Monday, December 19, 2011

Mono Print Quilt

mono-print quilt

My exposure to surface  design actually left me with good feelings. Was a little apprensive but all in all it was not a bad experience. Here's my first quilt. It's a mono-print. Done using our local environment and culture. I chose dance as my inspiration: the limbo, Indian, belle, pique. I looked at movement, colour and energy of each. Very proud of  it.

Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Another one Bites the Dust!

Portfolio presentation day


My first time carving-anything! The material is plaster



The result. Still lots to do on it but this was fun!












Another semester has gone into remembrance. Did lots of new things. Found out that design isn't too bad-still not my cup of tea but not all that bad. Here are some highlights of my first semester in level two.

Two more pots for you!
Did sgrafito on this one.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Look What I Did!


 I've been doing ceramics. For  the past six weeks we've been doing glazes. Here are two of the five pieces I did. Very proud of myself I must say!
Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Saturday, November 19, 2011

What's going on?

Been very busy with school. In between I took part in a group exhibition, started a new blog to do my part to fill the gap that exists in the art conversations in the media here. (You can check my blog out here) I'm also working toward another exhibition and painting and growing as an artist.
Thought I'd share what I'm up to with you in terms of artwork. It's oil on canvas. Much to be done still. Yes it's a nude. Don't usually do nudes but I'm an artist.
Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Things



Been having fun with clay and making pots in Ceramics I. These are the unfired pieces. As soon as they have been fired Will let you see.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Breaking the Delinquency

Flower Garden
15x18, oil on board
I'm posting for two reasons. The first is because I've been delinquent with my blogging so I'm breaking that right now and the second is to share some news.

I am now a member of the group Canvas Caribbean and have been invited to be part of  an exhibition of works entitled "Shades of Hue" at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

This is one of the two pieces that will be part of this show, along with "The Benevolent: Silk Cotton Tree Tobago" If you're in Trinidad stop by . The show starts at 4pm at the University.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Things are Looking UP





"WELCOME new emerging artist! Greta Michelle Joachim from Trinidad/Tobago... A self-taught artist who loves to capture the beauty of her island home en plein air..."
Just wanted to share this news with you. I m now a part of ArtOMG ,the 'daughter' to the Sharp Art Gallery founded by Christine Sharp.
I'm excited! To some this may not seem like much but to me it marks a forward motion; an improtant inroad. So rejoice with me. God is good!
Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday!

Art Society's building in Federation Park


About to head down to ASTT (Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago) for a painting session. Just popped in to let you know that my work is being featured on the blog Woman of Colour. Check it out!
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Power!

Pounding Surf
8x10, oil on canvas, painting knife.
 2011

Some of the most poignant examples of God's power and majesty can be found on the East Coast of Trinidad, where the currents are fed by the Atlantic Ocean and therefore the waves are high and they pound the rocks mercilessly; with a roar like a thunderclap. This is so especially during the rainy season.

It's a pity that more people don't appreciate the fact that God made the seas and it's there for all to enjoy. Soon a lot of places that have memorable views will be barricaded behind concrete walls; their beauty selfishly hidden.
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Monday, July 11, 2011

Of Painting Knives and Journeying

 
En Route de Camps.
 12x16, oil on panel, palette knife. 2011


Been practising with painting knives quite a lot lately. It has always been one of the painting techniques that excites me, so I've decided to spend more time with it; getting to know the ins and outs of using them and also just having fun even when I don't feel like I've accomplished what I set out to do. The fun is in the learning
 Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thank God it's Friday!

wip
12x16

School is out and I've no intentions of wasting time. This is my first piece for July. Couldn't wait to share it with you. Still working on it. Think I want to scrape down that sky,. I'm using painting knives on this and will use them on most of the work I do this month.

Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Monday, July 4, 2011

I'm Back!!!

So nice to be back at it. I've been MIA for a month now. Hoping and praying that the service provider would fix the internet service. Ever notice when the problem's theirs they tend to drag their feet? Anyway, I'm back!!
Been busy with tying up and closing off the term so not much painting... yet. I did do something though.


Daddy Dyett
12x16, oil on canvas
I don't  consider myself a portrait artist. Every now and then I cross that divide and try to capture a face that inspires me. This one is extra special. It's my father-in-law. I painted this for him for father's day. He didn't know the photos were going to be used for this purpose. All he knew is that he was being posed.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tekapo

Tekapo
6x8, oil on panel
There is an eerie beauty in emptiness. This is what drew me to this area as I did my virtual walk for the June virtualpaintout of New Zealand. I was drawn to the simplicity and emptiness and of course the light that filled the sky. A nice warm up exercise I think.

Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Updates

 Added a new element to my blog. Since I am unable to update my website the way I would like because of some technical difficulties until i get my system repaired. I have decided to include a page where I can put my 2011 artwork for anyone who would like to view them alone.
 The page will be updated as work is completed and will be shown there as well as on the main page of the blog. 
There is a 'buy now' button for those who would like to purchase  to add some sunshine to your home. All prices quoted are in US currency and do not include shipping and handling. That will be included based on shipping choice. Except where indicated, paintings are unframed. 

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Here we Go!

Well the fast pace of the semester is over. This marks the end of another year of study. So now I can share with you some of the things I've been doing.
For one of my final projects we had to create three paintings based on a field trip we took to the sister isle of Tobago. A beautiful island you should make visiting there one of your top ten things to do. here are the three pieces that I did. We were told not to merely record what we saw but come up with a concept based on something that captured our attention. There were some really interesting trees that held me captive and these three are created based on them and other places I visited. No working  titles yet. If you think of something feel free to let me know. They are all acrylics on 20x16 and 16x20 panels. The first  two panels have been textured with tissue and primed in red (Thanks Beverley for the idea).
I had originally started exploring the positive negative spaces but somewhere along the lines I started seeing other things and instead focussed on the different  moods evoked by three of the places I had visited while there. These were full of a hidden fire and passion and held secrets yet to be told. So each panel tells that story


This first panel is an ode to Bethlehem Junction, a little village up in the hills of Bethel where there is still the practice of secret arts and funny habits (not the kind you laugh at) As we drove through you felt the underlying fire hiding behind the lazy atmosphere. The tree with the burnt tops reminded me of there. This is my ode to those trees and to Bethlehem Junction.
This one with its really red background was intended to appear other worldly and eerie. It was how I felt when I visited Luise Kimme's museum and studio; as though I had somehow stumbled upon another time and place; with the many statues and life size sculptures.

They say you should try not to fall in love with your artwork because it may hinder your ability to look at it objectively and be able to change things. Of the three I think though, this is my favorite. This one was done based on our visit to Plymoth, the place of the jazz festival and also the mystery tomb. It's interesting story of a slave girl who was the master;s consort  but thought she was the wife, ended up pregnant but wasn;t aware of it. The inscription on the tomb stone is what inspired this piece. Look at the picture of the tomb and you'll see what I mean.



As I looked at the orange trees from Carnbee, I saw female forms. There was a clear form of one female lying along the branch and all the tree showed feminine lines. I started painting then started to see faces coming out. Got to tell you it freaked me out a little but I kept on until this is what I ended up with.
These are really far away from my style and subject matter but it's good to do that now and again. May revisit them and do some more work. Still have to name them. What do you think?

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Movie

Made a movie charting the progress of two of my latest paintings, The Dance and The Benevolent. This will be the first in a series of videos for my work for 2011. Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave a comment on the work seen here.

Be Blesssed
GretaMichelle

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Next! (II)

The Dance (Orange Trees).
24x15 1/2, oil on canvas
Here's the second piece. Both are from references I got from Tobago. I need to go back there and spend a week painting. Tobago is full of possibilities.
I experimented with this in terms of colour and how it was applied and also by not dwelling on recording but on mood and movement. This has awakened my senses and my imagination so much... Well you'll see what I mean when I start sharing the other projects with you. I can hardly wait.
Be Blessed
GretaMichelle

Next!

The Benevolent (Silk Cotton tree Tobago).
16x20, oil on canvas

Been busy. School and getting ready for May Exhibition. Thought it was time to share my two submissions with you.Here's the first one.
 The theme this year is in celebration of forests, based on the UN's efforts to raise awareness of the importance of forests.
I enjoyed the challenge of painting these. They both took me out of my comfort zone and carried me in places I had never ventured in terms of style. Let's hope they are both successful in finding new homes. Sending up a prayer.
Be Blessed
GretaMichelle



Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just a little Quickie

View From Kagashima
6x8 oil on panel
I find that taking part in the virtual paintout to be a useful exercise to keep your mind and hands active and as a way to warm up and experiment with different techniques. This is a little one that I did in between paintings. An hour well spent.

Be blessed
GretaMichelle


Friday, April 15, 2011

Pushing and Soaring


Orange Trees (detail)
24x15, oil on canvas

Right now I'm preparing for ASTT's May exhibition. Just finished this one so I thought I'd share just a little peek with you. Promise I'll show you the whole thing closer to the exhibition.
Really excited. (1) I haven't done anything for exhibition in a while and (2) This seems to be the year when I soar as an artist. I can feel it in my paint brushes. I am trying new things. Well on to piece two.
Be Blessed
GretaMichelle 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Of Colour Wheels, Value Scales and Virtual Paint Outs

Street in Hiroshima
5x7 oil on panel 
 painting knives
Busy day today. Worked on some of my assignments for art school. Never thought I would have to make a colour wheel or value scale for school, yet here I am. Also started scouting areas for my four panel painting. During one of my breaks I took part in one of Bill Guffey's virtual paintouts.


