When I was in high school, I loved photography and I had an obsession with farms and barns. I had this dream to drive across the country and take photos of barns. My younger brother knew of this fascination and he would help me spot barns to photograph during family vacations. He even made me a barn out of Popsicle sticks for Christmas one year. Unfortunately I have lost that barn. Wish I still had it or a photo of that amazing popsicle barn.
Although I never did take that drive, I still love barns and still photograph them every chance I get. But it is not until recently that I have wanted to put barns into my paintings. Now that I am painting barns, I decided to teach a course on barns and farms.
Every once in awhile I take the time away from watercolor and work in egg tempera.
Although I love the movement of watercolor, I also enjoy the stillness of egg tempera and find that it works well for certain subjects.
Egg tempera is where is egg is used as a binding agent, similar to the gum arabic in watercolor.
You can layer the paint similar to watercolor and it has a beautiful luminous glow when it completely dries.
For the paintings, I use ground pigments and mix them with egg yolk. The thing with egg tempera is that you have to use the paint once it is mixed. There is no leaving it overnight and returning the next day. Because of this, I don't do many paintings with this medium. However, if I had longer stretches of time in my studio, I would no doubt do more.
The painting was done from a photograph I took of a woman at Pioneer Village in Salt Lake City, Utah some years ago. I don't remember her name but I am grateful for her willingness to be my model.
I am looking forward to another painting excursion to Spain. So much so that I put together this little video to remind myself what the sun and warm weather looks like. It seems very enticing this time of year as I look out my window at the dark clouds and cold rain. I can't wait to submerge myself in this wonderful art retreat surrounded by other aspiring artists. I say aspiring because this retreat is for all levels of artists. It is a place to discover and acquire new artistic talents among like minded people. It is like a dream come true as you get to experience the artist life. Hope some of you can join me.
The course is May 16-24, 2014 in Andalucia, Spain. The retreat is hosted by Flavour of Spain. I will be teaching along with Rick McDiarmid. Space is limited to only 14 students and only a few spots are left!
If you do sign up by Feb 15, 2014, you will receive one of my original watercolors, valued at $500. For more information, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Horton from Flavour of Spain.
I find it exciting to start off a New Year filled with creative possibilities. I had a wonderful break visiting my family in Idaho for Christmas and enjoyed disconnecting from the digital world. My goal was to stay away from the emails, blogs, and everything that goes with that. I wanted to relax and spend time with my mother, my husband, and my kids.
Now I have something to share!
Here are a few things that we did do:
We did some caroling with the family.
Made gingerbread houses
My kids and their cousins waiting to see if Santa arrived.
It was so much fun to be around little kids again!
Santa did arrive!
Me and my mom
My kids with my mother.
The ornaments on the tree were hand painted by my mother.
Candy display in the Macy's window in Salt Lake City, Utah
We saw the beautiful lights at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
Visiting Temple Square at Christmas was my own family tradition when I was younger.
One of the highlights of our whole trip was to see the Sacred Gifts exhibit, sponsered by BYU.
This exhibit has been 12 years in the making and exhibits paintings of Christ as done by 3 artists. Some of the paintings were brought from Denmark and will probably never be seen outside of that country again.
I cannot express how moving it was to see some of these paintings. It was inspirational and made me grateful for the gifts of talent that these artists and the museum have shared.
Agony in the Garden
by Frans Schwartz
Now I feel refreshed and ready to get back to work.
Hope all of you have a happy, healthy, and creative 2014!