Serenity

So, I’m on this intuitive painting kick, where I start with a blank canvas(been working with wooden ones lately), and just add color and go where IT wants to go, not a direction I lead it in.

I love to play with colors, and their relationships to each other, and I love trying out new effects…or surface treatments. It is very fun to see which direction my painting will go, and what color combinations I can achieve when I do this.

I started this one with just laying down a blue background, and then using lots of water, adding white spots to it. I like the soft edge effects I get when the canvas is wet, and I add the color onto it, and it spreads like it does when using watercolour. I used thin consistency acrylics. I glazed a bit of magenta over some parts of it, after it had dried, then used modelling paste through a stencil to add a flower.

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At that point I knew I wanted to go with some kind of flower theme. I added another large flower, then when the paste was fully dry, glaze painted them with multiple layers of color. I also added more color, using glazes and water effects.

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I liked what I ended up with, and then needed to decide if it was finished, or not…sometimes a tough decision!

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I decided it needed more, and I wanted to employ my newly handmade flower stamps. Instead of stamping directly onto the canvas, I printed the flowers onto tissue paper, so I could arrange them to my satisfaction. The amazing thing(I found out doing it) with the tissue paper is that it required no glue to adhere it! All I did was wet down the area where it was to be placed, and it stuck itself to the canvas! And the white parts nearly completely disappeared, to leave just the black printed parts, and the blue background. Very cool! I then glazed a bit of color over them, and painted around the edges a bit….just to make sure they were stuck! lol

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I needed to incorporate line into it, so I added a few flowers on tall stalks, did some more color tweaking, and ended up with “Serenity”. I love it. I love the colors, and the joyful subject matter. I know when I succeed at a painting if it makes me happy looking at it. 🙂

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“Serenity”

Side Crafts With A Purpose

Recently I discovered how much fun it is to make my own stamps…using play foam sheets, and scraps of mat board. 🙂

I originally wanted to make a few to use in my mixed media paintings, because to buy stamps at the craft store requires a small fortune!! ugh!

Anyway, I had seen it done in one of my many art reference books, and being that play foam is about $1-2/package of 4 sheets at the dollar store, and I have loads of scrap mat board gathering dust, it was looking like a nice economical option.

So, I set out to make some swirls, and ended up making hills, a tree, flowers, hearts, peace signs, a sea horse, a sun, a dolphin, and even a whole mountain landscape(not pictured)! I couldn’t seem to stop…it was so much fun! I made a few more than one or two that night! lol

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I just cut the shapes, used white glue to attach them to the mat board, then when they were stuck, distressed them with various metal tools, to get texture marks, and add interest.

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They work well even with full strength watercolour! I am happy with how they turned out. 🙂

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I also tried to make stencils with a glue gun. It was loads of fun to do, too! Haven’t tried them yet, though. I need to figure out how to make them lay flatter! 😛
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Unicorns Live Here

Catchy title for a painting, yes? hehehe I sometimes have a hard time coming up with titles for my paintings. I stare at them forever, and hope something pops into my head. That is what popped into it today…looked kinda like where I might spot one. 😛

First I laid down the background in my favourite colors….they have a happy, tropical feeling to them. 🙂img_7954

I used an old brush for this to give it a “scratched” effect. I always keep my brushes…even when they get gummed up, or old and ragged…there is always a creative use for them!

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Finished background ready for its sketch of the final idea. I didn’t get attached to this one, so it was easier to paint over it! hahaha

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Did some glazing and sgraffito effects on it. My two favourite things to do! I love the luminosity with the glazing, and the surprise under color with the scratch marks!

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Also, I did this one on a nice thick canvas, so the sides, top, and bottom got a wraparound paint job! 😀 I really like painting this size, too. Quick feeling of accomplishment! I think I get a dopamine rush from painting….no, I KNOW I DO! 🙂

 

Finished piece. …My first painting of 2017! 🙂

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“Unicorns Live Here”

Makes for a pretty pillow! ;D

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“Unicorns Live Here” throw pillow @ society6 🙂 (click pic for link)

This post calls for a little “island music” methinks! 🙂

 

Festival

“Festival”. The name very much suits my newest little abstract. I switched to canvas for this one, so it has a nice natural texture to it, as well as being busy and fun, and… well….festive! 🙂

I started out with just the base colors. I was going for bright(what else is new? hahaha), sunny, and happy. So yellows, red, and magenta mixed with deep yellow to make a nice deep orange, fit that bill…

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I had a sketch in mind, so was just going for an interesting background for the bottom layer…and a whimsical treed landscape for the final piece. I did fun stuff….like drips, different little brushstrokes with more bright colors, and scratching through layers to add visual interest….in about the spots where I was going to put the trees. Soaking acrylic down when it is wet, and just letting it sit, creates some interesting, often unexpected effects…especially on canvas, where it pools and blends, and the colors look “melted” together….mixing playfully with each other. Love that! 🙂

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Anyway, as is my usual, I ended up with a pretty little abstract as my “background”, then had that seemingly endless debate with myself over whether or not I actually wanted to paint over it! haha Especially when I posted it, and it looked so good on a phone case and other stuff!

