Seaside Art Gallery – 23rd International Miniature Art Show

A few new small pieces just arrived at Seaside Art Gallery for their 23rd International Miniature Art Show.

http://seasideart.com  The show runs May 3, 2014 through May 31, 2014

Morning Flight - Great Egret,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham Morning Flight – Great Egret, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Warm Glow - Mute Swan,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham Warm Glow – Mute Swan, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Taking Flight - Brown Pelican,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca LathamTaking Flight – Brown Pelican, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – April 16, 2014

It’s been a busy period lately with lots of deadlines.  Hopefully the Peek in the Studio posts will start becoming more regular again.  Both of these are graphite, but created in the same way that I do the sepia stage of my paintings.  These, however, will remain in this stage as complete drawings.  ..a little something different.

Piercing Gaze - Wolf, 8.5in x 11in, Graphite on board, ©Rebecca Latham Piercing Gaze – Wolf, 8.5in x 11in, Graphite on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Investigation - Gray Fox, 8in x 11in, Graphite on board, ©Rebecca Latham Investigation – Gray Fox, 8in x 11in, Graphite on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – March 26, 2014

Pleasant Personality - Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham
Pleasant Personality – Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Spectator - Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Spectator – Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Shooting Eagles

American Bald Eagle, 6in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

 

It’s National Wildlife Week, a celebration of the wildlife that surrounds us.

While wildlife enthusiasts find this a happy time, reports of another bald eagle shooting appears in newsfeeds.  This time it’s in Forks, Washington – 2 Bald Eagles, an adult male and male juvenile, are found dead.  The bald eagle is protected by national laws in the United States, and has fought its way off the endangered species list.

What makes this happen?  Misplaced anger, lack of respect for wildlife, are these people unknowledgeable?  I can only wonder about a cause.  For those who find so much value from nature, this is disgusting.  To me and many others, our wildlife is priceless.

I know most of those who connect with me online feel the same way.  The only remedy I can imagine for the future of our vulnerable wildlife is education.  Encouraging respect for others, human and otherwise, so that both can prosper.

Hopefully the power of attention, and sharing through broadcast and social media helps lead to information in finding the misguided shooter in Forks.

Peek in the Studio – Jan 29, 2014

New Paintings for this week…

 Lost in Thought - Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Lost in Thought – Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Just Missed - Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Just Missed – Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Stop and Watch - Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Stop and Watch – Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Spellbound - Raccoon, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Spellbound – Raccoon, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Golden Light - Wolf Pup Study, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver and 24kt gold, ©Rebecca Latham

Golden Light – Wolf Pup Study, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver and 24kt gold, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio, American Miniatures & Animals in Art – Jan 22, 2014

Two paintings for this week’s Peek in the Studio..  I had a few more, but with all the deadlines I didn’t quite get them finished enough to post.  ..so they are on standby for next week. ;)

These two pieces are for American Miniatures at Settler’s West Gallery in Tucson, AZ.  Their show is opening February 8th with 5:30pm reception.   I hope you can visit!

Another event on the East Coast that is about to open is Seaside Art Gallery‘s Animals In Art Show coming February 1 – March 1, 2014 in Nags Head, NC.   A shipment of 16 pieces is arriving in addition to the existing collection of my pieces at the gallery.   The reception for the show is February 6, 2014 from 6pm-8pm for those who wish to attend.

Snack Patrol - Wolf Pup, Opaque and Transparent Watercolor with Sterling Silver and 24kt Gold on Board, 8in x 10in, ©Rebecca Latham

Snack Patrol – Wolf Pup, Opaque and Transparent Watercolor with Sterling Silver and 24kt Gold on Board, 8in x 10in, ©Rebecca Latham

Autumn Curiosity - Bobcat, Opaque and Transparent Watercolor with Sterling Silver and 24kt Gold on Board, 9in x 12in, ©Rebecca Latham

Autumn Curiosity – Bobcat, Opaque and Transparent Watercolor with Sterling Silver and 24kt Gold on Board, 9in x 12in, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – Jan 15, 2014

Quite a few deadlines rolling in this time of year, so lots of paint flying.  Here are the new painting releases for this week..

