Thursday, February 26, 2009

another play result - in progress

This is just a beginning - full sheet watercolour paper - using acrylics and texturing devices: saran, bubble wrap, wax paper and plastic mat. Now I need to sort out shapes and balance the textures. Also, this will need a value plan to create movement thru the piece. The inspiration was Pat Dew's video "Creative Discoveries in Watermedia".

Monday, February 23, 2009

play days

This is 12x 12 acrylic on paper which I will later mount on canvas. Another for the "cycles" group - this started with a gessoed surface and texture stamps with further work on the circles so that there are both positive and negative shapes flowing through the whole.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

cycles 3

Another in the "cycles" series I've fallen into, this one took a bit longer to resolve but I'm fairly satisfied with it now. It had been sitting since Monday and I went back to it at 10:30 last night just to think but instead a "what if I try ...?" moment turned into a resolution! Yah!

Monday, February 16, 2009

"cycles" continued

I started another 4 paintings based on the one from last week. I kept to the 12" square format but altered the starting surfaces. Some had gesso on them already and I added wax scribble/line to all 4. I laid the colours in, in a circular pattern and enhanced them with textures. When the washes dried, I randomly used GAC over the top of the colour and when that dried - bumped up the contrast with darker colours. This one is a success!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

play time

I was finishing up some of the earlier paintings I've posted and decided I wanted to play a bit. Having just been on the CWMF site, I was thinking about the various experiments I had done in Mary Todd Beam's workshops.
This is acrylic and wax crayon on 11" x 11" watercolour paper.
I stamped some various textures into this as I worked. I had intended to do some graphite lines as well - had started then decided to erase some - low and behold, the wax lines re emerged! They had become very subdued after the paint and stamping. I'm letting it sit for a bit to see if I think it needs anything more.


I was playing with my computer (iMac) and its' photo booth - there are all sorts of options for ways to play with your image - you take a photo of yourself! Andy Warhol would enjoy these.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

again with the flowers

another not so spontaneous attemp at loose flora - this one did NOT flow off the brush - it took about 8 hours to get it to this point and I still am not totally thrilled with it - but at least I'm painting!
16 x 20 acrylic on canvas