- Polly Madel
- l am a self-taught artist and a retired inner city school teacher. Several years ago I began painting watercolors while observing work done by artists who I thought had a special take on how they did portraits or used color. As a starting point for my pursuit to paint with determination a few of the artist I have become familiar with are the works of Alice Neel, Marlene Dumas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet,and Henri Matisse. “Warriors” is the series title I’ve given to a block of my work.. This series is initiated in part from the colorfully painted faces and bodies of native peoples, who decorate for the various stages of life from birth to death. When I look into their eyes, I see their souls. I feel that in portraying them in the deeply saturated colors and patterns and symbols of my own design, I capture a mystery of humanity which is reflected in their eyes. I always strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes, and use bold, vivid colors. I work very spontaneously, mostly in mixed aqua media on paper because I like the way the paint flows and I like the transparency of the colors resulting in an organic piece.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
I am making mini cards with some of my artwork. Each one is different...original pieces or art. Great for little notes to send someone or great as little gifts in packages of 4. Need to work on the packaging but I do know they will be in a protective plastic and will include matching envelopes. Any comments??
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
New beginnings. Saw this birds nest in a low bush. Could not believe mom built it so low. Used ink to make a quick drawing and then added some yellow later. All color is from the black ink running when it got wet.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Am doing an online sketchbook skool klass. It is a group of people across the planet who signed up for a 6 week course. Basically it is a lesson on how to develop a meaningful sketchbook and there are daily lessons.
Here is my first one.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Yesterday I was painting a lion as part of the Daily Paint Works challenge and the more I worked on the nose and mouth, the more I thought how much it looked like a Martini. I have been working on a Martini Series so I have Martinis on my mind. But, really, look at it...All I need to do is add the olives, right??
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
This little gem is 2.25" by 3.25" in a 5" by 7 mat".
It is ready to be framed in a standard sized frame.
Great for filling that little
space on your dresser or
giving as a message gift.
(Here is a piece of the rock for you)
(You are my rock)
(Solid like a rock)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
One more oldie but goody using the same technique used
in the previous post of painting a layer and washing some
of it off, then painting more. I forgot how much
I enjoyed doing these. Note to self: Do some more...
Friday, June 6, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
|Now that I will have so much nature to look at, |
I know I will find a whole new world of shapes
and colors to inspire me.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
This is what winters are like in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and let me tell you, warm clothes are a must. I have been not completing many paintings as my ballerina attempt made me realize I need much more practice. I have been doing lots of drawing...and shoveling of snow and just plain keeping warm. More to come soon when I do something post worthy. In the meantime, I do find beauty in the snow...In case you may not have thought of it, the mail boxes are often UNDER those snow banks. They are chiseled out later on the next go around.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
This piece is 12" by 12" with a 1.5 inch border of the white watercolor paper around it . It will give you options in terms of how you might want to frame and mat it. I have digitally show how it would look in a black frame.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Can you see that third Martini?? I couldn't help myself. I had to add another to my Martini collection . This is larger than the others and I like the larger size better. When matted with a standard double mat , this baby will fit in an 11 by 14 frame, which also is a standard size.
7 1/2 by 11inches - 300 lb archival Arches paper
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
I plan on doing 9 martinis. This is the first. Keep your eyes open for the next one. After doing 30 paintings in 30 days and still keeping up with my life, I needed a Martini..So the wheels started turning and this is what I decided to do. Once I have all nine done, I will price them both framed and unframed. Each one is going to be 5.5 by 5.5 and there are a number of ways they could be framed in a grouping. They would look great in a 10 by 10 frame, which is a standard frame size or and 8 by 8 frame which is more difficult to get unless you have it custom made. They could also be matted together with 2 or three in one frame. Lots of ways to making happy hour more decorative.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
What a great way to start the year. Here is a collage of the paintings I did in the first 30 days of January. One per day...and now my brain is filled with ideas of what to paint next and what techniques to use. Fun, fun fun....
I added one last touch on the Day 29 painting and I can't go back. This is so far from what I usually do as are many of the pieces I did in this 30 day challenge. I am not real thrilled with it but as someone wise told me, put it away for 2 weeks and then see it with fresh eyes.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
This is 27 out of 30 of the challenge and I am too pooped to pop with that ache allover feeling but want to honor my commitment to the 30 day challenge so I kept it simple ... very simple. Now to curl up and sleep.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
The Gram-mas and child decide it is time to
take a good long walk toward Lake Superior..
They LAUGH at the Polar Vortex and are
warmed by the bubble of their friendship
let us not forget the layers of snuggies, and the special tea Gram-ma packed for the adventure.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Do Real Men Wear Tutus? I think so. I have no idea where this painting came from. I had the Man in a tutu drawn on the large piece of paper and the rest just happened after hours of doing a bit of this and a bit of that. This is a mixed media using watercolor and collage. It is the 24th painting out of 30. It is 11 by 15 inches. I am going to miss this challenge. It has pushed me when I would have otherwise made an excuse not to paint and I have been able to see many other artist who have joined this challenge. I think I am one of over 200 participating in the challenge.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tennille has found her wings and has rediscovered that Butterflies are free. The Captain says "wha...."
(This one is day 23 out of 30..)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I finally finished the woman I started earlier this week and she has become my Menopausal Angel. She embraces all of the changes that are happening to her body and her mind and wears these changes proudly. What wisdom she has. Now I have to name her. For now I will call her angel of the morning...mainly because she is constantly getting up early in the morning to make trips to the water closet.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Twenty in Thirty
I painted this woman in an earlier painting in the 30 in 30 challenge but I was not happy with it and I wanted to give it another try with a looser style. Here she is. I am not finished with it. It needs a background but I am painted out for the day.
This is the first one I did. I am going to add to it and see what I can do with it. Will post when that happens
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
This is a former student of mine who was born in a refuge camp in Africa. What a little trooper this
one was at 3 years old. She wanted her picture taken while wearing this red sparkly hat and playing
in the dollhouse in our classroom. She is an old soul for sure.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Day 17 of 30. All I can say at this point is that painting one painting a day for 30 days makes you make time to do something, and just get the job done. Am learning a lot about color and not sweating the small stuff...lets not get started on figuring out Windows 8 in the meantime. The Windows 8 part is the hardest part.