- Diane Widler Wenzel
- The idea for COLOR BRIDGES came from many sources. Portland State College 1962,Professor Frederick Heidel's first painting assignment was to make a grid and explore mixing colors to arrange on the grid to see how they would look. Moving these painted pieces of paper on different backgrounds bring back 4 years of studying painting with Heidel. Each arrangement I have made are like his assignments. They have a goal of basics while allowing the emotions freedom. Another source was Professor Mary MacIntire at Western Washington University who was a member of Fiber Design and I had the honor of photographing for a statement about her process. She used to move around pieces of colored paper to design her fiber works.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
"Bengal Rose Painting" with a freshly applied UV protective, satin varnish poured over powdered and flaking paint. Also note that the picture has been switched from landscape to portrait. I'll eventually collage the bottom to the top.
The joys of painting on the floor by my warm wood stove came to an end when my husband reported Bengal Rose color on the bottom of his socks. I thought I had scrubbed up all the spills by the fireplace and that solved the problem. But last night the paint powdered and fell off the painting behind his dinner chair.
My reclaiming watercolor project is removed from our living area and is now in the shop studio.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook Orbs, watercolor on paper 30" x 22"
This is a time of reflection while I put together a show of 50 years of my paintings. After selecting just 40 from the ones in my collection and from borrowing some, the house is still just as crowded. My husband and I are stretching canvases to paint and then I have put a tinted coat of gesso to make a nice ground for the paintings.
I have new and gessoed over canvases in the shop studio and two piles to paint in the house studio. The sorting shelves of paper work has a shelf of recyclables. Interesting I thought I was going to make papers for collage and ended up modifying old paintings giving them some new life. A dozen have made it to keeper shelves.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Salvaging is a freeing experience. First I selected several hundred watercolors that are not special to me. Some are very old and good paintings but just not that great. I am painting either on the back or on top of bright color. I salvage all the paint from a tube, meaning I feel free to use large amounts of color. The fireplace is very warm and dries the puddles of paint with amazing speed.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Albany Public Library is a newly remodeled insurance building at 2450 14th Avenue SE. The exhibit can be viewed during open hours. Monday - Wednesday 10:00 AM to 6:00PM, Thursday - Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00PM, Sunday 1:00 PM -5:00 PM. The second floor exhibit titled "The Rest of the Story" will be up through February.
A 15 % commission goes to the Friends of the Albany Public Library.