WIP – Green Stripes

Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile, but things have been quite hectic on the work and home front.  Our little dog became quite ill, although it took a few weeks to work out what was wrong with her.  It turns out she has Addison’s Disease, and is now on the mend.  It is amazing how a tiny tablet can work magic and turn things around.  This is a lifelong condition, but at least it is manageable.  I’ve also finished one work contract and started a new one the next day, so no rest for the wicked!  The clocks going back don’t help either.  Instead of waking up at 5am I wake up at 4am.  It seems my body clock only requires 6 hrs of sleep a night and a nap in the afternoon.  Unfortunately naps are not allowed at work!

Weekends have been about catching up with chores, dogs and husband.  If I can find some time, I try to get some arty things going.  I did make some Christmas cards with the gel plate as I found some more blank cards lurking around.  I will show them to you when I’m ready to send them out.  I have also been doing a bit of prep on some cradled panels, A3 size.  They needed 3 coats of gesso.  I also started a small painting in some vibrant colors inspired by my duvet cover. 😉

I thought I would show you my WIP.  Here we go:

IMG_4498Green Stripes – Acrylic and collage on Canvas Board – 10×12 inches

This reminds me of patchwork fields.  I still think it needs something, but not sure what, so I have put it aside for now.  This is what I did with the leftover paint on another 10×12 inch canvas board.

IMG_4500I am afraid to do anything with this as I really like the softness of the stripes, so I am leaving this one also.  By the way, I try to have something to wipe my brushes on such as a spare canvas, panel or even paper for collage.  This way you don’t waste paint and you can start a great underpainting for your next master piece.  Who knows, your leftover paint could become a masterpiece in its own right!

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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?

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.  🙂