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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Did I Say That Paintings Look Great Framed?

 

I am convinced that many paintings look better in a frame.  If it is on paper, then definitely behind glass in a frame.  These two large paintings definitely look better framed.  If the profile of the frame was deeper, I wouldn’t have bothered to frame them, but they were only about 2cm deep and something was needed to anchor the piece.   I am keeping the stripes as I have a place for it upstairs.  The neutral greeny/beige color matches my walls!

I haven’t been painting much these days as I kind of lost my mojo a little bit now that the days are getting shorter and the light is fuzzy.  I have to drive to work with my varifocals on as it is a bit dark when I leave the house.  I have a small piece that I am working on that I am not sure is finished or not, so I am putting it aside until I get more inspiration.  It is nice to have a theme to work with (stripes), but I am a little stuck with what I just started, so I will go on to something else.  I have ideas!

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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!