Can you have too much color?

Good morning my darlings! 

Recently my son, Declan Konesky, also a painter, has been coming for play dates at The Hutch once a week. I really enjoy the company and the creative conversation. There’s a scene in an Art21 episode about Elizabeth Murray in which her daughters visit her in her studio and they talk design and composition. I loved that interaction of parent/child and it tickles me that my own life plays out like that. 

One of the topics Declan and I have been pursuing are new workshop ideas. He’s formulating his own workshop plan centered around basic principles of color theory and expressive modern painting. Here’s an example of his style. 

Proud mom moment:-) 36×36

I’ve been wanting to do another mixed media painting workshop myself and focus more on composition. Personally I can fall into the trap of ‘more color’ when a painting isn’t going well rather than looking at better use of light vs dark and honing in a composition that way. 

So my idea for a workshop is to eliminate color and only use ‘black’ and ‘white’. Still play with all of the sexy supplies and art making materials but limit the use of color and force the use darks vs lights. I started experimenting on my own piece and haven’t gotten too far. I’d like to work on this piece further but have been out of town for a few days. I’ll revisit this idea next week when I return to work. Meanwhile, what do you think of working solely in black and white to hone your skills? Are you game?

Let me know! -staci XOXO 

Work in progress. Needs collage. Tar paper?

Snowmagedden 2014

Only in our little corner of the universe could I be working in the garage chopping frames wearing a pair of shorts, the doors open to the outside while I think about running to the store to buy kerosene for tomorrow’s impending ice storm. Today it was somewhere in the vicinity of 60 degrees. Tomorrow we are expecting a high of 30 and 5″ of show and ice. I’ve never lived anywhere else with this kind of crazy bipolar weather. 

I admit that I’m more than a bit excited. Sure, we live in the woods and lose power at the slightest gust of wind. And sure, our driveway is so steep that the UPS man won’t come down to deliver my art supplies to the door.  And yes, I’m planning on wearing flannel pajamas for the next 72 hours. But I made my son stack up the firewood on the back porch to keep it dry and I did fight someone for the last pint of goats milk so at least we will have fire and food…’ish. 

Now all I need to do is finish framing all of the artwork I’m taking to Atlanta to Trinity School’s Spotlight on Art and I am OFF DUTY! Yes. You read that right. I’m giving myself a snow day on Wednesday. THAT is something to get me excited. I’m going to enjoy my 72 hours of winter. Then it’s time to think Spring and plan for the next workshop in Nashville at Studio Be. I’ll tell you more about that next week. Here’s a peek…                                                                                                  



Got to go throw another log  on the fire. I’m planning ahead:~)