leopard, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca LathamGolden Spinx – Leopard, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

  turtle, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca LathamSunbathing – Turtle, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

 rabbit, 9in x 12in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca LathamOn Alert – Rabbit, 9in x 12in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

 rabbit, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca LathamMoment’s Pause – Rabbit, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

  rabbit, 8in x 10in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca LathamAutumn Snacking – Rabbit, 8in x 10in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

  leopard, 6in x 6in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca LathamGolden Eyes – Leopard, 6in x 6in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

  leopard, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca LathamContent – Leopard, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – Jan 8, 2013

   Several new pieces in the studio this week…

Leopard, 6in x 8in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham   Lurking in Shadows – Leopard, 6in x 8in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Leopard, 6in x 6in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham    Black and White – Snow Leopard, 6in x 6in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Tiger, 6in x 6in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca LathamResting Monarch – Tiger, 6in x 6in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

 

Sterling Silver and 24Kt Gold

I have had a lot of response come in about the use of 24 karat gold and sterling silver in my work recently.  Unfortunately, because of the volume of questions, I have been unable to answer them individually.   Hopefully this answers any curiosities people may have about the subject.Gold with brush on palette thinned for use.

What do you mean when one of your paintings is labelled “with sterling silver and/or 24 Kt gold?”
Basically, it is ground sterling silver (or gold) into a fine powder to form a ‘pigment’. It is then mixed with a binder, gum arabic like usual watercolors are, and dried to form a tablet cake (so technically this would be watercolor).  When needed, the tablet is wet to reconstitute the silver paint, and then can be used as paint in art.  Used this way it is often called shell gold or shell silver – when used in earlier times, the metal paint was poured into a small shell to be used as a paint dish, thus the name.

Is this something new?
Not really. Pure silver and gold have been used in illuminated manuscript miniatures for centuries. Personally, I find these works of art fascinating, and as such they have found a place of influence on my work. I love the added zest a hint of silver or gold adds to a piece, as well as how it carries on a tradition that has such a rich history.

How long have you been using this in your painting?
I started around 2006-2007.  It was an experiment in a selection of pieces at that point after running across many illuminated manuscripts that inspired me.  More recently, as I have gotten more familiar with it’s use, I’ve included the gold and silver in my work more regularly.

Applying gold to a painting.  Shimmers of silver can be seen at this angle as well in the feathers and eye of the owl.How is it used in your painting?
I like to be delicate with it. I might accent areas, edges, or glaze – it truly depends on the work and where I want to lead the observer’s eye through that particular painting.  Sometimes the shimmer is picked up in a scan of the original, sometimes not – so it may not be visible to those only viewing an image online or in print.  As was the case in the miniatures of illuminated manuscripts, if shell gold (or silver for that matter) is overused it could spoil the picture in the final stages, and I find it is the same using it with more modern works.

Do you use gold leaf in your paintings too?
At this point I haven’t. I don’t rule out the possibility in the future, but for now I am focusing my work on softness and/or subtle hues for the most part.  Being that large areas of gold would have a strong presence in a painting, I have not pursued that medium.

Do you use Silver Point, etc in your work?
No, at this time I have not.  I prefer light graphite or drawing with paint.

 

Some links that may be of interest on the topic:

http://history-of-art.blogspot.com/2005/09/technical-problems-of-manuscript.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminated_manuscript

http://www.illuminatedpage.com/illustration.html

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/conservation/paper/manuscript-project.html

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19870/19870-h/19870-h.htm

 

Happy New Year and Peek in the Studio – Jan 1, 2014

Very best wishes for 2014!  To open the new year, this is a new collection of work freshly painted.

Evergreen Perch - Barred Owl, 8in x 10in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Evergreen Perch – Barred Owl, 8in x 10in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Chipmunk, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Curious Visitor – Chipmunk I, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Chipmunk, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Curious Visitor – Chipmunk II, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Fawn, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Along the Path – Fawn, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Great Horned Owl, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Blue Mist – Great Horned Owl, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Rabbit, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Silent Pause – Rabbit, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Evening Snow - Rabbit, 8in x 8in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Evening Snow – Rabbit, 8in x 8in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Skunk, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Log Walker – Skunk Kit I, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Skunk, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Log Walker – Skunk Kit II, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Content – White Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Solemn – White Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver and 24kt gold on board, ©Rebecca Latham