Painting Like a Cubist

I spent  a couple of afternoons over the Bank Holiday weekend learning to paint like a cubist.  There were 11 of us, most knew each other.  I was the odd one out.  In spite of everything, I managed to let go of any pre-conceived ideas and actually enjoyed myself.

I won’t be calling myself a cubist yet, but the class has given me some ideas.  We did a maximum of 4 bodies of work on A1 cartridge paper and one on A1 wood panel.  We used charcoal for drawing, paint and collage.  We made wood grained paper with a graining tool.  No need to mention that I will be buying one of those on my next trip to the hardware store!

This is what I made.

I made three paintings with the violin and one with a mandolin.  Working in A1 size is rather large for me, but we did trace around the actual instruments to use as templates.  I still have all of my pieces and I could scale them down to make something smaller should I wish to work on canvas or board.  There are no masterpieces here, but the fun was in the journey!


Playing With the Cruciform Shape

I haven’t posted for awhile as I have been very busy at work and home.  My contract has now ended and I have been enjoying a week off of work.  I had been looking at different design compositions lately and one I have been drawn to is the cruciform.  I have to say that I like straight lines and intersections.  I am sure there is some hidden meaning there but…

I recently purchased three videos from the Artist’s Network when they were having a sale.  I am drawn to the work of Annie O’Brien Gonzalez and couldn’t believe my luck when I was able to purchase three videos for $30, which is less in pounds!  In her video on painting abstracts she uses the cruciform shape.  I watched the video a couple of times and then had a go myself.  This is what I turned out.

IMG_4135-001Crossroads – Collage and Mixed Media on Canvas – 20x25cm

Sorry about the quality of the I-photo.  I had a few small 20x25cm canvases floating around and decided to work on these.  Most of the collage is covered up with paint.  I tried to be loose and make marks and stick to a neutral pallet.  I live near the countryside and this reminds me of fields, if not an aerial view of a landscape.  Looking at Google maps for over a year when I worked for the council has stuck in my brain!

This next one is completely different.


Dark Angel – Collage, Mixed Media on Canvas – 20x25cm

Still keeping with a neutral pallet and cruciform shape, I made this dark angel.  I used Micaceous Iron Oxide on top of the black which gives the angel a nice sheen.  It isn’t so easy to see in this picture, sorry.  My husband thinks it is a little bit scary, but I think she can’t be too scary as she has a halo, right?  BTW, this is my first figurative piece!  I might make some more.

I am still working on two more cruciforms in a neutral pallet before I move on to making some more in full color. I will post them when they are finished. Until then, happy painting!

Online Art Class, Lesson 4!

IMG_4099 (Edited)My Favorite Teapot – Mixed Media on Cradled Board – A4 Size

Lesson 4 was about using the skills we have learned thus far and making a dynamic background to draw our favorite cup.  As I don’t have a favorite cup, I used my favorite teapot.  There is a bit of pentimento going on here too as I wasn’t happy with how the water soluble crayons and pencils were reacting with my paint, so I covered it up.  Although some of the marks show through, I am quite happy with that.  I used a skewer, and a scraping tool that looks a bit like a hair pick.  I think it is a felting tool, but not sure.  Anyway, it makes nice lines!

Will look nice in the kitchen with my Yellow Teapot and Barcellos Cockerel.

This isn’t exactly to scale.  The cockerel is A3 and the teapot on top left is A4 and the yellow teapot is a little bit smaller than A4.  They are all varnished and ready to hang this Easter Weekend!  Hopefully I will get to finish off lesson 5&6 this weekend too!

On another note, many items in my Etsy Shop with expire on Easter Monday, the 2nd of April and I am having a 40% off sale with a minimum purchase of £50!  This is chance to start your very own Arlene collection.  Please share with your friends!  Thank you!