Art & Design
I finally took the time to visit the Honolulu Academy of Art last week-end, mainly to view the Biannual Artists of Hawaii Exhibit in gallery 28. To my surprise, the employee at the ticket counter suggested that a free tour with a volunteer would be available - so I spent a nice morning stroll through the Academy with Frederick Smith, a volunteer who also participates at the Academy's printing workshop across the street. On the way, we made a stop a the exhibit of Rembrandt etchings (which falls into his line of expertise).
The Hawaii Artists Exhibit itself had some beautiful and surprising pieces: Bradley Capello. "Biscuit Diamond Altar," (a pop-up like collage with cardboard and other mounted materials), Keith Tallett. "Tattoo Williams (old English)" (a photograph of a tattooed apple banana), a meadow of flowers made from recycled spoons, forks and plates, a large format board with tiretracks looking like tapa/tattoos displayed with a surfboard type varnish - there were plenty of innovative ideas.
I rounded off the visit with the Hiroshige woodblock print exhibit (a lovely collection) and the current "Art of Tea" exhibit (which commemorates the anniversary of a local tea ceremony). For the tea exhibit I do recommend taking the tour if you can, by itself the instruments and utensils are nice but not remarkable - in my opinion, it takes a friendly guide the to get the whole experience...
And this time, I also remembered to take my sketchbook to spend some time in the terrific court yards of the museum - a fitting end to a great morning!
Exhibition Overview Artists of Hawai‘i is the largest, longest-running all-media juried exhibition in the state. Since the exhibition’s inception in 1950, more than 1,900 artists have had the opportunity to share their work with the community.
This year marks the 59th anniversary of the biennial exhibition, and the juror is Michael Rooks, the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. He has selected an outstanding spectrum of 118 works by 79 artists.
Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Bleeding Money #2
FINAL: Bleeding Money#2 Cornelia Jolitz
The background decal of this painting was made at the same time as #1, with the same Baltic Green one color decal print.
This time I managed to etch out a high contrast that really worked for the George Washington portrait, the process of laying down the wash layers was a lot quicker and decisive.
After the simple white washes, the charcoal outlines define the sillhouette. Applying clear water on the unfixed charcoal blends into smooth shadows and makes dark drips. A rough layer of white completes the face and surrounding, and the final finish is a layer of Bright Yellow Green.
"Bleeding Money#1" in progress
"Bleeding Money #1" Step 2&3
Unfortunately, I have been too busy to continue my Emotion series or the decalcomania studies until now since I was burried in my regular design art work. But now - finally - the continuation of at least one of my projects!
After a bit muddy results with using four colors at a time, this time, I stuck with just one color to make the decal pattern and I have to say it made a lot of difference. A lot more shapes are visible and the eye starts to sort out levels of foreground to background possibilities all on its own. To keep it interesting, I dampened part of the paper with green tea before the print. It made some of the paint fade and run like a watercolor wash.
After adding a few darker washes, the 'horizon' line, foreground liquid and drip/torrents become more pronounced (Step2) - although I have to be carful not to cover up the initial pattern too much. The final wash is dark avocado green (Step3).
Next step is apure white 'decal' and highlight layer to get more contrast. And finally, the etching lines and details are added with pencil strokes (FINAL).
If you have any experience with this technique, and/or photos of paintings using similar themes or techniques - I would love to hear from you!
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.