I'm really jazzed to introduce Jane Davies today. Jane manages to teach at breakneck speed while still producing a body of strong (and wonderful) abstract art.
Her work is free and spontaneous but there is strong, well-practiced line, color, shape and composition that holds it all together beautifully. Man, her color is sophisticated. Knocks me out. And I get all droolly about her shapes like this:
You can float around like crazy in a piece like this. Here's Jane ...
"I have been working with the GelliArts gel plates for a couple of years, always trying new things. This is a technique for making stencils that I learned from Traci Bautista. The stencils are made using a glue gun and two sheets of parchment paper. Here I've used them as masks in the gel plate printing process."
Jane's use of just the three primaries in this video is a point I make to my painting students: limit your colors and learn to mix new colors from them. It will give your work unity.
I'm nuts about Jane's Red & Black series as well. Jane works quickly and in series and that always inspires me. She does a lot of exploration and that shows up in her work.
I hope you enjoyed having a look at Jane's work. She will be teaching "Stencils and Masks" at Art and Soul 2014 in Kansas City in March, and Virginia Beach in October. All artwork in this post are class samples.
See all of Jane's workshop offerings here. She's one of the artists that I drop in on often. Wasn't this worth it a week late?! Thanks Jane.