Reverie

Back to acrylics again, and I wanted to try a few different things. Collage for one, so I decopaged a few pieces of decorative paper onto my wooden substrate, in various shapes and sizes.

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Thus emerged my color palette. Trying to keep it to a few of my favourite colors, so as not to get too overwhelmed. I love how they work together. 🙂

I wanted to try some intuitive painting with this one. No plan in mind, just working the paint around and seeing what would emerge from it. I laid the initial background colors down completely with my fingers, which was wonderful, and tactile, and very intuitive. Blend, blend, blend, and blend some more. Loving the new color combination places I was going! 🙂 I then used an old damp rag to wipe off some of the paint here and there, on the papers, to let their design show through.

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I’m someone who can see faces, or shapes of things really easily in clouds, wood grain, tile floors,  glass shower doors, etc… 😛 ….So I knew something or somethings would emerge if I sat back, relaxed my mind, and looked for them. Off the bat I spotted a couple of hearts, and a couple of birds! So I started to define the things I was seeing.

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found a bird or two…

It needed more contrast so I added some black and dark blue. I never really expected what happened next…The wooden canvas surprised me with wonderful distress marks that I hadn’t even tried for! Once I put the darker colors on, and started wiping with my rag again to expose some of the underneath color, there they were! Also revealed, by complete accident were more heart shapes! So awesome! I love it when I get happy little surprises! I also love glazing, as I have mentioned before in another post. The luminosity achieved with it is so beautiful! It takes the coloration to whole other levels. 🙂 I glazed over my newly discovered hearts with more color to make them stand out a bit more….

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I then found a shape that proved itself to be a ladybug waiting to happen! 🙂

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I’m liking this intuitive painting process! I find it very calming to paint anyway, but to paint without any plan…to see what will happen, where it will lead you, what images will pop out….when you experiment with colors and techniques…is incredibly freeing! And so much fun! 🙂

Finally, after a few stars and a swirl laid on with stencils and white paint, then glazed over to blend in a bit, plus some more color tweaking here and there…I ended up with “Reverie”. 😀

 

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“Reverie”

 

 

Dreamy Watercolor Delicacy

Watercolor painting is not what I would call my forte. I have never taken painting with them too seriously, but I love to dabble in that medium from time to time. For me, they are just intuitive and delicate little studies…in color, shape, & mark making. Relaxing, to say the least. I can get completely lost, like I do when I am in “the zone” with my acrylics, but it is a different feeling…more like floating on another plane of existence, I suppose. lol

There is some delicacy with acrylics, like when I do extreme detail, but it is also different. With watercolors, for me, it is a very dreamy-like delicacy. My colors(not always, however) tend to be softer. The water takes care of that, although they can be strong as well, and that is one of the things I love about it. Depending on the wetness of the paper, the color can be as strong as I want, or as barely there as I want, while all still maintaining a sort of softness, that I can’t get with acrylics. I also love to play with masking fluid, salt, and other effects, to take it to unexpected new places, whereby then I try to see shapes, or whatever. I never know where it will take me, and that is part of the appeal of doing abstracts in any medium! 🙂

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masking fluid fluidity

I LOVE my “water brush”! Except for the smallest detail work, or when I need a separate clean brush for wetting the paper with clean water, as I go, I pretty much just use it alone. It is VERY convenient to have that water reservoir! No dipping in water required! It came with my particular watercolor set, and I had no idea it would be so wonderful! 😀 Also, it has held its tip point remarkably well for being almost 4 years old! Sometimes, like today, I hold it in my right hand to lay down the color, while in the other hand, I have a brush for keeping the paper wet, or to blend as I go. I was thinking today, as I did this, how it felt kind of like playing an instrument. I know…I’m a little weird. 😛

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Two hands needed for this one!

