she's got that charleston swag in her brush strokes, i tell ya.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Oh heavens to betsy. I've found a new obsession/inspiration to my artwork. Here is the amazing work of Charleston artist, Teil Duncan. Known for her color block nudes and beach scenes, I can't even begin to tell you how inspired and in love I am with her work. This photo right here of her wall space in her studio just dripping in her work is nothing short of marvelous and I'd dream to have this in my home. I can't tell you how bad I've been swooning over her color palettes. This girl has got her color palettes down to an art, no pun intended.

And let's talk about the nudes. I normally don't go crazy over nude paintings. I'm not offended by them if they are tastefully done, but most nude artwork is tastefully done. Therefore, I'm really never offended. I don't view it as pornography and having been in numerous figure study classes, I have a new view and take on it, which I won't get into. Would I ever become a nude painter, no, probably not, but when someone chooses color palettes such as these and this color blocking technique, I'd buy a gazillion nude paintings. There is something so effortlessly chic and feminine with this work. It's more so abstracted brush strokes that give a beautiful take on women and their femininity. I would love to have this in a powder room, or even by a vanity area. I cannot stop day dreaming about her work and how talented she is.

Her medium consists of Gouache and Acrylic. I used to be so anti-acrylic since I was so in love with oil, but after working with acrylic here and there this past semester in my Watermedia IV class, I've grown to ease into it and form a little crush, if I don't say so myself. Gouache, I LOVE. So, I'm inspired to play around with these two mediums as Duncan does, and give it a whirl.

I haven't really produced much new work so far since the semester ended. I did put an end to my Vintage Americana Vogue painting that I began a year ago and I fell in love with the ending results. I'll post later. I want to start selling my work, but the larger the canvas, the pricier it becomes, both for me and buyers. Oil's are just so whopping expensive that working with large scale canvas takes a load of paint, especially when I work with palette knives which is my numba one tool for abstracts. So, I wanna try something new, and start working on smaller canvas, take a break from oils and experiment more with acrylic and gouache, which dries in no time so the amount of work I can get done will double. They are also less expensive and you use less paint, and the double plus, shipping will be less expensive and easier to ship! You see where I am going with this? I wanna create smaller abstracts that people can hopefully swoon over for their office space, or a gallery wall. Just a beautiful little nic nac for their home. You got it?

So wish me luck, Im off to the studio today.

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