Triptych in Blue

As I mentioned before, I am working my way through my substrates.  I have so much, that I am not allowing myself to purchase any more until they are all used up (or mostly all used up).  I’ve had a set of 3 panels for some time now.  Whatever made me purchase them, I have no idea, but since I have them I had to use them.  So this is what we got:

IMG_4466Acrylic and Collage on Canvas – 40x45cm (16×17.5 inches)

Sorry about the quality of the photograph, but it has been a dull and rainy day today and I really wanted to show you what I have been doing.  This painting is actually a bit more vibrant.  I will try and get a better one if the sun ever comes out anytime soon.  I have been using the leftover paint from this one on a smaller canvas board – 10×12 inches.  Here are some closeups of the panels.

While painting the previous stripes paintings, I remembered something about myself that I had forgotten, and that is I really like stripes (and grids).  There is order in a straight line and containment in a grid (although the lines above are not particularly straight). So I will be experimenting with lines and grids for the foreseeable future.  Here I used 3 different blues, some straight out of the bottle/tube and mixed with white/black. I also used yellow to make a green.  Hmmm, I wonder how many different blue paintings I can make?

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Lines

Hello everyone.  It has been non-stop here the last few weeks with family things, work and dog stuff.  I have a few paintings on the burner, but I actually managed to complete two recently.

IMG_4458Acrylic on Canvas Board – 10 x 12 inches

I used my regular artists acrylic paint, with some fluid and open paint.  On the one below, I added a texture paste to the canvas prior to painting.

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Acrylic on Canvas – 60x40cm

I started both at the same time as I had the colors I needed already out.  Working on two different surfaces is interesting as the paint goes on in different ways.  The canvas board is obviously a more rigid surface which makes the paint flow more smoothly.  The painting above has a thin profile and the sides are painted black.  I have been trying to work out how to frame it, but in the meantime it shall just hang as is.  The smaller painting will just fit into a standard 10×12 inch picture frame.  The smaller painting was always intended on being in portrait format, but the large canvas lends itself to a landscape.  I had to flip it around a few times to work out which way I liked it best.  I might even keep it!

Online Art Class – The Finale

FullSizeRenderStill Life – Mixed Media on Paper – 12 x 12 inches

I managed to finish my online art course on Easter Sunday.  The plan was to upgrade to a 16×16 inch cradle board, but I have plans for those boards.  This final painting is the product of a combination of techniques we have been working with over the last few weeks.  I am not used to working with watersoluble media and acrylic paint together, but it did lend to some interesting effects.  My favorite part was drawing very loosely.  As I am not trying to make an exact copy, I felt more free to let the line go where it wanted to.  You can still tell what my things are.  All in all, I quite enjoyed this online class. 🙂

While working on my lessons, I was inspired to look at other artist’s works and to learn more about them.  This brought me to the world of Cubism and Picasso (a genius) and Georges Braque, Paul Klee and other post impressionist artists.  It isn’t as if I hadn’t heard of these artists before, but I was inspired to delve deeper and learn about their lives and what motivated them to paint the way they did.  I have added a few more books to my collection for inspiration.

On another note, many of my paintings in my Etsy shop have now expired and will not be relisted.  There are still a few more days to grab a bargain as there is a 40% discount with a minimum spend of £50.

Thanks for stopping by.