Belinda Del Pesco https://www.belindadelpesco.com Watercolors and Printmaking Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:49:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-bdp2015-32x32.jpg Belinda Del Pesco https://www.belindadelpesco.com 32 32 Watercolor – Overture from the Sky – and Five Tips to Make You Comfortable Exhibiting & Talking About Your Art https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/04/presenting-your-art-to-the-public.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/04/presenting-your-art-to-the-public.html#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:13:13 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/?p=8157 This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

Five tips to help make you comfortable presenting your Art to the Public I’ll be driving south for the San Diego Artwalk in a week. Standing in a booth with my art, surrounded by 350 other artists and 100,000 people is a pendulum swing of contrast from the usual artists’ solitude in the studio. Like an athlete pre-visualizing for a game, I’m framing art this week, scribbling notes about booth layout, and thinking about about everything from logistics to conversations.  Being prepared before presenting your art to the public makes these shows mangeable and fun to attend. I’ve been attending the San Diego ...[Continue reading]

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Monotype Printmaking – Learning to Love Books, and a monotype video from MOMA https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/04/printmaking.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/04/printmaking.html#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:10:39 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/?p=8255 This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

Making Art in Public Places For a few years, I exhibited watercolors and printmaking for a month at a time at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, California. Plant aficionados, trail hikers, botanists, beekeepers, school bus field trips and runners frequent the camellia forest there. I liked working on watercolors and printmaking in the gallery, because the gardens are incredibly quiet (the word descanso translates to a place of rest), the grounds are beautiful and it gave me an opportunity to discuss art making process with visitors. A Primer on Monotype Many of the folks I met at the gardens had a pleasantly vague ...[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Gold Mining and Tips for Making Art after Moving https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/04/monotype-6.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/04/monotype-6.html#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:27:00 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/?p=8118 This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

How Does Moving Affect Your Art? In a recent newsletter (you can read it here), I described an impromptu art-making party in the temporary home of a friend who lost her house and studio in the Thomas Fire. Four of us gathered around a folding banquet table with borrowed chairs and tote bags full of art supplies to cast a creative spell, and inaugurate the space that will be Didi’s art studio. Making Art in Unfamiliar Spaces How does one get back to art-making after the upheaval of a move? When the layout of the art room, and storage of supplies is opposite ...[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Solar Flare (and supporting research for a cure for Alzheimer’s) https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/03/monotype-printmaking-3.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/03/monotype-printmaking-3.html#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:59:49 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/?p=6784 This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

Monotype Ghost Prints My love-affair with monotypes continues with this floral still life, painted on a very faint ghost print.  I’m considering a monotype workshop in my new online school – http://www.belindatips.com – with particular attention to making monotypes without a press. Would you be interested in such a thing? Inspiring Monotype Art Here are some links to artists making painterly monotypes, specifically with watercolor (as opposed to the traditional, oil based printmaking inks). A few beauties by Edgar Degas, Paul Dougherty and Maurice Prendergast at the Cleveland Museum. Debra LePage’s watercolor monotypes, printed from yupo paper Heidi Fourie’s soft, tonal portraits in watercolor ...[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Morocco (making a collagraph with mat board and construction paper) https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/03/collagraph-4.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/03/collagraph-4.html#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/draft/collagraph-morocco-dateslocations-on-upcoming-spring-shows/ This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

What Inspires Your Art? I’ve always felt riveted by and drawn to the art, architecture and cultural styles of Morocco. Their particular flavor of color, detail and design is stunning. I have books on Orientalist paintings (this one is a favorite) that make me swoon with their painterly renderings of embellished walls, tiled floors, colored glass lanterns, and hand-printed fabrics. On My Art Library Book Shelves There are several painters whose work in these regions projected my affinity to new heights, like this one by John Singer Sargent, and this one by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (I have his book Winters in Algeria), or this ...[Continue reading]

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Watercolor Sketch – Hide and Seek (and artsy links for you) https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/03/watercolor-sketch.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/03/watercolor-sketch.html#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:22:47 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/?p=8094 This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

Indulge in Brevity I’m much obliged this week so this is brief; I have two great links for you, and a reminder.  Oh, and a question. And a watercolor sketch (above) of a corner in my kitchen with alstroemeria in the sunshine, and my neighbor’s adorable little red house playing hide and seek with the flowers around the window-frame. Press the Refresh Button Okay, so we’re in March already, and by now, resolutions for your increased creative output this year may have been rolled over to next week and next month by encroaching events on the calendar. Capiche? I feel your pain(t). But ...[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Untethered Cultivar, inspired by John Everett Millais’ Ophelia https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/02/monotype-5.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/02/monotype-5.html#comments Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:27:02 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/?p=8062 This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

How do you make a monotype? Monotypes are a very painterly form of printmaking. There’s no carving into the plate, no materials glued to the plate, and nothing applied to the plate’s smooth surface, beyond pigment. Inks can be rolled on the plate for full coverage with a brayer, and then removed with q-tips and scrapers to create an image in a subtractive process. This is called a dark field monotype, since you’re starting with a completely covered (or dark) plate. Dark Field vs Light Field You can also paint your image on the plate in a direct, additive manner, which is called ...[Continue reading]

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Watercolor: Mermaid Intern (and Beginning Watercolor) https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/02/watercolor-mermaid-intern.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/02/watercolor-mermaid-intern.html#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/draft/watercolor-mermaid-intern/ This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

Pick a Tough One Watercolor is a challenging medium if you dive into it for the first time without any direction.  It’s famous for artist-to-media break-ups and proclamations like “Oh, I tried watercolor once, and it came out AWFUL!”  The pigments re-wet after drying, many colors stain paper, making a need to lighten a passage almost impossible, it dries lighter than it looks when wet, and white sections of your final design are usually void of any pigment; the white of the paper has to be preserved in the painting plan.  But don’t hurt yourself trying to figure her out. Watercolor is just ...[Continue reading]

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Watercolor: Study for Sage and Cider (and some great links and upcoming art festivals) https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/02/watercolor-study.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/02/watercolor-study.html#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:33:10 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/?p=8021 This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

Springtime is the beginning of art festival season for me, and I hope you’ll gather art-loving friends and stroll in the sunshine to say hello if you’re near either of these two events: San Diego Artwalk: April 28 & 29, 11:00am-6:00pm Little Italy, San Diego, California This will be my 10th year exhibiting at this beautifully organized and artist-friendly festival. It’s on the water, and in the midst of the main area of Little Italy where all the restaurants and coffee shops are, so it’s a lovely place to stroll, and eat, and be inspired. Sierra Madre Art Fair: May 5 & 6, ...[Continue reading]

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Watercolor: Flirting (and why you should Exhibit Your Art) https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/02/exhibit-your-art.html https://www.belindadelpesco.com/2018/02/exhibit-your-art.html#comments Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:52:20 +0000 https://www.belindadelpesco.com/?p=7955 This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

Exhibit Your Art If you’re a beginning artist, it’s incredibly daunting to exhibit your art on a blog or on social media for the public to view, judge, or critique. But it’s important, and here are some encouraging reasons why. Pretend we’re having tea on a porch somewhere surrounded by majestic pine trees – serenaded by birdsong – and squinty rays of sunlight while we discuss this over a bowl of blueberries. Artists make art to Express. And Share. Artistic expression is a release, a purge of the heart, an assortment of poetic visual statements about how you see the world. Artistic sharing is ...[Continue reading]

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