This month he's has posted as the place to 'walk', Japan. It really is a beautiful place. I now have a desire to actually walk some of the places my little google guy walked for me.

This is what I did today on my walk through Hiroshima. I worked with a size  that I have never painted with 5x7. Also worked with painting knives which I haven't done in a long time. A little rusty but I enjoyed it so I'm going to do it again.
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Help Japan


You can do your part to help lift the 'fallen'.  Just click on the photo.
Be blessed.
GretaMichelle

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Buttons

On the Waterfront
oil on canvas, 12x16
$350.
Have been experiencing some trouble with my website so I have not been able to update it in a while. I have also, like most of us been following what's going on with the people of Japan and praying for a way to help them. What better way to do so than with the gifts that God has placed in my care.

 Decided to add a paypal button to my blog in case anyone wanted to purchase a painting they saw there. So this is an invitation. From now on I'm going to include, once the painting is available for sale, a price along with the painting's description, to make it easier for you to decorate your home with one of my pieces of sunshine.

Unless otherwise specified, the prices will be quoted in US currency. The price will include shipping and handling the pieces will be sold unframed, for ease of shipping. FEDEX will be the shipping choice.
The proceeds from the sale of this painting will be given to help the people of Japan.
I hope all of us can do something to ease their suffering at this time.

Be blessed,
GretaMichelle


Thursday, March 17, 2011

ArtSenseatSASDA

(student's work)
Alice Herrera
cloth, Hat and Shoes,
pen drawing

I started an art blog forv my form one students recently. (form ones are the kids that range in age from 11-13) They are really excited by the idea and so I want to make it as interesting an experience as I can for them
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 Teaching has changed so much since I first started; even art. No longer are you just focussing on the 'manual' areas. Now you have to show them art on the omputer. It's a learning experince for both students and teachers. I know I'm learning a lot. I find myself having to learn things I never thought of just to keep ahead.

I hope all my artist friends who follow my blog will visit the link below and comment or leave some sort of encouragement for the kids as they forge ahead in artist endeavour.

be blessed
GretaMichelle

Click here to visit the student's blog

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Movement

Movement
4x4
Acrylics on board

Here's another one of my experiments.  Played around with movement both in the composition and the brush strokes. I think it's important to not get comfortable as an artist. We should constantly seek to improve and to try new things. I always remember and quote to myself and others my first art lecturers words she told us "An artist is always hungry" Guess that's why we usually have so many unfinished canvases.

Be Blessed
GretaMichelle

Monday, March 14, 2011

Some News

Submitted my painting Moonglow for the Women and Art upcoming exhibition. It's a national exhibition celebrating the contributions of women to the arts. I feel privileged to be chosen as part of this selection of women.
Moonglow
24x12 oil on canvas

It's a great opportunity as well since I haven't exhibited in a while and was questioning my committment to my art. Seems I was doing everything else but art for the love of it. Now I'm on my way to my next project which is getting ready for the Art Society's annual May exhibition. It's usually themed and promises this year to be really special.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Still in the 'Science Lab'

Acrylics, sea salt and oil pastels on 4x4 board

Here's another one of my experiments, this time with texture. On this one I used sea salt, oil pastels and acrylics. I like the sense of depth that came as a result. It's always a good idea sometimes to go outside your comfort zone and experiment with materials and techniques that you don't normally use. I am really enjoying the back to school experience. Very nice!

Be Blessed
GretaMichelle

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Danse Haitienne (WIP)

Danse Haitienne (wip)
Acrylics on canvas
18x22
It's 2:00am. I've been working-Finally! Started this piece from photos I took last Sunday of some Haitian women doing one of their traditional folk dances. They were whirling and carefree. I seek to capture that gaiety on canvas. I was just so excited that I couldn't wait until I was done before sharing with you.

I'm working in acrylics for this project. Thought I'd get back into it since I have been immersed in oils for such a long time (No i'm not giving up oils). The canvas size is 18x22 and the next time you see this peace it will be completed!

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Changes

Experiment with different ways to apply paint
4x4 Acrylics on board

Spent some time making some changes to my blog. New colours and header photo. Thought it was time to reawaken it since it's been sleeping for a while. Have some opportunities I want to take advantage of . Needed a change to help shake off the feeling of malaise and lethargy that has been attacking my artmaking for a while now.
Played with some impasto effect here.
Acrylics on board, 4x4
It's time to move! Read this article in an issue of O Magazine while I was at the hair salon. It was one of those 'Aha Moments' The person said that her father told her when she decided what she wanted: "Don't just think about it, go get it" It's time for a change!
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle
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