Red Sea Squid – Acrylic on Canvas – 30x23cm
I finally completed this painting that I started in 2012. You can read about it here. I was never happy with the background and didn’t know what to do with it, so I left it alone, until today.
As you can see, the background definitely needed something. I also completed another painting that I started in 2013, before I went traveling. You know how you just have to be in the mood to do something? Well, until today, I wasn’t in the mood to finish this painting, but I am happy with it now.
Red Sea Bannerfish – Acrylic on Canvas – 60x45cm
In fact, I had started a still life on this canvas that I wasn’t happy with, so I used a texture medium to cover up the old painting and start a new one. As this was a large canvas, I didn’t want to waste it. Both of these paintings were inspired by my diving photos of a trip I took to The Red Sea. Looks like I might have another look at my diving photos and see what else I can paint!
In the interest of getting my abstract on, I wanted to try something a little bit different when painting a still life – something a little bit abstract, a little bit folky. So this is what I came up with.
Acrylic on Canvas – 20 x 20cm
All of this just came out of my head and I did not draw anything from life. However, there was something bugging me about this and I realised that the composition was all wrong. I should have either just used all apples or all pears or had the apple between the pears. I tried painting out the apple with Titanium White and making a new pear, but I couldn’t get the colors right for the new pear. I didn’t want to throw away the canvas, so I decided to try something different.
Still life with pears – Mixed media on Canvas – 20 x 20
I used newsprint to cover 2 pears. The wording on the newsprint is actually about food. I added more paint to everything and finished off outlining with a sharpie. I think I need a thicker sharpie for this type of thing. Although not perfect, I think it is better than before and I will be more inclined to use collage in future works. I might try this again, but will probably lose the pear at the top (definitely the shadow) and use collage in the middle of the painting and make the jugs bigger. I really love the colors though. This is where it really pays to make thumbprints before starting the painting but I got really excited and started without thinking things through! 🙂
I had an old canvas lying around that I painted using different shades of purple. I think I painted it a couple of years ago. It really didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to (how that was supposed to be I really don’t know, but it didn’t) so I put it aside. So, when I purchased Terry’s Top Tips for Acrylic Artists, by Terry Harrison, I thought I might resurrect this purple painting and try out Terry’s tip on rolling paint with a roller as the effect was very similar to what I already had painted.
The photo of Terry’s finished painting is on the cover of the book and is what I was working on, so I cannot claim this picture as really my own. His is so much better anyway, but I thank Terry Harrison for the inspiration. 🙂
Acrylic on Canvas – A4
As I said, I already had a painting with loads of purple, so I had to add the blues, which I did with a pallet knife. I never used a roller. I really didn’t take a huge amount of time with this, so I was not particular about the houses and boats. I think this is a great idea for applying paint when doing a boat scene. I might try something similar again, but from one of my own photographs next time.