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”

 

 

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! 😀

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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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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