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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!

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Alternative Work Surface

 

IMG_4425Untitled – Acrylic on Hardboard – 8×8 inches

I have been working on a few things this past month, and working full time.  I have finished all of my online art courses and am now trying to put into practice some of the things I learned.  I really enjoyed making High Key, and thought I might have another go.

I framed my first piece and was left with the backing of the picture frame.  With some small frames, the backs sometimes have an option of either hanging on the wall or standing up on a table.  I had removed the glass and back of an 8×8 frame to mount a small, thin profiled 8×8 cradled wood panel.  As the hardboard backing was in good condition, I decided to use it to make another painting.  I hate waste and here was an opportunity for some recycling.  This is what it looks like.

 

I painted the hardboard with black gesso to seal it.  Then I painted and used a final coat of faux encaustic on the front and gloss varnish on the back.  I gave the painting to a work colleague.  Sometimes its nice to make something and then give it away to make someone happy. 🙂

 

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.

Thanks for stopping by!