Splitter Splatter

IMG_4426 - CopyPlaying around with paint and collage on 10×12 inch canvas board, first and second layer.

IMG_4435 - CopyI used ink, fluid paint, granulation fluid and a straw.  Several people have told me that this looks likes flowers.  It wasn’t my intention.  Here is a close-up.

IMG_4451I like the wispy lines.  The top coat is a faux encaustic, that you can’t see in the photo.  It is shiny and full of texture.  My daughter’s boyfriend likes it.  I might give it to him, but he has to come and collect it.  🙂

 

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Do You Call Yourself an Artist?

I have read a few articles about artists and negative thinking, but none has touched me as much as the one from Belinda Del Pesco, an Artist who I am so grateful to have come across.  She wrote an article about negative self-talk.  I love that she makes youtube videos on how to do things, like printmaking.

I paint.  I teach myself and learn from others.  I have never had a show or done an open house (my house is small and I really don`t like strangers in my home).  I sold two small paintings since I started nearly 10 years ago.  I keep creating and making things in spite of that.  I work full time.  I think calling myself an Artist is nicer than calling myself an Administrator, or a PA (that is what I used to do, now I Administer, or Administrate!)

When people ask me what I do, I know they are asking me what I do for a living.  People want to know how you make your money.  They can be so nosy.  Painting is more like a hobby, especially if you don’t make any money at it.  When someone is retired, if you ask them what they do, you are usually asking about their hobby.  I say I paint, or dance or whatever else that I can do.

If people know I paint, they sometimes ask where they can see my work or if I have sold anything (MONEY!).  I tell them they can see it in my house, on my blog, and on Etsy!  Belinda told me that because I create I am entitled to call myself an Artist in spite of the fact that I have no formal training or sell my work (yet!).  Not that I need permission as I can call myself whatever I want, but she put it in a way that left no doubt.

So, the other day when I was trying to explain to someone that I was painting over the weekend,  and I wasn`t doing DIY, I ended up saying I was an Artist.  It felt good! First time for everything!  If you paint, draw or make stuff, you are creative and can call yourself an Artist.  How cool is that!

Here is a little something I am working on.  It is actually not so little, 60x40cm, my largest yet.

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Are We Done Yet?

I have been working a lot since I have been back from my holiday at the end of June.  I am what is known as a working Artist.  I need to work to support my art.

I have had a couple of pieces on the go and I didn’t really want to post anything until they were complete.  It has been tough going as I have been working on a piece that is my biggest yet at 60×40 cm.  This is how it started;

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Here is the finished piece:

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Into the Deep – Acrylic on Canvas – 60×40 cm

It is actually quite a dark piece and I have been having trouble photographing it as the features in the I-phone want to make it lighter.  There is a lot of depth and layers to this piece.  I used different blues, with green and black.  I am not sure I will ever get a photo that can justify how intricate the layers are as I added glazing fluid to make the paint very transparent.  This painting sat on the mantle for weeks while I worked out what I was going to do next.  When I thought I was finished, I added another layer!   I think we are done now!  I just need to work out how to frame it.  The painting has a very thin profile and it would benefit from being in a frame.  I think a trip to the timber merchants is in order.