Friday, January 1, 2016

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2016!

2016, can you believe it? 2015 was a great year! Our son got married to an awesome girl and moved from Alaska to Ohio. I graduated from Wright State University with my Bachelors of Fine Art. Everyone is healthy and happy. And I succeeded in drawing every single day in 2015. Some days produced large detailed drawings, other days produced quick sketches but everyday found me drawing. Drawing daily meant finding subject matter. The obvious answers were found in my immediate surroundings: the cats, our grand-dog, my husband, and myself. Luckily, we traveled a bit so I also got to draw people waiting on planes, on subways, and hanging out in public. 

My husband and cat. A blind contour of my husband. My nephew.

Self portraits. 
The last one started as a cat drawing but in typical fashion, the cat left the room right after I started drawing.

The drawing on the left, Molly, was my last drawing for 2015. 

My goals for 2016 include daily drawing because the only way to get better at something is to practice.
Happy New Year,

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hand Colored Relief Print, Take 1

Under the Apple Tree
6 x 4.5" hand colored relief print 
This is my first hand colored print. It started off as a woodcut relief print, a black and white image on paper. A woodcut print is a type of  relief printmaking. It is created by simply carving the whites in your image out of a piece of wood, inking the carved piece of wood (usually in black), and then printing the image. The image prints in reverse so that always gives you a bit of a surprise ending. See the relief print below.
 Under the Apple Tree
6 x 4.5" woodcut on paper
I printed this image 6 times, the beauty of printmaking, using oil based ink. The plan was to use those prints to learn how to hand color a print. First, I had to purchase watercolor paint. A fellow artist recommended Daniel Smith watercolors. I purchased his essentials set (6 tubes, 5ml each, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 2 reds, and 2 blues). I figured that would be a good place to start. Next, came watching "how to watercolor" videos that I found an abundance of on Pinterest. Not that watching videos makes you an expert but it certainly gives a painter enough information to hand color a print. Then, I needed a surface for painting on paper. At my university's print lab, the walls are mostly covered in a painted bulletin board type surface allowing you to pin prints to the wall. When you work with prints that are printed on wet paper, you pin the fresh print to the wall using multiple pins spaced about an inch apart. The prints dry nice a flat because you have basically stretched them on the wall as they dry. I decided to roll with that idea since my print would become wet due to the nature of working with watercolors and I wanted the print to dry flat. I simply applied left over clear contact paper to left over bulletin board pieces in our workroom. The contact paper seemed appropriate since the bulletin board material is unprimed. You could also prime or gesso the bulletin board to keep it from staining your wet paper.  My husband cut me a piece of board the same width as the contact paper to keep it simple and manageable. My board is now 18 x 26." Here is a photo.

the hand colored print next to it's Relief Woodcut twin
  I look forward to painting a few more of these but I also plan to enjoy the black and white image.
Thanks for joining me,

Monday, December 28, 2015

Patti Vincent's Studio

Merry Christmas (a little late)
 my adaptation of Hans Memling's Adoration of the Magi
Yes, I am still alive. Please excuse my absence. Please welcome me back into your inbox and your lives. Working on my Bachelors of Fine Art was very time consuming. I was painting, drawing, and printing all the time but did not find time to blog about the experience on a daily basis. I drew every day in 2015 (more on that in another post to come). I was painting large and constantly working on a printmaking project. I am infatuated with Relief printmaking and Intaglio. So, since I graduated with my BFA on December 19, I have time to blog. But, I want to blog about drawing, printmaking, painting and art talk. So, this is the inaugural post for my new blog, Patti Vincent's Studio. I will still paint small on a frequent basis and accept commissions. Please join me for the journey.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Molly, 10 x 8" oil on canvas

Molly is our granddog. She recently moved to Dayton, Ohio. She and her parents are staying with us until their household goods arrive from Alaska. She is a very good dog and is especially tolerant of my artistic side. I have featured her in daily drawings, oil paintings, and I am working on a relief print. Below is a pic of her being sweet, as always.
and yes, she's got full size ears to add to her cuteness...
thanks Molly dog!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Selection 2015

Summer Selection, oil on panel, 6 x 6"
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I have been hanging out in Colorado for the past couple month. The selection of flowers this summer is amazing. Best of all, these are all yard art.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pup Paintings for Art Walk 2015

 Sunny Chihuahua, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 x 1.25"

 Bathtub Time, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 x 1.25"

 Best Buddy, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 x 1.25"

The Scout, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 x 1.25"

I Love You, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 x 1.25"
All 5 of these paintings are available via my website or at Gone to the Dogs this weekend during Salida Art Walk. They are all painted on 1.25" deep gallery wrapped canvases and are ready to hang.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Plein Air Portrait

 en Plein Air Portrait, 10 x 8", oil on linen panel

So the afternoon started off innocently enough. I decided to paint outside (en plein air) from nature. I took the easy route and stayed on my back deck over looking the Arkansas river and hills. My painting was a bust so I wiped it off. Then, I noticed my reflection in the window that was behind me during that ill fated landscape attempt. So I did what any good artist does, I turned around and tried another view. By this time of day, I was standing in complete shade but the sky was bright blue so I did have some nice subtle lighting.
close up of my loose brush strokes, my favorite kind but not always easy to obtain