Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Abstraction for me seems to be another way of saying "loosening up" because there is no mistaking what most of these small studies are, even though I painted them with less detail. 

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 8,  4x3"

My exercises continue focusing on color, composition, and on making each mark really matter. Like in the piece above, those dots of red really make the piece for me. 

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 4,  3X4"

It's hard not to keep going on these. I want to make more detail and explain myself more - yet, when I see these here, it's obvious that they read for what they are without all the extra marks. 

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 6, 3x3"

The alternating colors activate the space. I like the effect. 

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 1,  3X4"

All of them are fun and quick and are oddly exhausting!

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 2,  3x3"

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 9, 3x3"

For directions on how to try them yourself, check this post here.
Thanks for reading!  ~kmw

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Push yourself

 As an art instructor, I often say the same things over and over. Describing color and detail and abstraction while teaching a workshop, I explained ways one may loosen up and explore relationships in art.  It seemed appropriate that I taught by example and so I made these few studies.

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 3, 4x3"

Pick a reference at random. Collect all the colors you think are needed to render your study. In pastel this is such fun - selecting your color notes and laying them near each other to see how they relate. Test yourself to use only the colors you initially select. Test yourself more by putting a limit on the amount you can choose ;)

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 5,  3X4"

Goodness me, they were such fun! And while they're 'abstracted' they aren't abstract. You know it was a sunset sky, a cottage lane, and a beach and treeline inspiring these works.

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
STUDY No. 7, 3x3"

And all of this came from this more serious piece on gessoed gatorboard. I'll get back into it, but during the workshop, it was too fussy for me. It was the piece that spurred me to the first one in this post - which I have to say I like MUCH better than this.

©2013 Kim Morin Weineck
The start of a sunset in pastel on kraft-paper gatorboard with a pastel ground

For me it's going to be about finding a balance. When I posted the album of these studies on my Facebook page I was so SEIZED UP and went to delete the album on numerous occasions. (In fact, I still may do that.)

All of my studies. I love how they look together!

Good things will come from this practice. Color relationships are trued up. Composition skills are increased. I can guess that my class will be exploring this idea as well in a near future class! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Recharging the creative juices

In true me form I paint a lot and then go fallow.
Lately I have been researching subject matter and looking at art.

This photo is from my October show
at Gallery9 October 2012.
My girls are in red with two of my nephews.
Goodness, they make me happy!

This recharging process is filled with anticipation of what could come next.

Believe it or not, I'm thinking it could be some figures.
I haven't painted the figure in FOREVER! But I can do it.

Here are my girls walking out into the rain.
This one looks like a painting already!

Will I take it on? In what medium? We'll have to wait and see.

One thing is certain---
I got a new easel for Christmas and I'm jonesing to use it!

Thanks for reading!