Sunday, August 25, 2013

painting-a-day - diana I

diana (I)
acrylic on panel
8  x 10 

(click to see large)

from a photograph I took of a sculpture at the legion of honor - 
a very lovely art nouveau, fin de siecle 
bust of a woman wearing a little crescent diadem, 
I assume it's a depiction of the goddess diana, 


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

job (why do wicked men sometimes prosper?)


it's been a very long time since I've done a collage - this one, for how simple it appears, took a surprisingly long time.
Many of the pieces in my last exhibit were about breath and breathing.  This piece has that theme, as well as wondering about some of the perplexing questions about faith.


job (why do wicked men sometimes prosper?)
mixed media on handmade paper
(click to see large)
8 1/4 x 8 1/2




detail
(click to see large)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

upcoming hands-on acrylic painting workshop


there is still some space in my upcoming workshop - 


understanding paint -
a hands-on acrylic painting workshop

- learn how to make your paintings more luminous
- how to add texture
- how to make colors more vivid

In a relaxed, supportive environment, we will explore some of the ways that acrylics can be used. There will be demos, one on one help, creativity exercises, and the time to finish one small painting.
(plus, I throw in a bunch of useful painting and studio tips.
and a big pot of vegetable soup :-)

The workshop focuses on understanding how acrylics (and paint in general) works, and covers basic info on materials (supports, grounds, mediums, additives) - as well as a variety of techniques, such as glazing and scumbling.  Not even sure what any of that even means?  Don't be intimidated - past participants have included painting novices as well as professional artists   - no past painting experience necessary.



August 17th and 18th
10:30 to 5:00
berkeley, ca

Workshop is $215 + $25 materials

for more info, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me
claire@clairebcotts.com


Saturday, August 10, 2013

untitled - (woman with a wistful smile)



untitled - (woman with a wistful smile)
click to see large
acrylic on panel
8" x 10"
NFS

daguerrotype painting - young woman with a wistful smile.

I love looking at old photographs - tin types, daguerrotypes, cartes de viste.
It's like a window into the past.
I didn't quite capture the wonderful subtle smile on her face…..
I'll try again at some point

Thursday, August 08, 2013

painting-a-day two gulls, fort mason

two gulls, fort mason
9.5 x 12
acrylic on panel





Tuesday, August 06, 2013

cat sleeping (thunder)

cat sleeping (thunder)
SOLD
8x10
acrylic on panel

thunder is the wonderful house cat where I was housesitting in sebastopol.
whenever thunder comes in and rubs up against me, I can't help but singing 
"and he strikes (dah dah dah)… like THUN....der ball!!"

ginger, the dog, is completely devoted to thunder….I don't totally understand the dynamic between them-  when ginger is alone in the house, she gets the dog bed, but as soon as thunder enters the cat door, ginger  relinquishes the bed to thunder, and finds a place on the floor.

I love watching cats and dogs sleep, the little twitchy movements of their paws and faces-  the unknowable mysteries of the adventures they have in their sleep.








Monday, August 05, 2013

a painting a day (more or less) - black and white hen

To get me back into the painting habit, I'm reviving the painting-a-day*.

Just got back from sebastopol, a week in the country, house-sitting.
Lovely - chickens, ducks, and a really, really mean goose.
Starting off the paintings with a silly chicken painting -
sadly, not from life (I've included a photo of an attempt to even photograph a chicken - they were attracted to the red beads of my necklace, and kept pecking at them.)

black and white chicken
acrylic on panel
8x10
sold

black and white chicken (detail)

hold still, hold still…..

yikes!

holding my favorite

four chickens, little farm at tilden park

* painting-a-day, with the occasional day or so off for camping trips, etc