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.


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!

Regatta II – A Bit Bigger


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is now this!


Regatta II – Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel – 12×12 inches

I liked Regatta so much that I decided to make another, but larger one.  However, trying to replicate a painting is a bit of a challenge and pretty much impossible.  I used some techniques I recently learned and am having a lot of fun with.

This painting took me longer than I thought it would.  I had to use two coats of gesso on top of the old painting to get rid of the marks so I could start over.  Thankfully the weather has been nice and I was able to have the layers dry in the sun.  Although a bit different, the color scheme is the same as the other painting.  I am really liking painting with greens and blues so much.  Just like being at the seaside!

I also added thicker paint to the sails.  This made such a difference that I did the same to Regatta as below.


Regatta – Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel – 9×12 inches

As you can see, I didn’t add thick paint to all of the sails here as I wanted the small ones to fade in the distance.

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Hello!  We’ve just come back from our annual camping holiday to France and while waiting for work to roll in (and after doing shed loads of laundry!), I have made a painting to commemorate our lovely vacation.

You may remember this:

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This is the painting of my favorite teapot from the Lynn Whipple course I did in March.  I loved the background, but not the rest.  I have had it sitting around these last few months waiting for my hubs to move a painting in the kitchen to hang it up.  I am so glad he hadn’t done that!  There are many layers on this cradled wood panel.  Here is what it looks like now.

IMG_4370Regatta – Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel – 21×29.5cm

I used some of the techniques I learned in the Mixed Media Express 3 online course with Julie Prichard.  I managed to save some parts I really like and you can also see some of the other marks underneath if you look closely.  It wasn’t my intention to paint a Regatta, but that is how it turned out!  Maybe my sub-conscious won out as I did have a plan to make a Regatta painting based on the boats we saw on Lac Annecy in France.  I may even make some more as I enjoyed painting this so much.

Here are a couple of close ups:

If you want to see some photos of where we stayed this year, I put up some posts on my other blog, Dream Big – Pack Lite.  I needed something to do as I didn’t have any paint with me! 🙂

Happy Painting People!