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Gosh its hot today!

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Who would have thought Scotland could bask in such heat? I’d forgotten what the sunshine felt like! So glad to be in the house rather than outside – I’ve been painting this morning. Well, not actively painting with a brush, more just pouring paint around. here are some detail shots of the ones I like.

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One thing I’m learning about this technique, is that (apparently) the idea is to get cells appearing, which shows the colour underneath, but, I don’t like cells. I mean, this one is very pretty, and its still changing, but……I prefer the flowing and merging colours of a marble effect. Its personal preference, of course, but…..

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….I much prefer this look….the veiny patterns and random shapes, all soft and flowy.

Still, both are nice in their own way. I’m trying to get hold of some decent varnish or even resin (gulp) to coat the surface of them. I love the glassy look rather than matt, although I’m kind of worried about the chemical element of such things. Ah well…..onwards and upwards.

 

Framing with or without….

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Framed Decalco Painting

I put this decal painting of mine in a frame, just to see what it looks like. Then I took out the glass, and I much prefer the way it looks when there is no glass in the way. Its not conventional to have an un-glassed artwork in a frame, especially when its an original…..but y’know…I like it. And I’m not a conventional person, but….I was wondering if it lacks professionalism not have glass over it? I just think the colours “pop” more when its open like this. What do you think? Do you prefer to look at a painting with glass or no glass (naturally I couldn’t take a decent photo of it with glass on it, due to said reflection issues……)

River and Reeds (painting)

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River and Reeds

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*)

Misty View Painting

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Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the weekend! I wanted to share this painting with you, because…..well, I’m kind of excited about it. (Everything I do makes me stupidly happy, but still….there is always room for more smiles!)

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This is in a larger size format……most of my decals are fairly small, about A4 size (8.3 x 11.7 for US people), but this…..this….is huge in comparison! Its almost like A2 size…..(approx 16 x 16 inches – although strictly speaking A2 is 16×23 inches)

The larger size means a different way of working, as in trying to get a new consistency for the paint, different drying times before lifting it from the surface. I’m also using different paper so I have to allow for that too…gosh who knew hard thinking could be this much fun! 🙂

I’m working on a larger size so that I can actually try and get some framed to hang on the wall…..instead of using an app to see what they “would” look like if they were bigger.

Anyway….thats what I’m doing this weekend. What about you?

 

Decalcomania 2017

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Hello everybody! I hope you are all well 😀 I realised with a bit of a shock that today is practically the end of January already, and its been a week since I blogged. I want to share my first (of the year) Decalcomania with you. As regular readers will know, I have a bit of an obsession with this art form, and practice it fairly regularly as in here and here and oh, lets have this one too I also mess around with them to achieve weird effects like this.

But these are two I did this week

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This looks a bit like water tumbling around the bottom of a cliff face, don’t you think? or maybe a little riverbank and some (blotchy) leaves are being blown into the stream.

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And these could be steps….maybe leading up to the cliff? Or steps carved out from a mountain.

Either way, I adore the 3D effect of Decalcomania.

 

ScribbleArt……

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Hello! Gosh its cold today isn’t? Hope you are all wrapped up.

So I thought I would show a couple of pics I have put on my Instagram recently. They are what I call “scribbleart”, for want of a better description.

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Its simply scribbling some shapes on paper (I use the back of wallpaper samples for this because they are large, and why use decent paper anyway for a scribble?) then I find some shapes I like and embellish them into something resembling a narrative. Its a great way to relax and silence the inner critic.

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Of course, the odd shapes can present some usual creatures! 🙂

 

Hurtling out of the Comfort Zone Again!

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Well hello everyone! How are you all? Let me present my newest obsession…

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Geometric painting.

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.

Redness of Firey depths

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So I did this Hairdryer paintingredness1

I thought it looked quite firey and red. Very red, actually. It reminded me of what hell might look like. So bizarrely, that led me to look up – of all things – Devil.com to see if it was available (my mind works in strange ways). It was “available for rent or purchase”. So then I looked up God.com.

“Error. Server not available.”

The moral of the story seems to be that even in Cyberspace, God is not for sale, whereas the Devil will do anything for money.

Interesting……!

(Disclaimer: This post is for entertainment purposes only. No religious offence is intended or implied)