We moved some furniture around in my living room not long ago. I do things like that sometimes. My husband had a very large TV that my daughter was happy to hang onto for a few years, but then she gave it back to us. It meant that I had to move furniture around, get rid of some and purchase replacements. All because of a big TV (granted I can read subtitles better)!
Acrylic on Canvas – 18 x 24 inches
As with some of my other paintings, this one started life as something else. The colors were similar, but that was about it. You may be able to see some of them under the many layers of paint. I have been working on this one for nearly 2 weeks now. It has been taking a long time for the Golden Open paints to dry in this weather. As this painting has evolved, it would sit on top of the fireplace in the dining room and I would contemplate about what I would do next once the paint has dried. I finally figured it out this morning and I now feel that it is complete and am quite happy with it. (The paint is still wet as I type this, so anything can happen once I leave it lying around for awhile.) The thing about painting an abstract is that you can keep going on and on and changing it that it can sometimes be difficult to know when to stop. It is pretty much how I wanted it to look as I had it in my mind.
I have now started something completely different just to take my mind off of this one. 🙂
Leftover Paint – Acrylic on Canvas – 40x50cm (approx. 16×19.5 inches)
I know I talked about using leftover paint many times. I think this is one of the first paintings I have created using leftover paint. I thought I might have posted a photo or did a blog post about it, but I couldn’t find anything to give you a before photo. Anyway, I painted this many years ago and it has been sitting on a dresser, unfinished and unvarnished. I am not even sure if this canvas had an unsuccessful painting on it before I started slapping the paint on. As you can see, there is a lot of texture on the canvas as I must have prepped it with some sort of texture paste beforehand.
I remember just using the leftover paint that I had and then adding more and more until I got the painting above. It isn’t supposed to be anything. I just really liked the colors and how they went together. As I said, this painting was just lying around and I decided to finish it off. Since I first made the painting, I have acquired more products and learned more techniques. So, after painting the sides a deep turquoise, I used glazing liquid and fluid paint to jazz the colors up a bit.
I also gave it an isolation coat and a final coat of varnish which makes it nice and shiny. Here is where it lives now.
Technically, this is the first painting of 2019! 🙂