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Flowers In Her Hair

I painted these flowers in memory of a friend who recently lost her battle with cancer.

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I painted them with fluid acrylics on canvas board.  I stamped into the paint with bubble wrap to create the flower centers.

I think many of us have been touched by the lives of people who die from cancer too soon.

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I glued some of my gelli-printed deli paper onto the flowers with Matte medium.

My friend was courageous in her fight.  Although we only knew each other online through art classes, I will miss her gentle spirit.

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I added Neocolors to finish my painting.

I’d like to think that she is now wearing flowers in her hair like this haiku I wrote:

Flowers in her hair,

Dancing in a meadow free,

Cancer’s chains released.

Peace!

A Dust Whirl

In the U.S., a dust whirl is also called a dust devil or a dustnado (a dust tornado).  In Austrailia, they are called, “willy willy” or “whirly whirly.”  (Sounds like one of my weird birds, huh?)  Lol!

According to weather.about.com, “Dust whirls form under clear skies usually in the summer.  These occur when one part of the ground heats up faster than the surrounding ground.  These hot spots then draw in cooler air from around them which causes spiraling of the air.  The column of air stretches vertically, which acts to intensify the spinning effect.  The swirling air is made visible by loose dust, dirt and soil.”

Here is my abstract interpretation in watercolor:

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Dust whirls may look like tornadoes (both are rotating columns of wind), but this is where the similarities begin and end.  They are usually harmless and dissipate minutes after forming.

I added soft pastels to my whirl of watercolor:

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I experienced a dust whirl as a child when I was lying on a dock and one picked me up and put me in the water.  It was a big surprise!  😉

Sometimes life feels like a whirl wind… I hope you breeze through your day with a smile on your lips and a paint brush in your hand!

Happy Painting!  🙂

Loose Landscapes

Letter “L” is for loose landscapes at the lake!

As a warm-up exercise for my online class, Y is for Yellow with Carla Sonheim; I did some quick sketches on leftover watercolor paper scraps with a gray and black Neocolor crayon:

I painted several pieces of  watercolor paper with house paint samples that I had leftover from Lynn Whipple’s Big Bold Flower Painting class.  Once dry, I used Dick Blick’s Economy “Blickrylic” acrylic paints to paint landscapes based loosely on my sketches:

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imageIt was lots of fun!  🙂  This assignment inspired me to paint landscapes in colors I would not normally use such as these colors:

As you can see, I have them ready to put in my old “ledger” that I showed you in my post yesterday.

Now, I want to try large and loose landscapes on canvas!

I encourage you try painting loosely and boldly today!  It may give you a new perspective on life!

Happy Painting!  🙂

Painting Peace

Scattered rain showers at the lake on Saturday so I sketched a wild rose in pencil.  I forgot to bring my watercolors so I had to wait until I got home to complete it:

I identified this rose as a Baldhip or Wood rose.  You can see rain droplets in the above photo against a “temporary” blue sky.  Rain is good for many things – a long walk, a good night’s sleep and time to sketch.

After my pencil sketch, I decided to try a looser format in my art journal.  I started this sketch on Saturday evening and finished it the following night with a black Micron pen:

I was upset and saddened by the recent, senseless shooting violence in Orlando, Florida.  So I decided to paint my roses yesterday in the colors of a Peace Rose.

I don’t know if it is possible to paint peace but I gave it my best try.  🙂

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Peace Friends!

Paint Outside The Lines

I remember trying to color “inside” the lines as a child.  It wasn’t always easy.  So I found it very freeing to allow my paint to drip outside the lines on this abstract:

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If you recall, I started this painting as a rose on Aquabord.  You can see it below on the left.  I wasn’t happy with it so I decided to rinse off the watercolor which left a faint under painting that I kind of liked:

I then drew a grid pattern onto it with a pencil and started coloring it in with Neocolors.

It was fun to add water to the Neocolors and allow it to drip outside the grid lines.  At first it reminded me of a map of a countryside.  I was thinking of humorously naming it, “Turn Right At The Red Barn.”

I next decided to add some of my gelli-printed collage papers to it with Matte Medium:

I was very pleased with how it looked on the Aquabord.  I felt like it was almost done but it needed a little something, something…lol!  So I sparingly added red collage paper that had a very subtle circle pattern on it.  I am please with my results:

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Now, I will seal it and frame it.  One of the nice things about Aquabord is you don’t have to frame it under glass once it is sealed.  I kind of like that concept!

I see myself doing more paintings with Aquabord.  Would love to know what you think!

Happy Experimenting!  🙂

Violette

A good friend of mine’s son and his wife, (who live in France) named their daughter, Violette.  I have always thought this is such a pretty name for a girl.

