Trying New Things – Getting My Abstract On!

Since I’ve come back from my travels, I have been trying to find time to paint.  This can be difficult as I have been working full-time and by the time I get home, there are so many other distractions. That is a poor excuse, but most of the time I am just really tired from staring at a computer screen all day long and is another reason I haven’t been blogging much.

When I first started trying to draw and paint, I didn’t have a full-time job and I had so little knowledge about doing anything that I think I actually painted more and was more adventurous.  Since then I have less free time and more information inside my head.

In the spirit of trying new things, I have been working on abstract painting.  I bought a book to help me release my inner abstract.  I bought Abstracts: 50 Inspirational Projects, by Rolina Van Vliet.  I really like her style of painting.  There is a lot of information about how to proceed with a project and making it your own.  The examples are there just to give you an idea of what she is talking about.  My ultimate goal is to be able to paint more loosely and in a more  impressionistic way.

This is my first one.

Acrylic on Paper - 4x6"
Acrylic on gessoed Paper – 4×6″

I actually like this now.  This is the result of scraping the paint off of the paper as I wasn’t happy with the way it turned out.  I have been working on smallish pieces on paper partly because I have a shed load of paper I need to use, and partly I don’t want to end up throwing canvases away if the project doesn’t turn out well.

This is what I did with the leftover paint that I scraped off of the first painting.

Acrylic on Gessoed Paper - 9x12"
Acrylic on gessoed Paper – 9×12″

I realise that my brushstrokes are one-directional and is something I need to work on.  I also did a bit of scraping with this one.  It almost looks like marbled paper.  Not a bad first try.

Have any of you tried something new recently that you enjoyed or not?



I’m Back!

So much has happened since my last post! If you have been following me on Dream Big/Pack Lite, you will know that my husband (yes, we got married!) and I spent 5 months travelling around South America last year. I spent nearly 2 months travelling around Argentina and didn’t even dance one Tango! It is interesting how priorities change.

Ever since we came back from our travels, I have been working as a temp. I am currently working for the county council, which doesn’t give me a lot of free time. I am still trying to find time to write blog posts about our journey! I have been also trying to get back into painting and am finding it a big struggle. It is a challenge finding a balance between work, hobbies and family. I might need to get up earlier in morning!

While I have been struggling with balancing the above, my husband has been decorating the house. Last year he decorated two bedrooms and our WC. Since April, he has managed to complete the study and the hallway (up and down). It didn’t help that he ended up with a bad back for awhile, but he finally managed to get to a point where we can now install new carpet for the upstairs. Although I live in a relatively small house (two bedrooms) the paintwork was really bad; the doors needed stripping and re-finishing and the whole area required a huge amount of preparation. Preparation is always the worst part of decorating. The goal is to finish off the whole house before we take off on another adventure (and is why I am working all the hours I can!). We are getting our carpet installed this week and I don’t know if you can find anyone more excited about anything! It has been 4 years since I moved into my house, and considering I had been organising the work on it mostly myself, I feel it is about time I am finally getting the house to look the way I want it, with help now, of course! Some things are better with a friend! I will keep you updated on the progress.

I have painted every piece of furniture in my house that I possibly can. Unfortunately, my furniture painting didn’t turn into a financially viable concern, so I knocked it on the head. I still have a few pieces in the loft for sale! Unless I am going to use it or give it as a present, I am finished with painting furniture. The only things I paint now are picture frames and art.

Another reason I have come back to the blog is because in the process of Googling for inspiration and looking for art classes in my area, I came across my artwork on this blog. I forgot it was still on here! It seems that the less information I had about drawing and painting, the more enthusiastic and spontaneous I was about doing it. I have been trying to find some evening classes, but it turns out that the classes I am interested in tend to be in the daytime, when I am working. So I have been trying new things all by myself which can be a lonely journey. The upside to that is I have been trawling the internet and have found some inspiration by others and have bought a few more art books to get the creative juices flowing.

I have been trying to get my abstract on and working from Abstracts: 50 Inspirational Projects, by Rolina Van Vliet .  I am trying to be more free/loose with my painting as my tendency is to try and get every little detail. I think trying to get a lot of detail is great for drawing, but not always great for painting. I am finding the exercises in the book a bit of a challenge and will be posting how I am getting on with them.

So, here we are again, another new beginning, revisited!