Showing posts with label painting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label painting. Show all posts

Sunday, September 24, 2017

On the Cliffs - Painting over an acrylic poured background

I have been experimenting with a new technique of acrylic pouring with mixed results. This little 8*10 painting is one of these that didn't quite turn out the way I hoped, so when it dried instead of repouring I decided to use it as a background for another painting. There were not a lot of "pre-loaded images" to work within this pour -these are images that just appear -  so I had to rely on the colors in the background to choose colors the colors for the foreground. The muted blues/greys and texture reminded me of washed out plaster so running with that I emphasized the oranges, pinks, and greens. With all the visual interest the background you don't have to worry about covering all the underpainting, just enough develop your vision.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dependence

This painting was started by using a messy background that was accomplished by using inks, acrylics, heavy body gel medium and stencils for texture. You can see the texture of the gel medium being utilized in the fish and some raised letters and symbols hidden in the background. I used some drywall tape and randomly smooshed some medium into the holes and it worked to give me some texture and direction in the painting, I like this method of intuitive painting because it does not force the work, it just allows it to develop naturally.
When I was working on this I had to make a few adjustments as I went. The biggest challenge was connecting the human and fish form This is where I added the tongue with the fishing line - problem solved. For added interest, you can also find some charcoal pencil mark making and a fun foam fish stamp that I pulled from my collection.
Hope you enjoy and remember sharing is caring.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Morphed abstract acrylic portrait painting




I am very excited to bring you this latest work named "Morphed". This abstract painting is a representation of the ying and yang of humanity and how even though we see the world through the same eyes, our perspective is completely unique. I hope you enjoy.
18 * 24 inch
acrylic on stretched canvas

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Serenity in Mixed Media

5*8 inch
mixed media over monoprint

When I developed this Buddha painting I felt like a sculpture pushing (adding darks) and pulling features (adding lights). I used a very simplistic palette of just Prussian blue and white over a Gelli print, but I feel it has some impact with the texture of the print showing through. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mixed Media Rooster Gelli print painting

Cockadoodle Doo
5*8
Mixed media (Gelli print, acrylic, watercolor, oil pencil, ink, pastel)

Good morning sunshine! Rise and Shine!   

One of my more favorite Gelli paintings as I love everything chicken. Having a small flock is one of the reasons we moved out of  the city and into a community that is chicken friendly.
So to honor this funny little man I pulled a page from my paper journal and just went at it. One of the benefits of painting on either a toned or pattern background is that not only does the mid tone color of the underpainting works to tie the painting together, but the subtle texture in the print can add a certain je nais saia quoi, even of you only see specks of it here and there. You can see that interesting pattern come through in the area behind the waddle and in the eye area and it really lends itself to adding the texture without having to paint it. I love it!
As 2017 is the Chinese year of the rooster I plan on completing a set of these paintings to be sold in art card form so stay tuned.
I hope this inspire you to grab some supplies and play. If you enjoy these pieces just remember that sharing is caring.



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The old covered bridge


Well I am finally feeling better but now the kiddo's are sick. :( So while the babes are resting on the couch watching movies, I pulled out my paints and put together this little landscape of an old covered bridge.
4 * 5.25 inch watercolor on 140lb arches Hope you enjoy. Click Here to purchase!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Acrylic Monoprint Man in Glasses

I really like the spontanious nature of pulling these prints, the texture you get is even more unpredictable than watercolors. This one of the old man in glasses was created with Golden Open acrylics and detailed with ink on AF cardstock. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

African Child Monoprint

I have been working on some monoprint ideas lately. I really like the graphic nature of these prints but I am more of a painterly type person. So combining the two this is my take on monotyping. This is a 5 * 7 inch using golden open acrylics and ink on illustration board. I would love to hear what you think.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ink and watercolor mini portrait

This painting practically painted its self. I started off by doing a grey scale under painting with black ink and water pens. Then applied a few washes of color to bring her to life. The shading was already taken care of with ink washes.  Hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas everyone.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pottery Barn/ Bower Power Inspired Santa Painting

Christmas - My second favorite time of the year. Every year we try and add some homemade decorations and after perusing Pinterest I saw this awesome image of Santa and just fell in love with it. Pottery Barn did theirs in silver glitter and Bower Power did theirs in red glitter. Hmmm. 2 young children and a bowl full of glitter is just asking for problems so I did his image in the traditional red and white. I love how he turned out and a wonderful addition to our Christmas decor. He is quite large measuring 2ft * 2ft on a 2inch gallery stretched canvas. Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Outcroppings and Old trees on Misty Lake ATC's

These are a few of the small paintings I have been working on this week. Outcroppings was done mixed media with an ink and watercolor wash
and old trees on misty lake is a traditional watercolor.
Hope you enjoy. :)