Do you remember my violet that I painted in watercolor from this photograph:

Well, I decided to add more color pencils and doodle around it with a black pen:

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I’m liking it much better now…  I hope to do more combinations of watercolors and doodles.  I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy Painting and Doodling!  🙂

Wine And Flowers

I recently completed a mixed media painting that I’m calling, “Wine and Flowers.”

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I discovered during the process of completing this painting that some paintings must “age” just like a bottle of fine red wine.  It was a long process to get to the point that I was satisfied with it.  The size is 16 x 20 inches on canvas.

I thought you might enjoy seeing my process.  I started by covering the canvas with 2 greens using Liquitex Heavy Body Paints.  I then drew a quick sketch with soft vine charcoal and just started adding to the shapes with Golden Fluid Acrylics:

I found that it helped me to buy a few flowers for inspiration even if I wasn’t painting them exactly.  It was fun to add a few drips for what I call the syrupy stage on the left.  Next, I added some collage papers as you can see on the right.  I used my gelli-printed deli papers for my collage and glued them with Liquitex Matte Medium.  I added collage to the flowers, the wine bottle, the flower vase, wine glasses and the bowl for the grapes.

This painting was an experiment to add collage papers in between my layers of paint.  Unlike my last painting that I added all the collage papers at the end.  I then added more paint to soften the collage papers – below, left photo.  Then I got a little crazy and decided to add some white paint because the painting was looking like I didn’t have a good focal point – too many colors!

I call this state the “ugly stage” because it is when I add many layers to find the right balance in my painting – much like a winemaker blends the grapes together to create the ideal wine.

As you can see I first added more paint and then more collage papers to the above photos.  I also tried to consider what direction my light was coming from which I decided from the right – even though this is not an still life, I think it helps to direct the eye.

It was still looking pretty wild so I added a light yellow house paint sample to the background and a purple to the table.  I then scrapped off the paint and scratched into it with the end of my paint brush as you can see below on the left.  This was a totally spontaneous experiment and I loved the result!  I added two colors of Golden fluid translucent paints to warm up the painting as you can see on the right:

It now has an Oaxacan feel to me that I like.  So I added a little more collage to the vase, grapes and wine glass stems.  (Using part of a map that I previously gelli-printed).  In addition, I added details with soft pastels and soft vine charcoal.  I added a few highlights with white charcoal pencil and signed my name.

To finish it, I added several layers of Krylon Low Odor Clear Finish.  It seems to keep the vibrancy of the soft pastels the best.

Now you can see why it took me several weeks to complete this painting.  I think it’s time to celebrate with a glass of wine!

Cheers Friends!!!  🙂

Lavender Lilacs

Spring arrived and went straight to summer I think…  We have had temperatures in the high 70’s for the last 2 weeks so my lilacs are blooming about 2 weeks early.

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I just love the sweet scent of lilacs, how about you?

I created an abstract watercolor of my lilacs and then added some collage paper:

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I finished it by adding a few color pencils:

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Sweet perfume blossoms – In soft shades of lavender – Delight my senses…

Wishing you a sunny Sunday!  🙂

Poppies and Sunflowers

I finally finished my third big blooms painting!  I have been working on it for some time because I decided to add collage papers to it instead of pastels as I did for my first and second large flower paintings.

Below are progress photos of my acrylic painting before collage:

Once I was somewhat pleased with my painting, I added collage papers that I did on the Gelli plate previously.  I cut them out of my deli printed papers and glued them over my painted flowers with Liquitex gloss medium, paying attention to lights and darks.

On the second one above, I painted over some of the gelli prints that I added to the vase and the background to help blend the colors.  Below is a close-up on the collage at two different stages:

 

And below is my finishing touches – the one on the right is the completed painting:

You may be wondering what the purple flower is?  Well, I kind of made it up!  I liked the color combination!  Lol!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Recycled Art

I have several paintings that I created in experiments that I wanted to recycle into something else.

I started by painting over my images with Golden fluid acrylic paints.  I added random marks and scratched into some of the paints while they were still wet with the end of my paintbrush.  Below is a frog I did on hot pressed watercolor paper:

I liked how the marks revealed some of colors underneath, like this pear painting I did on cold pressed 140 lb paper:

I found this very meditative to just play without thinking about the outcome.  Next, I decided to cut them up into squares and rectangles and draw on them with Uniball gel pens:

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I then attached them to notecards:

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I really like how they turned out!  What do you think?

How do you recycle your art?  I’d love to hear your creative solutions!

Happy Recycling!  🙂