Can One Have Too Many Paintings?

I am a firm believer that one can NEVER have too many paintings, or books.  Unless they are ones you created yourself!  I also believe that paintings tend to look better framed, unless they are on deep gallery wrapped canvas.  Although my cradled wood panels have narrow profiles (1-2cm), they will look great on their own or in a frame.  It depends on the size and whether you hang them in a group of other paintings or on their own.  You can see how they look below.

I’ve had to re-jig my gallery wall in my dining room to accommodate the new paintings I created.  I found some plain black inexpensive picture frames that I could easily pop the 10×12 inch paintings on canvas board into.  The narrow black frame really makes the painting stand out and is great to hang on my wall for the time being, but I would recommend a more substantial frame.  I also found an 8×8 inch square frame for my mixed media painting on cradled wood panel.   Although it looked good unframed, I think it looks better now as it is a small piece.  The sides also have a narrow profile which makes it easy to put into a frame.  I did the same for my yellow teapot, which I love even more now that it is framed.  My husband re-used picture hooks, the kind you tap into the wall, to anchor the painting to the frame as the profile didn’t protrude enough to use standard z-clips.

I’ve had to move some of the paintings from my gallery wall into other rooms or onto different walls. You can see that I found a bit of space behind my dining room door for the teapot and key paintings!  I may soon run out of wall space altogether.  I have picture rails in the main rooms of my house and hang paintings from them as I am constantly making paintings and moving them about.  This way I don’t have to worry about holes in the walls.  I am saving up for a tracking system for the hallways so I can hang even more paintings.  I have a stash of rescued paintings in the loft that are begging to be hung.

I can safely say at this point that I do have too many paintings!  If you would like to help me out, I have a coupon code for free Domestic shipping in my Etsy shop.  The code is: FREE75 and is valid until the 31st of August for orders of £75 and over.  To get to my shop, please click on the link on the sidebar of my blog.

I am considering free shipping for international orders and am working out a minimum spend price to make it worthwhile.  All suggestions will be considered.

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Regatta II – A Bit Bigger


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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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Layer Love 2.0

I have now pretty much completed this on-line course with Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen.  There were a few lessons I did not do.  As much as I like the work of Chris Cozen, her method is a bit more complicated than I would like to do and not the style that I want to get into.  However, watching her work is very interesting and I may go back and try some of her methods to incorporate into my work at a future date.  The nice thing about buying an on-line course like this is that you can look at the videos as many times as you like and at your own leisure.

I will now show you a few pieces I completed on the course.

IMG_4178Lesson 2:  This was the first painting I worked on – 10×12 inches canvas board.  The aim of this lesson was to introduce you to fluid and open paint by Golden and how to blend them.  I now have a comprehensive collection of fluid paint by Golden, AV/Vallejo and Liquitex.  Apart from price and some minor color differences of the same color (I made a color chart), there is not much difference in the quality.  Most of these paints are transparent which make them perfect for making layers.  The downside to fluid paints is that they tend to dry quickly and are best used in combination with glazing or open medium.  Open medium tends to extend the drying time of paint and helps with blendability.

I tried this lesson on gessoed paper to start with.  It was great for the first layer, but it took me awhile to figure out how to make it work for the final layer.  I ended up with about 4 layers instead of 2.  Using the open paints and medium on canvas is a lot easier.

This painting is more green and luminous in person than in the photograph.  I am really happy with how it turned out.

Lesson 5:  This is how it started.

IMG_4183This is the first layer and how it was supposed to go in the lesson.  The painting below is how it ended up.

IMG_4213I have no idea what happened here, but during the process I started to see things and just went with it.  This painting is actually much darker than how it photographed.  It is quite weird for me and not finished.  It needs something, but I am sitting on it to work out what I need.  The lesson should have turned out more like the painting below, but more pale blue.

Lesson 7:  This was a panel with leftover paint. 


This has turned into my ‘grunge’ painting.  There are so many layers of paint on this that I forgot how many there are.  This is also 10×12 inch canvas board.  The object of this lesson was to add and remove paint, glazing, and mark making.  

IMG_4227This painting has a lovely watery feel to it.  I finished it off with a blue glaze.

Lesson 8:  You have seen this in my previous post.

IMG_4238More layering, embedding, and mark making.  Even more grungy than the one above.

Lesson 10:  This one below is the last one from the course:

IMG_4242This is about using collage.  I went with the cruciform 🙂 on a 9×12 inch canvas.  There are a quite a few layers on here as well as I had some challenges with the buff paint and getting those areas right.  I have been using colors that I don’t normally use, but I think I will be using them more often.  I have some ideas.  There is some iridescent bronze that the camera hasn’t picked up.  I am quite happy with how this turned out.   Who knew that I would like the ‘grunge’ look?

What I learned about taking this course:

  1. Open paint takes a long time to dry.  This can be both a good thing and a bad thing.  Good, because you can work with the paint for longer and get great blending.  Bad, because I can be impatient waiting for paint to dry.  Fortunately, the weather was good these last few weeks and I was able to dry paintings in the sun.
  2. I learned how to layer properly and use the brayer.  I now understand the benefit of putting paint down and removing it in order to see the layers underneath which adds depth to the painting.  This can be time consuming, but I did find it very therapeutic.
  3. I used colors that I wouldn’t normally use.  The beauty of working with paint is that you can change your mind, and as a result, and your painting.  I used the colors suggested for the class.  Most of the color pallets are analogous, which can make a painting harmonious and relaxing.  They are not too crazy.
  4. I realized I really enjoy working in an abstract way.  Although I tried to use the same colors and techniques, my paintings did not turn out exactly the same as the instructor’s.  Not even close.  I put my own take on things based on my materials and what I felt comfortable with.  I tried things I hadn’t tried before and I really enjoyed it.
  5. I feel that my painting skills and knowledge of my products and what they can do has improved.
  6. There was absolutely nothing about this course that I did not enjoy.  I had challenges and I worked out how to overcome them.  The support that you get from the instructor is great.  I would hate for someone to tell me something is great when it isn’t.

I feel I progressed the more I worked.  This has been an unusual month for me as I have not had any contract work on and I had to take a week off to care for the dogs when my hubs went away, so I had a lot of time to paint and no excuses.  I combined this course with another course, Mixed Media Express.  So while I waited for paint to dry, I started paintings from the other course.  So it is definitely true that the more you paint, the better you get!  That is how life is too!