Margaret Stawicki
Margaret Stawicki — Visual Artist

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(posted on 29 Jun 2020)

 

My imaginary men appeared when I started to prepare active background for a sketch. I followed the shape and finished painting applying in acrylic and finally adding pieces of silk. I called my imaginary men, Massive Leg.

 

(posted on 21 May 2020)

 

Again. I attended virtual life drawing workshop. Sort poses, 3, 5 seconds, then 1, 3, 5 minutes and 20 min poses. Fantastic model. This time, first, I used mixed media; acrylic, colours pencils and charcoal and then oil. 
Another, square painting was done on my old canvas covered with oil and cold wax. Started to sketch figure and black charcoal and finished it with white charcoal. Probably will work on it more, for better or could be for worst. Will wait and see.

 

(posted on 4 May 2020)

 

Because of COVID-19, Artist in Residence exhibit, {+- Simultaneousness-+}, at the Living Art Centre, Mississauga, was cancelled. This is my art prepared for this show. It is oil, cedar shingles and copper on 48" x 48" plywood. Artwork is 84" x 48". I titled it "The death of tree".

Tree is essential to life on the earth. In ancient cultures and many religions it was called a Tree of Life. It is symbol of growth and strength, with roots spread deep into soil and the branches stretched up high towards the sky.
My work shows a tree with one leaf which doesn't want to give up, still holding to dried up branch hopping to survive. Behind, an old chair remembering better time. Three colours of the surface ca be associated with three opposing forces trying to balance themselves; orange — heat and fire; black — pollution and distraction; white — clean water and clean air.

Use of cedar to create tree trunk with its branches was decided not only because of its special scent, but because I love wood. My father, 30 years ago, brought me from Poland wood carving tools which are still untouched. Hope to use them one day. 
When deleted parts above and below painting, I called it Tree of Life in opposite to The death of tree

(posted on 2 May 2020)

 

This time in my I retouched my sketches with colour, in one, acrylic  and in the other, watercolour. In terms of using these two mediums on the model, both are new to me. In my work I use oil paints, but without using brush. In these two instances, I used a little brush. Watercolour, I just “play” with it, it was my first time using it. Watercolour (blue) is done on a watercolour paper and acrylic sketch is done on a Canson, mixed media paper. I decided to start learning using brush, especially on the body.

    

(posted on 22 Apr 2020)

 

I never imagine that virtual life drawing will happened in my life span. Coronavirus changes our way of living, specially  the way we used to do things. What we will do now without computers and WF?
I used to draw and sketch quite well, but after very long time (years) not doing it, I feel as complete beginner. Fast gestures and 5 minutes poses are difficult to draw. Mostly I enjoy it, but often frustrated with the outcome. Will keep doing it and posting to my blog. Wish me luck. These are my sketches done with graphite, conte and wet brush.

  

(posted on 15 Apr 2020)

 

      

COVID-19 made the space around us much smaller. Being at home is challenging. Although I have plans what to do, and what to paint, I am getting lazy and it is more difficult to create art.

I moved my work from the Living Art Centre to my home. In a way I am lucky that I could convert my room into painting studio. One of my early oil paintings got my attention and I decided to re-touch it. However, as it happened before many times, re-touching the painting turned into painting almost entire image. Again, I use layers of oil paint glazing, but I am not sure if it will turn into something better that was before. Have to wait and see what I will be able to do and my painting will look at the end.

On the pictures; my new studio at home, original oil painting and "work in progress"

(posted on 6 Apr 2020)

 

Never expect to have such a difficult time to paint flat white on gessoed 48 x 48" canvas. Started with three different tints of white acrylic paint applying it as a stain, or rather very thin layer one colour after another. My plan was to have 4-5 layers, but I end up with probably 8 or more layers, and still I am not satisfied with the final effect. Usually, my work has active surface and, to achieve it, I use layers of oil, sometimes mixed with a bit a cold wax. But this time I didn't want to have active surface or any brush stokes visible. I am still straggling and planning to put more layers of tinted white paint.

Drawing with charcoal was another challenge. Hope, at the end, it will work, or at least will be close what I envisioned at the beginning. 

This image is cropped in PhotoShop for my experimental purpose. If I will not post my final acrylic and charcoal white painting, it would mean that it end up being something else instead.

(posted on 3 Apr 2020)

 

  

This little oil painting, with just the background painted with analogous colours of yellow-orange-red, was sitting in my studio for a long time. 
With the Coronavirus isolations I sketched the lonely figure with some indications of activities on the horizon. The figure, although it is in foreground, is almost transparent. I used just a touch of blue oil paint to make the figure more visible. The feeling of emptiness on the image is what I wanted to project.

Any comments are welcome. I am not sure if focus is on the figure or on the black "city" —  indication of "life", far, left on the horizon.

(posted on 7 Mar 2020)

 

It is good to be back in Flamingo Clay Studio in Lake Worth. 
Started to work on a Big Foot (probably size 10 or 11). After bisque firing will be painted and partially glazed.

If will look good, the next one will be twice as big as this one.

Unfortunately, Coronavirus interrupted my work. Couldn't go to the studio anymore. Now I am back in Toronto and my unfinished ceramic project — A Big Foot, is in the studio in Lake Worth, Florida. Hope to finish it next year, 2021.

(posted on 20 Sep 2018)

 

My little piece "Decisions" was sold during the opening festivities at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. 

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