Monday, January 25, 2016

"Lemoncello" and "Ripples"

I made good use of the recent snow storm by spending time on my newest painting.
So great to have a nice long stretch to concentrate.
How crazy are all these colors?! 
But that's why I chose it.

"Lemoncello", watercolor, 18" x 24"
Work in Progress
©Carmella Tuliszewski

The colors and shapes bounce all around to each other.
This is my first time painting my new hand blown glass globes and the refractions inside each is daunting but fabulous to decipher.
I picked the dish up while on a trip to Italy three years ago.

Now to the cloth.
Adding shadow to yellows is difficult because they can become "dirty" looking very quickly.
It has taken many glazes to get it this far and I think I will let it be for now.
Color reacts to it's surroundings.
I need to see the cloth in relation to all the other objects to judge what the next step 
should be before I overwork it.

When I was a middle school art teacher I loved teaching color theory.
I brought out my prisms and flashed spectrums around the room,
used handprinted cards to demonstrate simultaneous contrast, 
and taught how to create depth with color values.  
I learned alot in those days, things I forgot I knew.
And as a result I understand and adore color.
I may over saturate my paintings but it's intentional and maybe not for everyone.
But for now it makes me happy every time I sit at my table.

All dressed up and ready for it's trip to New York!
I picked up my painting for the American Watercolor Show today from my framer.
I cut my own mats and sometimes restore vintage frames for my pieces but I thought this more modern looking work needed a fresh new frame.
The silver compliments the predominately cool color scheme.
Overall size is 30"x 34"

Well back to Grandmom duties, wedding planning and 
hopefully a little painting!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A New Year

I have been very neglectful of this blog page!
But I'm here now to catch up a little.
December was filled with busy and fun family life
and January is shaping up the same way.
Sometimes life gets in the way of painting and that's just fine 
with me because I know how fortunate I am to have these happy distractions.
But I digress

My cartoon family returned this year with the new addition of my 8 month old grandson.

A family photo from Christmas Eve.

I am still working on my painting "Lemoncello" although progress will be slow this month.
I am looking after my grandson three days a week while my daughter in law 
temporarily returns to work.
And I am busy with all my daughter's bridal shower, wedding plans and new home purchase,
all fast approaching this Spring! Yikes!

Here are Larry and I this past New Years Eve 
out in Philly enjoying the fireworks, dinner and lots of champagne.

And I got the best news this week!
"Ripples", Watercolor,  20" x 22"
©Carmella tuliszewski

My painting "Ripples" has been accepted into the 

American Watercolor Society’s 149th Annual International Exhibition 
to be held in the historic 
Salmagundi Club in New York City April 4-23.

I have submitted to this most coveted of shows the past two years to no avail.
And although the pieces I submitted were juried into other very respected exhibits, 
it still stung to not break through in this one.

This is a highlight of my career and I am just thrilled.
I will post about the process and dinner/ reception in New York in April.

The best of Happy New Years to you all!
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