Tag: painting

Wool Sheep

Joyce was fresh from the hairdressers
And ready to rock ‘n roll.

Dallying with textiles in canvases, I was nervous about putting so many holes in the canvas but it was fun.

Anyone dabbled in embroidery or mixed media like this? I wonder what a big woolly green hedge would look like.

Happy creating!

Oil Pastel Tardis

For a while now I’ve wanted to do more scratching through top layer. That effect is so cool. I only really thought about it for acrylic paint.

I love oil pastels at the moment. They look so bright used properly. So how cool is it to use the scratch through technique with them.

Here is a tiny bit of scratch through:

 

And here is a really cool scratch through sketch. (Say that three times fast)

Already I’m thinking of scratching through the sheep’s wool, a hay bale, a wagon wheel and grass.

It’s such a fun project for kids to try in the hols if they will just do it.

Happy creating!

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Straw and Paint

So.. busy times with Mother’s Day and track and field. We have sports most nights at the moment. I have to be organised lol.

Does anybody want to break out of their comfort zone with me and go big?

I just painted over an old canvas 11 x 16 using acrylic paint and a straw:

A bit grey using a palette knife so I soon swapped it out for a straw.

I got so carried away that my son was a tiny bit late for baseball practise oops!

Here is the finished version:

I felt a bit lightheaded after all that blowing. What else would make the same effect? A hairdryer perhaps.

Anyone else getting bored of brushes?

I bet a sheep would look funky in this style. Watch this space.

Happy creating!

 

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Child’s Play

I forgot to take pictures of some artwork the kids from down the street did.

The important thing is they left huge globs of bright paint around.

I cleaned it all up not wasting a morsel. What a quick and easy way to gain three more paintings. Three designs. Three splats that were not before. And now they be.

No paintbrushes needed just press the paper down and mop up.

There were one or two more that need some added extras for another day.

The good thing about this is you don’t need to fuss about composition or colors that match. Just play.

Happy creating!

 

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Mabel’s Poor Pour


(Mabel by H)

Pour
Drip
Add a color

Pour
Drip
Runs

Pour
Tilt
Add another

Poor
Pour
Stuns.

Learning all the time and that’s what matters. I discovered I can use lots of different colors on one big piece of bubblewrap either altogether or separately over many paintings thus saving paint to make up for the pouring disasters. (woah that was a long sentence)

Here’s the bubblewrap ones. So easy. Do have a go.

Happy creating! 🎨

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The Cross Abstract

I can’t seem to give up eating chips for lent but it seems like an omen that I just happen to read about the cross technique at the beginning of lent. I can do that yay. Cheating a bit but hey ho.

This is a great book for tips about abstract art:

I noticed a couple of techniques I haven’t tried yet. The cross, the L shape and the triangle.

Until Easter I’ll experiment with the cross then move on to the L shape.

Here’s two I did last night watching the Leafs lose:

I love the overlap of color you get with pastels compared to painting.

Now imagine using other themes like sheep! You could have the details of the face in the middle of the cross area. Sounds ambitious. We’ll see.

Check out this amazing artwork by ZacherFinet:

 

This shape would look great in collage too, either completely abstract or a road between fields perhaps.

What would you draw in this shape?

Happy creating!

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Layering and Patience

I love red but there wasn’t enough contrast. You couldn’t make out the circles so I got out the pink. Very unusual color choice for me.

Shaking my virtual maracas in celebration that I didn’t ruin it as I so often do.

Here it is finished:

It is way more fun to start a few paintings at the same time and build up in layers. Have fun guessing which one you’ll finish first.

Tip: Use same color in different ways in different paintings and wait for it to dry before adding new colors. (I wasn’t doing that before, hence all the brown).

Which do you like best red or pink version? I promise not to cry 😜

 

Anyone tried layering? Happy creating! 🎨

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Beach House Paintings

Today I handed over 6 paintings for my friend’s beach house. It was pretty nerve-wracking doing so many and not wanting to mess them up.

Here’s what they looked like early on:



And left aside for a bit they were then ready for a bit of a makeover:



I’d never tried painting or even drawing flip flops before. I accidentally made the top half too wide. They might just haunt me lol.

Specialist Feet Flip Flops

Whose feet are they
That fit snug in such ghastly shoes?
Surely one ought to cover such magnificent beasts more profoundly.
A sneaker, Sir? Would do the trick.
You suggest not I.
But why?
May we not all run wild and free?
With feet as such
One might have other more pressing oddities to cast the eye over.
Just do not cast eyes.
Keep your eyes uncasted
Encased in sun shades
Always looking up.

Catherine Johnson

What an odd poem from the recesses of my mind. Anyone else got a flip flop poem?

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Collage and Paint

Kudos to experienced collagers, getting the tones right between objects is really hard. If it’s too busy you can’t tell where the wool ends and the grass starts.

I promise next time to keep the colors separate and use paper throughout. For now I added paint for the background and gave the wool a black edge. (A before shot would have been a good idea to show wouldn’t it. Oh well.)

Try this with any subject. Happy creating! 🎨

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Suspended

Left dangling or
Free to swing and play
The perspective is yours.

#artmarks30daychallenge

Let’s play!
Happy creating 🎨

P.s. I can’t wait to share the commission I’m working on.

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