I got this elephant from the charity shop where I work as a volunteer (maybe I haven’t said before, but I have been there a month or so now just to keep me busy) and it was a simple white ceramic elephant. I jazzed it up with acrylic paint to make it a little bit funky. (The customers of the shop are so funny – I could write an entire blog about it in itself, but *privacy issues* y’know…..)
I also used the elephant as a way to get my creative “mojo” back on track since I lost it for a while. Its been a busy wee month here, although still no jobs are happening. (I kind of get fed up after a while when nobody even bothers to reply)
Hope all is well out there in blogland. 🙂 Now I have some focus, perhaps posting here will become a bit more frequent!
Yesterday I went looking for some cheap canvas and gesso. I came home with 5 sheets of Foamcore. I reasoned that I had saved money getting that for my painting pours – I had never used it before, so it would be interesting to say the least. This was A3 size. Acrylic and water.
It started out well…lovely detail shots here
If only it would stay like that…hrrmph! Like all pours, things change, and this is how it dried out this morning.
Its alright I suppose…..still some nice detailing mostly….but the beginning was much better. Also, being foamcore, it warped like mad, making the paint pool in the most annoying way!
But hey, its all about the learning. I wonder what else I can use…..
I know, another obsession brewing, heh! But look!
I’m just showing two bits of the same painting here, because it changes all the time – but this is just acrylic paint and water on a canvas. I’m just loving the tiny detailed swirls. Its a small canvas 30 x 40cm, but the entire thing looks like marble. I’m looking forward to it drying so I can varnish it and bring out the colours.
Whoot! Hi everyone! Glad to be back – issues still ongoing, but lets not be moany. I hope you are all having a fine day.
Lemme show you something I have been working on – its poured painting. These shots are all different parts of the same painting.
Remember when I tried the hairdryer paintings, and said I didn’t want to try acrylic poured painting because it involved chemicals and stuff? Well I got some good results just using water and paint.
The thing with this technique is that it changes ALL the time – for example….this shot here no longer exists. It had morphed into something else by the time I had uploaded the picture.
This is at the bottom of the picture and is beginning to dry. When the paint dries, it gets quite muted so I’m going to have to find a varnish that can bring back the vibrance and shine.
Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. Gosh its turned SO cold today – we had snow and wind and allsorts….I thought it was supposed to be Spring! Anyway, I did this little decalcomania painting of a little stream running through some reeds out into the open river. I was thinking of my local river and how high it is with all the recent rain, and the treacherous waterfall that pounds over the rocks – I really must take a photo in the next couple of days, because it has swamped all the little islands that the ducks live on, and now they are all paddling furiously around trying to find food and dry land! (Having re-read that I realise how terribly British it is to complain about the weather. My last post was on that subject too – I do apologise *ahem*)
Well hello everyone! How are you all? Let me present my newest obsession…
Now I’m not yet done with collage, oh no…..but I did want to try something a bit different. See, this is what I do….(for new followers) I get all interested in something, try it out for a while until I feel I have learned it, then I move on to something else. The collages were/are a joy but I still feel its not *my* work, y’know…from start to finish.
I wanted to get back to painting, and I was in the mood for bold bright colours, to brighten up this gloomy cold weather (and world mood, heh!) that seems to have descended upon us.
So, as I’m into abstracts, and normally I paint amorphous shapes, I thought I would practice some hard edge lines. Now, as this is my first one, its still got a way to go as far as the clean fine lines go, but its big, bold, and bright – the canvas is quite large (for me, anyway, 50 cm x 70 cm). It took two days, and now I understand why geometric artists don’t do circles. Circles are a killer to paint! Also I’m seeing now that the “horizon” could do with some levelling up….I can’t see that on the actual painting because I’m too close to it. But hey, I’m quite pleased with it for a first go.
Ok, so I haven’t used pastel in oh-so-many years, and I bought a small box the other week and began some small pieces. None of them looked very fine, so I put them aside and took out some acrylics. I wondered how the pastels would behave on top of paint, and started to draw and blend.
“Where do escaped balloons go?” Acrylic and pastel A3
I think they look not too bad for a first go really. Ok, there isn’t much detail but the blending is so much better than pastel on paper itself, I think. And given this was done very quickly without much planning, I think the greens look quite nice on the blue paint.