my art: http://www.ccopenstudios.org/portfolio/beatrice_garth/

"The Fool,"  acrylic painting on paper by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

“The Fool,” acrylic painting on paper by Bea Garth, copyright 2016

You can find the general information of what Clark County Open Studios is about, the artists involved (including me) and an art map here: http://www.ccopenstudios.org

This info. includes instructions on how to get to my Open Studio just across the county line in Vancouver, near Minnehaha and 68th–not far from I-5. My studio is on a slight rise with fairly good parking.

Besides painting on paper and canvas I will also be including some of my ceramics:

"Petting the Cat," ceramic vase by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

“Petting the Cat,” ceramic vase by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

 

 

“Petting The Cat,” ceramic vase in progress by Bea Garth

Of course I had to try making a large piece with this new low fire terra-cotta clay I got–plus have fun with all that white slip (looks blue green in the pix–will turn white in the fire).  I am really starting to enjoy this clay! And the slip. Will likely add some underglaze for more color when it gets a bit drier before it is fired.

Generally I have stuck to sculpture, since perfect regular forms and I don’t do well together. However I think maybe this is OK since this “vase” being hand-built, is obviously not meant to be perfect, even though in the end it will be able to hold flowers. It still is in its way sculptural.

So yes I am calling it “Petting The Cat,” since all the figures in this piece  are focused on this activity.

"Petting The Cat" vase in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

“Petting The Cat” vase in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

My plan is to go to Eugene next week and fire this and a couple more pieces I’ve made over at a good friend’s house. She has two kilns! She makes ceramic sculpture too. Likely we will have a blast.

If I really get going this weekend,  I will make a plaque too.

“TestVase,” scraffito on slab-built clay by Bea Garth

Am trying my hand using some new-for-me lowfire red clay. Its been quite a while since I have worked with clay. I finally have a studio that is big enough for it, plus I have been exercising more and getting stronger again. It feels so good to be getting back to myself again!!

"TestVase," white engobe on red low fire clay, by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

“TestVase,” white engobe on red low fire clay, by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

Fortunately this clay has grog already in it! My idea is to do scraffito with it. So I put white engobe onto the red clay, and carved through it. This is in the leather-hard stage. It has yet to dry enough to be fired. This is a test piece, small enough for my little test kiln. Will be setting up my big kilns likely sometime later this month or in early August.

“Underwater Dance,” painting in progress by Bea Garth

" Underwater Dance" acrylic painting in progress by Bea Garth 2017

“Underwater Dance” acrylic painting in progress by Bea Garth 2017

After a hard winter/spring, I am starting to feel much better. Finally got going on this painting of mine of a man and a woman dancing underwater. Its kind of a celebratory piece of getting healthier again and enjoying warmer weather finally. I am really looking forward to summer!

I still need to work on the painting Its hardly done since a lot of shadows and gradations are missing, and likely I will eradicate some more of the fish. But I got it all blocked in.  I like to work loose and then refine it.

I also applied for the local Clark County Artist Open Studios for next winter. November seems a perfect time to have it. Plenty of time to prepare…

 

“The Magician” Tarot Art by Bea Garth

I think the Magician Card is finally done except for the border and maybe just a wee bit more shadow on the white globe he/she is holding and the snake wrapping around the arm.

"The Magician," acrylic on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

“The Magician,” acrylic on canvas by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

It definitely has taken me a while to get used to doing this genre. First of all it involves working upright rather than my usual horizontal plane for a painting. Second is figuring out what size to make the original image so it translates well into the size of a card.

Third there is a whole history and tradition I have needed to become more aware of since the images are symbolic of the various archetypes traditionally expressed in Tarot–while also expressing my own  vision I bring to the subject.

It wasn’t enough for me to be somewhat versed in the Tarot, I needed to see more cards and study its history. I thus have been perusing several Tarot decks I now own–including that of my friend Christine and her husband Michael who inspired me to try my hand at this field to begin with.

I am now starting to feel more comfortable with how it all works and look forward to making the next Tarot painting fairly soon.

Christine says in a way its like playing 3-D chess, and I think she is right, especially from the point of view of making the images  meditative pieces designed to take the viewer into a trance to more accurately divine what is or is not going on in one’s life.

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