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Monday, June 18, 2012

Feeling Fauvist Portrait Painting

Well while the kids were making up their Father' day cards this weekend I pulled out my paints and let them fly. It is very strange that anything put on the open market is usually very detailed and traditional but anything that I make up for our home is bold,colorful and almost abstract. I love the way this painting turned out-very few strokes with bold color. :)
Untitled
8 * 10 acrylic on canvas board
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Beach Scuttle Orange Crab Acrylic Painting

I've been so busy with spring cleaning, starting some of my seeds and some furniture revamps that I haven't had a chance to get much work donein weeks. :0 This little acrylic painting measures 4.75 * 7 * 0.5 inch. This is a gallery wrapped canvas with the red of the underpainting used on the sides.
Hope you enjoy
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Little Boy's Treasure Chest

This is number 2 of 3 and the one that has made me so giddy. It turned out awesome, well we think so anyways and my clients are over the top happy. 1 more to go for my litle girl and I will be done with this project. Hopefully I can get it finished to get it under the tree in time. :)


Monday, December 12, 2011

Mermaid and Clown Fish Treasure Chest

Good morning everyone. So I have teamed up again with my neighbours for this project. As you may remember from past posts they are professional woodworkers and alot of our projects around here couldnt have been done without their assistance. Well they could have been, but they wouldnt look as pretty as they do. :) Times are tough for everyone this year so we bartered on these Chiristmas gifts. In exchange for building my daughter a chest, I would paint 3 of them up. These chests are so beautifully made with(maple wood, dove tailed and even a secret pop out compartment) so the design had to leave alot of open space and if possible a girly based timeless piece ( but had to have a clown fish and a mermaid ) for 2 and a boy based theme that had to incorporate an antique diving helmet and an anchor for the third. Hmmm. No pressure! :0 Oh and did I say that I only had a week to pull this off. :0 Well this is my first one... It still has to go back and get the hardward, leather strapping and polish but they are going to be GORGEOUS when they are done.
Hope you enjoy.

ps, Does anyone else use their talents to barter with? Would love to hear about it. :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Autumn Leaves Watercolor ACEO

2.5 * 3.5 inch
watercolor on 140lb CP
Well my Christmas shopping is done, the house is decorated and handmade items are made and wrapped, I don't have to cook this year so we are sitting back and relaxing from now until January. ;)  Fist time EVER.. LOL Now that I said that I know karma is gonna come a bite me in the butt. Oh well until then I will get as much done as possible. This is my latest trading card featuring a sprig of fall leaves set against an old wood fence. Hope you enjoy.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Girl In Red - Watercolor ACEO

This weeks new release. This is portrait # 8 from my children from around the world series.

Artist Trading Card 2.5 * 3.5 inch Watercolor on 140lb CP
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

ACEO Girl in Braids - Watercolor portrait painting

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Friends and Family!
Im a little disapointed in myself. While I was trimming this piece the blade slipped and now it is a touch smaller than an aceo. So now she measures 2.25 * 3.5 inch  watercolor on 140lb CP arches SOLD
Hope you enjoy

Monday, November 21, 2011

Shy Mexican Girl - Watercolor ACEO portrait


She is part of my children from around the world portrait collection. 2.5 * 3.5 inch was painted using artist grade watercolors on 140lb CP Arches paper.
Hope you enjoy
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Watercolor portrait tutorial - Girl in Pink

Wow it has been a long time since I have done one of these little tutorials/ paint alongs. Yesterday I thought I would paint up a little girl. I had no real person in mind, I just started with a basic line drawing getting her perspectives down and picking out my pallett of hmmm.... lets see... quin gold, perm red and cobalt blue, opera and i will toss a little burnt umber in at the end.
Lets start by wetting her face and dropping in some color to get a base of where we want to go with this. At this point I will be working with only my yellow and red remember to work around your lights.

Still working wet in wet and building up light layers of my yellow and reds all the time thinking about where the sun will hit her face. You will see I added just a dab of burnt umber to place the eyes. Dont forget to leave the highlights.

Continue building up your layers of sunshine, but now it is time to start thinking about how and where your facial structures recede. The eye sockets and sides of the nose the dip under her bottom lip the hollows of the cheeks and dont forget her temples. We can start adding our shadows into her layers. Work light!!! You can always add paint but it is Really hard to take it away.  

I wanted to get in my darks at this point, so I had to first pop in some background of perm red and cobalt. This will not be the final layer I juts needed something for her hair to sit on.  
Mix up some powerful mixes of Yellow, Red, Blue and Umber. She is backlit so remember to leave a couple wispy lights around her head working in some sunshine and then into your red and blues for your really darks. The umber I used is just enough to tone down a few areas but not enough to give an overall color. Remember if your values are correct it doesnt matter what colors you use. You will have to go back in at this point to make some final tweeks, but at this point Im going to call her done.
2.5 * 3.5 inch
Hope you enjoyed this mini demo
SOLD