I tend to like lots of delicate themes, as well…flowers, hearts, swirls, circles, and squiggles. My favourite tool for going back to add them, after the paint has dried, is a wonderful illustration pen with a double point. One end is a bendy, paintbrush like nib, and the other end is a very pointy, but stable nib. I can get super delicate black lines with it….perfect for doing dreamy little doodles, and the smallest of details! I learned early though, that it has to go on last, and can’t get wet(unless I want it to for whatever  effect), or it just runs black all over the place!

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I have a special table away from my other painting area, where I like to sit and play with my watercolors. I have my tea, and usually 60s “hippie music”, haha, or soft rock playing.  Both inspire me….

It is also my sewing area, as once in a while I feel the urge to quilt. Yes…many interests, not enough time!! It is a clean area compared to my painting area, and the art desk where I make my jewelry. I don’t use my OTT light over there, just soft desk lamp lighting. The white, natural light  of the OTT lights is a must for my acrylic painting, and I have two, since the room I paint in does not get enough natural light through its one window. For my watercolors, though, I am not as concerned with it. I like the softer , warmer feel of the “yellow” light, as it helps set the mood for the particular subject matter I like to do with the watercolors. Funny that they actually turn out! 😛

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Anyway, I’ve been watercolor painting, here and there, over the last few weeks….late at night, sometimes in the afternoon…between trying to come up with inspiration to do another acrylic, and trying to just relax my sometimes chaotic mind! I bought a small watercolor sketchbook of sorts, and do it on a small scale, without ripping the pages out, or even sizing the paper. Maybe one day I will feel so inclined to take watercolors more seriously, and do larger pieces with a plan in mind, but for now, it is just a little side trip… a happy, delicate, and dreamy little escape….. 🙂

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flower doodles on background
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“Scribble Flower”
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“Vibrant Flower”
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“Three Flowers”
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“Marsh”

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”

 

 

Music & Painting

Music is another of my passions. I don’t play any instruments…well a wee bit of guitar, but I am terrible at it!…but listening and digging for hidden musical jewels, old and new is a favourite pastime for me. Recently I discovered 8tracks.com, and started making playlists there just for fun. I like to play them, and others I have discovered there, when I paint…especially in the summer when I get to paint outside. Something about sunshine, good music, and color…. 😀

I am often inspired and get motivated by the music I am listening to while I paint. Every genre takes me in new directions, it seems. I love classic rock to paint to, and it often gives  me the energy bursts, where my brush strokes become wilder, and  very playful. Blues however, inspires more thoughtful considerations…deeper layering, more subtleness, more detail. It is a little weird when you think about it….but then again….maybe not so weird. Maybe music, being an art form in itself, is intrinsically tied to the creative process of painting…. I think so. I know so, because I feel it, and it is real. I paint far better and less distractedly when I listen to tunes, over, say a podcast, or a movie on Netflix, both of which I enjoy doing also while painting…especially watching Star Trek…which inspires me on whole other levels…but that is another story! lol

Anyway, I made playlists at 8tracks (and on my iPod of course, but I can’t embed those here :P) for my painting purposes, although they also work well when on the treadmill, or cleaning the house! lol

Today, as I delve into another mini painting, of which I am going to try a sideways approach to encaustic (painting with wax)for the first time…that is to say, not exactly encaustic painting, per se, but using the wax as an effect over acrylics (I shall write another post when I finish that, if it works out, and maybe even if not. haha), I think my blues/blues rock playlist at 8 tracks will work well with it, because I want a depth of feeling in this piece, even though it is just a mini, and sort of an experiment.

Every piece is special…and to quote Bob Ross,  “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”. 😀

Uncovering Hidden Colors

One of my favourite techniques to use with acrylics is glazing. Using an extender (I use Folk Art floating medium) to thin the paint, as opposed to water, lets the under colors shine through in often unexpected and wonderful ways. It also “loosens up” recently dried paint, so it is extremely helpful when I want to employ sgraffito techniques, and uncover the color that way.

Glazing  is amazing! 😀

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detail from “Multiverse”

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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