Artist have used wood as a painting surface sense the beginning of time but modern artists are giving it a whole new look. I am so fascinated by the work of Alison Moritsugu and Meni Chatzipanagiotou. Moritsugu is a Hawaiian artist who is known for her detailed traditional style on unique wood rounds. I love her installation named “Wilderness” pictured above and below.
Meni Chatzipanagiotou is an artist from Greece who does beautiful wood cut style art on wooden rounds. Her work was a surrealist feel combined with a traditional style. I love these two pieces pictured below.
For my latest painting I used a birch wood round gathered from the home of this adorable baby girl. I’m excited that the surface will have significance to the family as well as the painting. This one of my first times painting on wood and I learned a lot through the process. The wooden round was already well sanded and smooth. I sketched out the silhouette of my subject and then filled it in with white acrylic primer. I then painted the portrait with oils and oiled the wood once I was finished. This process worked OK but I think a clear acrylic sealer or primer would have worked better for a portrait.
Today is International Women’s Day and I’m highlighting three amazing women artists that I admire. Being an artist isn’t easy and the field is even more difficult for women. Although I am only writing about three for the sake of time, I admire any woman who continues creating and inspires others around her.
Pages from “Sketchbook for the Artist.” by Sarah Simblet
1.Sarah Simblet is an amazing artist and writer. I admire her ability to draw loosely and fluidly as well as detailed and realistically. Being adept at all drawing media and styles is the sign of a great artist. Sarah’s book “Sketchbook for the Artist” is one of my favorite books on drawing. She has written several other instructional books over her career including, “Botany for the Artist” and, “Anatomy for the Artist.”
2.Erin Anderson is a young artist that paints beautiful realistic portraits. Anderson paints primarily with oil on copper. The copper background gives her paintings a modern abstract element that is truly stunning.
3.Camille Leidigh is the last artist but certainly not the least. I have admired Camille’s work from as far back as I can remember because she is my mother. She is the artist that taught me to always strive to do my best. She was my first watercolor teacher. She was the one that read through volume after volume of art history books with me in high school. She was the first artist that inspired me to create. Camille Leidigh proved to me that you don’t need to be famous or have your art in galleries to influence and inspire others. I don’t think it is any coincidence that four out of five of her children artists. Here are a few of her amazing paintings.
So, think about it. Who are some women artists that have helped or inspired you? Don’t forget to acknowledge them and thank them if you can.