WIP – Mixed Media Express 1

I wasn’t going to post any class work until I was completely finished, but I wanted to let you all know that I am actually painting, and I wanted you to see what can happen with an on-line class.  I purchased the Mixed Media Express bundle with my 20% off discount that I mentioned in my previous post.  A lot of online classes have a Facebook group that you can join and this one is no exception.  There are 4 different FB groups for this bundle as there are 4 lessons.  Julie Prichard will look at your work and give you advice.  She doesn’t just say nice things for the sake of it.  Though she hasn’t said anything awful either.  She will make suggestions and it will be up to you to take her up on it or not.

In this lesson, we watch Julie make a painting.  There is a color scheme, but that is it.  The rest is off the cuff.  By watching someone else paint, one can learn so much.  I like her style, I have a book, and now I can watch her work.  I am not one for doing warm ups or making thumbnail sketches, so this is great for me.  I went with the same or similar colors for this lesson as I like them.  After that, my painting went in a completely different direction.

Here is the first stage of my painting, with a close-up.  I am working on 10×12 inch canvas board.

This is the nearly finished painting.

IMG_4229I say nearly finished as I think I could do more with the sky.  I was not intending on painting a section of The Seven Sisters, but that is how it ended up.  Here are some close-ups.

We have marks and drips and all sorts.  I was working on an abstract, but it turned into something more realistic, but in a loose way.   Sometimes that is the way it goes.  I saw something and then got into the zone.

I am still working on Layer Love 2.0 and am about half way through it.  While waiting for paint to dry, I started on the Mixed Media Express series.  It is good to have a few things on the go.  I think I may have finally found my style.  I can still paint ‘things’, but in a more abstract way and in a method that suits me better.  I really like layering and lifting off paint and using drips and drops.  I even found some other uses for my brayer and am feeling better about making marks for no reason.  And who knew that I would love green and blue so much!

Happy painting people!

Layer Love 2.0 Discount Code and Class

Windows of the Soul – Mixed Media on Canvas Board – 10×12 inches based on a lesson from Acrylic Solutions: Exploring Mixed Media Layer by Layer

I am taking another online art class.  This time it is with Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen and is called Layer Love 2.0.  I bought their book Acrylic Solutions: Exploring Mixed Media Layer by Layer.

I really enjoyed the book and have been wanting to do one of their online art classes.  I finally got the courage to book Layer Love 2.0.  It seems that once you start one online art class, it is easier to book another.  Julie and Chris both have different styles that appeal to me in different ways, but I have to admit that I am more drawn to the way that Julie paints as I really like her style of abstract art.

Julie is currently offering a 20% off discount code to use to purchase workshops and artwork as often as you like until the 15th of May and is happy for you to share.  The discount code is MAYFLOWERS.  

Julie’s website: http://thelandoflostluggage.com/

I wish I knew this code before I bought the workshop, but I am enjoying it so far and might use it to book another class!

Please note that I will not be posting any updates on this class and will only be posting finished pieces at the end.

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.