So, it sat there for a day…I was busy and had to stop for a while…which is ok, since it is usually good to let it dry really good in case I want to “fix” my top layers in any way. If the paint is not completely dry underneath, and I use water to “erase” any fresh marks or painted areas I want to change, the under paint will just come off with it, and completely ruin the bottom layer. Gotta love acrylics for this “erasure with water” ability, I must add!

Anyway…. I sat here staring at it, getting completely attached to it as it was. Having this “color joy” come over me whenever I looked at it. 🙂 Plus, I could not get my transfer paper to work on it with my sketch, and my other fallback transfer method….white chalk…was never going to show up in all that busyness! I then tried black conte, and covered the back of my vellum sketch with it, turned it over, and couldn’t see my sketch because I had only done it  in pencil, and not ink. Nearly completely invisible, so I couldn’t see the lines to trace! Argh! Except then, I realized that maybe it was not meant to be…that maybe this was not the background I needed for this sketch. That this little painting was destined to just stay a happy little abstract, colouring my days! 🙂 Check out that cute little heart… 😉

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“Festival”
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“Festival” iPhone case @society6 🙂  (click on pic for link)
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“Festival” on Flare Dress @Art of Where 🙂 (click on pic for link)

BTW…I had my energetic 60’s playlist at 8tracks playing while I worked on this one.  Enjoy! 😀

Under The Sea

At the outset, I will start by saying that this is going to be a long post…I am in a Ramblin’ Mood. 😀

I’m having an art day today. My fave kind of days! A little art a day keeps the doldrums away! 🙂

Sometimes I sit down to paint with a plan….at least a pre-sketch. With my large whimsical landscapes, that is often how it goes. Although doing the sketch in my idea book is often freeform thought as well.

Today, however, with one wooden coaster left…I just wanted to throw some paint on it, and see what I ended up with. No plan, no pre-planned effects, just intuitiveness(is that a word? :P). Follow the brush to faraway dimensions, so to speak. 🙂

Started out with blocks of my fave colors…blues, pinks, and purples, and deep turquoise. Then dripped(haha…dripped!…more like blobbed!) black paint on one end to have it drip down…letting gravity help me. Could not get the flipping paint runny enough (in an old tube of black) so I kind of globbed it on(yes, spellcheck, I made up a word! Deal with it! hahaha) then added more water to the globs, and banged it down on the table to get it moving. It kinda did, kinda just stayed globby(spellcheck is super suggesting now! lol). Then it fell over onto the piece of paper towel I had down to soak up the excess. Great, I thought. Until I turned it over and LOVED the effect it made! Channelling Bob Ross again…no mistakes, just happy little accidents! 😀

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Whilst “playing” with all this black paint, I got a little on me. hahaha I really feel artsy girlish when I end up covered in paint! Is it really fun if you don’t get messy? I don’t think so!! 😛

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Needed a chocolate break…. 😀

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BTW…My most favourite 8tracks playlist, is one I made specifically with my painting in mind. It is my most popular one there, so I am not alone in loving it! It is long, and full of gems. 🙂

70s classic rock is my go-to jam. I don’t quite know why…but because it is so damn groovy, I can really get into my art zone. *grooves* I think because it channels the kid in me. I was super attached to my little FM radio, and spent nearly all of my allowance every week on records…then cassettes…then CDs….

