Saturday, December 31, 2016

30 paintings in 30 days challenge

Leslie Saeta is hosting another" 30 paintings in 30 days challenge" starting January 1st, 2017.  I signed up for it. Gulp!
It takes some guts to do this kind of thing. I am not very good at painting every day. And, I don't like showing anybody my work.
 However, I happened to meet an artist the other day while looking around our new home-to-be city, Littleton, Colorado. He had a small studio in a strip mall advertising classes. There was an old dog sitting at the back of the shop and I just had to go in and say, "hi". I love dogs.
The artist had a lot of brillian fall colors landscapes with big brush strokes and lots of energy. I commented on their beauty and he said he did most in the 30 days challenge.
"It's fun" he said. "Paint flies everywhere and you just get lost in it."
I guess his enthusiasm rubbed off on me 'cause today I got the e-mail invitation to join in the "fun".
go to:

Sign up.
Drive yourself a little crazy for a month.
I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

10252016-Pinks n Pastel

This is a 12 x 12 inch canvas I used to play with my new Holbein acrylic paints. This is a combo of Hansa Yellow Light and Quinacridone Red, mixed with lots of water and some alcohol drips.

This artist grade paint is really easy to use. It's very creamy and has a lot of pigment in the mix. It's my new favorite! 

I used a dry white soft pastel to draw out the flowers and vase, and then painted using some Liquitex Basics white acyrlic paint to do some negative shape painting around the drawing.

After that I get to play with the table. This time I glued some tissue paper I had made that has a nice pattern painted using a stencil and more Basics white paint. The creaminess of that paint is what makes me buy it over and over again. It just glides off my brush and that is exactly why I really like these new to me Holbein paints. Creamy! Soft! Intense Color! Artist grade promise of longevity! What's not to like? 
I really like using tissue paper because when it's glued down with some matt medium, it is translucent, allowing the gorgeous colors of the base painting to show through.
I liked this base coat of colors so much, I just couldn't pick up any tubes of paint to cover over the flowers. So, here I collaged some tissue paper that I had painted with a bright gold metallic paint. Ripping those pieces and gluing them down to highlight the centers was a lot of fun. And, I could see ahead of time what it would look like before I made the committment to a color change.  Not something I can do when I have a paint brush in my hand!
I did the same thing with these stems. Green and gold painted tissue paper collaged with matt medium. I had a video playing while cutting, ripping and gluing and the time went by really fast. I never get tired of the 1996 movie, "Michael" with John Travolta, Andy MacDowell and William Hurt. One of many movies I play over and over while in my studio. 
I REALLY did not want to paint out those flowers, so I did what I usually do: outline with oil pastel.  I wish I could tell you what is so satisfying about using these pastels, but that eludes me. All I can say is that the feel of the big fat crayon in my hand is fun, fun, fun! 
I mean, look at this! It's slick, but has texture. It's shiny. It skips on the surface of the canvas and it looks like a 4th grader had a lot of fun in art class. Who could possibly ask for more of a day in paint?
For this final photo I positioned this canvas on some painted tissue paper, and now I'm thinkin' maybe it should be framed in that splash of rosy color... 

It has a name now: What's underneath is important"

$75.00 plus shipping in the U.S. 
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"My vase is compose rose"

OK, so it's been awhile since I even looked at this neglected blog. Retirement gets crazy is all I've got to say. This is a painting done in January 2016.  I totally enjoyed playing around with the idea of "not realistic" vases of flowers. I did some simple water colors at first and had so much fun, I decided to go for an acrylic version.The final canvas is 20 inches by 20 inches and was a pleasure to work on. Here are a few photos of the progression. 
My favorite part of all is the oil pastel outline  I add at the end. It takes me back to fourth grade when everything I drew started with an outline.  The title is based on the name of one of the acrylic paints I used made by the Holbein paint company.
Amazingly, this painting is now on display with about 14 others I did in this series at a recreation center in Lone Tree Colorado.  How did it get there?  We moved! From Florida. In May. This is the crazy part I alluded to at the beginning of this post.