Under Control

Roses – Mixed Media on Canvas Board – 10×12 inches

I enjoyed painting Flowerburst so much that I decided to make another painting.  This time I tried to control the drips in order to create a still life of flowers in a vase.  Sometimes being in control is not always a good thing.  Although I like what I created, the process wasn’t as freeing as the first time I tried this.

Here is a close up of a section:

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There is a fair amount of texture in this painting.  When the gesso was still wet, I imprinted a rose stencil on the canvas board.  You may not be able to see it in the background, but you can see it when you get close.

Here is what the painting would look like framed:

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Iris

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07.07.11 – Iris – Mixed Media on Paper – A4

 

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Iris – Acrylic on Canvas – A3

 

I like the original photograph so much that I wanted to paint this again, but bigger.  I might try it again, in watercolors.

 

Bits and Bobs

I am not a doodler.  I don’t have a sketchbook. No, I lie.  I have a few, but I don’t really use them.  I have tried, but I am not naturally inspired to draw or paint anything.  I never did it when I was a child either.   I know there are lots of artists who draw things out first, but I am not really one of those.  I also don’t plan.  I work off of ideas or something that inspires me.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes not.  Here are a few small pieces that I did recently.

img_3221Lavender Fields – Watercolor on Bockingford – Half A4 size

This is a practice piece, but I like it.  This is only one wash and took a few minutes, wet on dry.

img_3222Squash – Oil pastel on Paper – half A4

I bought some little squashes to paint, but I kept putting it off until now.  I wasn’t confident painting them in watercolor, so I got out my oil pastels.  For me, this is a doodle.  I can use this as a reference for something else if I want to.  I am not confident with oil pastels.  I think that you have to be really good with drawing and mark making.  To be frank, I really don’t know what to do with them and the books I have are a bit traditional.  I had loads of cheap pastels, but I sifted through them and gave some to one of my neighbour’s children and the rest to the charity shop.  I only have good ones now.

img_3223-editedWinter landscape  – Watercolor on Bockingford – Half A4 Cropped

I painted this last week, but wasn’t happy with the bottom under the trees, now in the foreground and decided to add trees to the horizon of the sky and make a lake.  It looks better, but I will probably try this again on a fresh piece of paper.  Sorry about the quality, but my phone doesn’t like the purple and wants to make it blue.

That’s it for now. Happy painting!