Tagged work in progress

“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!

“Magician” tarot card in progress by Bea Garth

I finally made some changes to my tarot Magician card the last few nights.

"Majician," tarot art in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017
“Majician,” tarot art in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

It finally is really coming along.  As you might be able to tell, I really made some major changes to the colors, plus added in some shadow.

There is more to do, but it shouldn’t take long.

This painting is teaching me that the magician is strong yet sensitive, male but with female traits, or is that the reverse??

The cape seems to want to be the way it is. I tried putting shadow, but it destroyed it. It needs to feel backlit it seems!! Perhaps the conscious light coming from within  Spirit??

“Lady in Pink” in progress by Bea Garth

This piece is nearly done! I may need to change the title now that I added an extra dimension with the  hieroglyphic-like facial parts and silver paint in the background.

"Lady In Pink" painting in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017
“Lady In Pink” painting in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

Am enjoying how the blue paint under the silver adds a subtle extra dimension.

My thoughts? Perhaps “The Whole World Is Watching.” Right now I just need to cogitate on it…

Still have to work on shadow for the hand, cat and face–but these will be minor adjustments.  Am planning to get back at it later today.

“Lady In Pink” in progress, painting by Bea Garth

Here’s my latest update of my painting “Lady in Pink” –still in progress. I did some good work on it last night. I am enjoying the rich new paint I bought recently and plan to do more with it. I am enjoying the drama the shadows bring to it.  Even though it is a very simple painting I think it creates a strong  presence.

“Lady In Pink” acrylic painting in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

Meanwhile, I think the imbalance in the world events finally got to me — I ended up depressed and developed a really bad case of hives. Talk about the itchy bitchies!

As a result, I have gotten  back into doing yoga and meditation again. It really helps me feel much more balanced and far more capable of steering a positive path in this turbulent world. Plus the meditation has helped me get rid of the hives!!

I can well imagine the “Lady in Pink” along with her trusty cat about to meditate too!

“Lady In Pink,” contd. acrylic painting by Bea Garth

I added in the background and most of the pink, plus now have a yellow cat! More to do of course. But I got a lot of it blocked in.

My cat helped me by sitting on my lap.

"Lady In Pink" contd. painting in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017
“Lady In Pink” contd. painting in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2017

She was actually transfixed by what I was doing, and finally attacked the painting with her paw!

Note: Please Click image to see a larger picture.

“Lady In Pink” underpainting on canvas by Bea Garth

"Lady In Pink" underpainting, work in progress on canvas by Bea Garth, January 2017
“Lady In Pink” underpainting, work in progress on canvas by Bea Garth, January 2017

This is my new canvas painting I am working on. It is inspired by an extremely small painting on watercolor paper  I did back in San Jose (about the size of a large card).

The idea is that she will probably be wearing pink and black, and likely has dark skin.  Though all this could change depending…

Obviously I am still working on the cat!! This time it won’t be brown. It will be a contrasting color… And yes I want the cat to feel alive with movement!

I often like to make an underpainting like this before I go ahead and paint the whole thing in color with all the shading, contrast etc. This way I make sure I get the composition worked out in a simpler state rather than have to remake the whole thing if I didn’t get it right.

 

“The Dilemma of Venus” painting in progress by Bea Garth

I am nearly done with this painting. Just needs a bit more shadow and other little fudging. I have had some delays finishing it, but now am on it again.  This painting seems to express the dilemma of the feminine principle going through a rebirth in the world. She wants her male counterpart to participate, but is having some trouble getting that point across…

"The Dilemma of Venus" painting in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2016
“The Dilemma of Venus” painting in progress by Bea Garth, copyright 2016