Hello, Golden Residency, and Hello, Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors!
Setting up my studio for work.
My space was on the third floor and the views were gorgeous!
First attempts with acrylics on canvas.
“Technicals” were such a gift! The instructors were so helpful. Golden attracts amazing people!
“Technicals” – learning about Golden Acrylics!
“Technicals” – learning about Williamsburg Oils!
“Technicals” – learning about faux tools and processes!
Lots of room to work in my studio.
Preliminary drawing on canvas.
My last day of painting in my studio, I finally got into a rhythm with acrylics!
Breezy afternoons, catching up on reading.
The residency barn from across the field. Studios are on the top two floors. The individual living quarters and the kitchen/common area are all on the first floor.
A gorgeous kitchen, perfect for cooking together and being creative with all the offerings from the local farmers’ markets.
A table made for large gatherings or an afternoon of catching up on The Sun.
The residents’ private living quarters were perfect.
Meadow life was a constant source of entertainment: deer, fawns, birds, and sweet little rabbits.
Just one of the gorgeous sunsets.
Open Studios marked the end of our month of work and learning. It was an amazing night to reconnect with all the wonderful people we had met. My fellow residents became dear friends and I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity to get to know them!
Packing up the last of my paints to return to the Materials Room. I was so sad to leave but I took so many inspiring gifts with me. Thank you, Barb, Emma and Mark!
Endurance, 29 x 49 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Flicker, 20 x 30 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Fortify, 34 x 49 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Coupled, 20 x 30 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Across, 20 x 30 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Apart, 20 x 30 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Periphery to Yellow, 29 x 49 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Black Center, 20 x 30 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Three, 20 x 30 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Natural Lines, 29 x 49 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
Guarded, 20 x 30 inches, oil and graphite on paper, 2013- SAGF
This is a description of my time in residence that I posted for the Residency Open Studios:
During the past month at the Golden Foundation Residency, I have split my energy between oils and acrylics.
For the past 23 years, I worked solely in oils but I never truly experienced the color, quality or texture of what oils could be until I had the opportunity to work with Williamsburg Oils. My life has changed; my art practice has been renewed. This may sound like hyperbole but it’s true: I’m overwhelmed by the luxuriousness of these paints every time I drag them across a surface and see the colors explode into variations I never could have imagined. It was a struggle to pack up the oil paints three weeks into the residency and turn my focus to acrylics.
BUT, once I started to work with the acrylics, I was immediately engaged – what were these paints? Why would I choose these over oils – especially since I had just discovered the most amazing oil paints ever?
I was in turmoil.
I was really struggling…destroying canvases, overworking surfaces – confusion settled into my studio…and then I gave up. I’ve found in my art practice that giving up is the hardest thing to do. But it can also be the turning point, and in this case it was.
My initial goal working in acrylics was to embrace canvas (I paint on panel or paper when using oils). I have always been drawn to fabric and I wanted to find a way to allow the fabric to work with the paint but to do this with oils had always been disappointing.
As soon as I allowed the fabric to stand as its own element and stopped trying to use acrylics in the same way I would use oils, I began to see what the acrylics could do. I’ve found them to be light, airy and fast. They embrace my impulses and then force me to give up control – the paint leads me through the painting.
I don’t paint the same way in acrylics as I do in oils and for that reason I think they will mesmerize me for a long time to come.
© Copyright Rose Umerlik 2020.