Music, in general, is such an intrinsic part of my being, but music from my childhood…beats all of it to grab the best part of my heart. Oh boy…that chocolate was good…look at that poetic paragraph! hehehehe

Now for some periwinkle blue blobs. Again, not runny enough. Maybe spraying with water to loosen them up?  Moved a little, but mostly just got really wet! Suddenly the  imaginary lightbulb over my head lights up…artsy girl grabs chunk of watercolour paper….lets little painting do another face plant…this time with a slight, non-malicious push! mwahahaha! 😛

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Voila! Cool little branches!! Loving this now. Starting to look like something….underwater. Also reminded me of a scene from the old Spiderman cartoon! Right up my little geek girl alley now! lol

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Plus, now I have a little “print” on my watercolour paper for a future something. Bonus… a twofer! 😀

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Since my hands were already considerably covered in paint, why not just go with it, and get in there with my fingers?! I love the interesting marks I can make with my hands. Like personalized little touches. Peace baby. 😀

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Needs a fish, methinks. With a heart tail…’cause hearts are my thing. Not too many of my paintings don’t have one…be it hidden or out loud. 🙂

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Holy Blurry Batman! Good thing this isn’t a photography contest! hahaha!

Then it was just adding dainty little brush strokes… some lines, a few dots, intuitively here and there…enhancing….making marks,making abstract somethings…

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Needs flowers now…another hippy girl thing of mine. 🙂 And of course… a little luminosity in the form of sgraffito marks revealing all that glorious hidden color…a little floating medium, a scratching tool, and dainty little lines, swirls, and more hearts….

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Done finally…only took me most of the day…but what a nice way to spend a day! Behold, “Under The Sea”! 😀 Happy Wednesday! It is Wednesday, isn’t it? hahahaha! 😛

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“Under The Sea”

 

 

Daydream Progression

I did a mini painting the other day on a piece of salvaged wood…a solid wooden coaster, actually…using acrylics, and the encaustic wax effect I wanted to try.

First (on the gessoed piece) the background…random color and marks. As is often the case, I photographed it, and  posted this at my online art shops because I liked it as an abstract! 😀

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“Energies”

Next, I drew my design on it, and then painted around the shapes to form the second stage…of which I also liked, photographed and posted. lol It is VERY hard to throw caution to the wind, as it were, and paint over something you liked! I could have kept “Energies” as it was, and looking at it in the pic up there, I almost wished I had! ACK! Oh well…it is done. I like how it turned out in any case….

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“Daydream”

So, then, I now had to jump in and do the thing I had never done before, and risk mucking up the whole thing! Adding melted wax to the whole thing, scratching into the dried wax to make “distress” marks, and other marks, then covering the whole thing in black oil paint…rubbing it into all the nooks and crannies(I didn’t photograph that part). Then I put some linseed oil on a rag, and rubbed off the paint, so it only shows up in the marks I made in the wax. This is the final piece….

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“Daydream 2”

I am happy with it. I like the dreamy (hard to tell in the photo) effect the wax gives to it, plus the graffiti type look it has to it. It was a fun little project, that I no doubt will try again. I suppose I should likely keep it out of the sun, or away from any heat source though…or it will have to be renamed, “Melted Daydream”! hahaha

My source and inspiration for this technique was from this wonderful book…

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Color Reality

I have my artwork for sale at a few sites, and while I am generally happy with the way my paintings translate onscreen, and happy with the way the product turns out (I have ordered a few of my pieces on products as gifts…for others and for myself), there are a few occasions where a photograph cannot capture the essence or subtleties of the piece. I love to paint detailed whimsical landscapes, and I recently finished a 24×24 painting entitled “Summertime on Vega 7″(yes I am a sci-fi geek! lol),and just could not get a photo I was happy with. It looks ok, but not good enough to post to my online stores. Maybe I am just too picky, but it just bugs me when the photograph will not pick up the nuances of the colors, or the slight effects I add, which, to me, add immensely to the personality of the painting. I just could not get it to look right onscreen, so it will just hang on my wall, for myself and my family to enjoy. And here, of course…. 🙂

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“Summertime on Vega 7”

My paintings reflect my love of color, and the way it plays together. Layering of colors gives a luminosity to each piece, and photographs have a hard time capturing that, no matter the lighting when I take the pic.

My work is far better viewed in person, although I tend to be a hoarder of my paintings for my own personal enjoyment! hahaha No originals are for sale, as I can’t bear to part with them. I originally started painting for myself, because I find a catharsis in the process and at gazing at the end result. I often can lose track of time doing both. Painting is my escape from stress and anxiety, besides just giving me an immense feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. Color relationships and trying various brush strokes and visual effects are my thing. I love to explore with color, abstraction, and expression. Many times throughout the day, especially if I am feeling out of sorts, or stressed out, I will wander to one of more of them, and just get lost in the scene, the color relationships, the nuances, and the special little touches that I give each of them. Reality is always better in regards to viewing art. I think this is probably true of a lot of things, though….

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