- Gina Louthian-Stanley
- Virginia, United States
- I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Each morning on my way to work, I often stop to take photos of various landscapes along the way. This week was particularly intriguing. The morning sun was reflecting through the clouds and the snow created a surreal aura.
(Yes, that WAS me driving and snapping photos. Sorry...)
It is all about being in the right place at the right time...
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Back in the early 80's I began making collages. Many of those ended up being made in to cards or miniature pieces of art. I created what I called at the time, 'Spirit People' (Matrix Gallery in Blacksburg, Virginia still carries them to this day.). I was very intrigued with the imagery and patterns. I began painting them. I did a few in watercolor, a few miniature sculptural versions, and created monotypes on Rives printmaking paper, and then ....I discovered clayboard!
Red Spirit Monotype (C) gls
The very first monotype on clayboard that I created was an abstracted figure. I did a series of eight monotypes and abandoned them an moved on to landscapes, why, I do not know. I sold two and could not bear to sell the rest. Two of them have won awards of distinction. I hung them in my studio to remind myself to always try new and different media, but mostly because creating art is spiritual...in essence. Each piece is a lesson...and each piece is a narrative of the spirit.
Learning to Fly Monotype (C) gls
Since I have been able to immerse myself in creating, on and off, these last few weeks, I decided to continue working the series I began so long ago.
Coffee Shop #5 monotype (C) gls
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Out of all my snow images, this one is my favorite because it is extremely meditative...I could have watched the 'hard, cold' water flow around this snow covered rock much longer....but it was cold. Everything was quiet, except for the 'hard, cold' water.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
makes for more creative time.
The driveway is now shoveled, well, at least good enough to get out if I have to.
All the chores are done, soup and whole wheat bread is made.
Time to create more monotypes...
Since I ran out of clayboard, I had to fumble around for a comparable substrate. I gessoed some 8" x 8" cradled masonite panels and decided that would work. While they worked quite well, they also had a different absorbtion and textural rate than the clayboard. I was pleased with the outcome!
Spreading Oak Monotype on gessoed board (C) gls
Colorful Woods Monotype on gessoed board (C) gls
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Snow days are wonderful for immersing oneself in painting. That is exactly what I have been doing, in-between cups of hot tea and glances out the window to view the ever-changing aspects of creek and woods.
I have been seeking the perfect paper for the watercolor images I am creating. Yesterday, I tried Yupo paper. (I know this is silly, but I just do not like the name. It reminds me of the little car, Yugo!) I wanted to work with watercolor. Well, it makes a great wash! I was soon to find out however, that when I went back to work on my piece, the paint lifted and most of my original wash was gone. "%$#@!" So, I was determined to at least make something out of this piece. I found that by using watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils I could add some interesting textures. Once dry, I checked it and found out, NO, it is not fixed. So, if you plan on using watercolor on Yupo, you have to fix it with a mat finished fixative or add a tad of Liquatex to the watercolor paint if you want it to fix. I have to say, even though I love the brightness and texture effects of the paper, it does not win the perfect paper prize for me.
Lake Fall watercolor on Yupo (C) gls 9" x8" unframed