more recent painting

This is my most recent painting. I really enjoyed creating it—especially I was pleased with the colors and the line work in this image. 

Reveal, Rachel Leising Soo, Watercolor, acrylic mediium and ink on Lana 300 lb watercolor paper, 21" x 28"

Detail, Reveal.

Juried Exhibition

Ripening, was included in a juried exhibition, All Media 2012, at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in Irvine, California.

Rachel Leising Soo, Ripening, Watercolor, acrylic medium and ink on watercolor paper, 14.5" x 22"

 


Overflow

This is a painting I finished yesterday. 

Overflow, watercolor, acrylic medium and ink on watercolor paper, 21" x 29"

Newest paintings

I'm really enjoying sticking to my goal of finishing 2 paintings a week.

Eruption, watercolor, acrylic medium and ink on watercolor paper. 


Sanctuary, watercolor, acrylic medium and ink on watercolor paper. 

New painting

This is a painting I finished last week.

Rachel Leising Soo, Submerged, Watercolor, acrylic medium, and ink on watercolor paper.  

Inspiration on way to work

Earlier this spring, I saw these beautifully intricate spider webs covering the surface of some shrubs. 

It made me think about some of Christo and Jeanne Claude's wrapped trees. From the photos I've seen of the installation, it must have been very unique, especially during sunrise and sunset, with the transparency of the wrapping material allowing the silhouettes of the tree branches to show through them. 

http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/wrapped-trees?images=completed

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98, Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1998 Christo

 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98, Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1998 Christo

I also saw something hauntingly beautiful—trees covered in spider webs after floods in Pakistan—online several months at National Geographic.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/pictures/110331-pakistan-flood-spider-trees-webs/#/pakistan-floods-drive-spiders-into-trees-overview-mosquitoes_34031_600x450.jpg

 

 

 

Creating a collagraph plate

I've taken two collagraph classes at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in the past year, taught by printmaker Lindsay Buchman. It has been such a wonderful chance to learn new skills and experiment with techniques and printing methods. I decided to create a realistic image of a turtle for my boys in this design. Building a collagraph plate feels similiar to making a collage, but includes additional steps of sealing, inking the plate, and finally printing on a press.

Working in reverse requires some planning ahead, but the end results of printmaking are so exciting, especially at that special moment when you pull the print from the plate! 




 

 

Check out the Irvine Fine Arts Center for information about printmaking classes and the open studio. 

http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/finearts/

High Line

Last October, we went to New York for a long weekend trip. One of the gardens we visited was the High Line park.  

It's a beautiful and unique park elevated above the city streets, built on an old freight line. 

There is a great story behind the preservation of the historic freight line, read more about it at http://www.thehighline.org/about/park-information