Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it!
Just a quick post today, here is a “4×4” piece called “Crimson Vine” I was fooling around with one night:
This is painting is acrylic on deep edge canvas. I love the variation of opaque and transluscent effect of the crimson hues. So I decided to take the colour further, on the face, in the form of a vine.
This painting provokes an interesting thought; how much does our environment seep into our selves… Wishing you a great rest of the week!
Hello everyone, Happy Friday! I am looking forward to the weekend. I don’t know about you, but it seems that every week is about just barely getting through the week, and finally breathing a sigh of relief on Friday night. There’s always something coming up, something that have to be done or dealt with and it’s exponentially worse when there are kids involved. Anyhoo, enough of my ranting..
Below is a 4″x12″ acrylic painting called “Distant Shores” (click on image to see larger view):
I’ve received several comments from people who wanted to know the actual size of my pieces. I thought my site name was self-explanatory 😆; I do like to work small. Art materials are expensive and the larger the work, the more it costs, and usually takes longer to complete. I am not opposed to working large and I may at some point, but since a lot of my works are experimental (as in, me testing out ideas/materials), I have kept my pieces small. So from now on, I will try to include the sizes of my pieces. I am still learning about putting my work out there in the wide wide world of the interweb, so reader feedback is much appreciated.
Moving on to “Distant Shores”, this piece was purely intuitive. I painted it late one night without intending to do any painting. I saw the canvas (by the way, I hoard/stock up on canvases when I see a bargain) and I just started to paint. This piece ended up looking like an alien city, but technically it was about making scratches into the surface of the paint:
As you can see above, many lines and scribbles were inscribed into the surface as well as leaving patches of gold.
I really enjoyed making the gold fine-line scribbles:
The thin gold lines that make up the scribbles resemble a storm. I imagine this type of weather in an alien world (although this happens on earth too).
In this detail you can see a vague silhouette of a city that is aglow from the evening sun:
I decided to render the sun in a playful liquid swirl:
I hope you like this piece, it was something new for me in terms of subject matter, technique and process. I am trying to expand my horizons and explore art mediums and or techniques that are new to me. Thanks for coming along with me in my journey. Have a nice weekend.
Hi everybody, below is the last piece from Seasons mini-series:
This is “Summer”. Unlike my “Winter” painting, I didn’t have a problem doing this piece. Summer is my favorite time of the year. Summer is so beautiful where I live (Vancouver Island). It is warm to hot with no humidity. And the water is gorgeous:
In this detail, I hope you can see the thin layers of water atop the sand. This painting is obviously abstracted~ the water and sand does not look like that where I live, but it feels like that.
The sand and sun is all shimmering gold for me:
In the detail below, I tried to capture the golden light of the sun dancing on the surface of the water:
Here is a skewed shot of from the side:
You can see by the side shot that this piece is not as thickly built-up as other pieces that I’ve done. This is because the subject matter was very straight forward; I did not have to think long about what “Summer” is for me. When this stage of the painting presented itself, I didn’t want to add A thing. Compared to other paintings in this mini-series, it is the simplest and the fastest piece. But in the end, you have to accept when a painting is done.
I am looking forward to summer and I will try to endure the winter as well as I can. Anyone else feel the same?
As promised, here is another one from Seasons mini-series, “Winter”:
I had the hardest time with this one. A kind of block~ I don’t know if it’s because I really don’t like winter. As I get older, I don’t seem to handle cold and dark very well.
Anyhoo, for me, the good things about winter are being warmed by a hearth, rest, hibernation and sleep. I wanted to show a blanket of cold over a sleeping earth:
The hard earth below is done with many textured rocks built up into layers:
Over the earth, is a dark stormy sky mottled with forming snow:
And on top of the blanket of cold, through the veil of sleep, snowy sprinkles:
The white striations remind me of stitching on blankets.
I hope you like this piece, I am satisfied with its overall harmonious and calming feel despite the stormy clouds.
Here is a little piece I did on 4″x4″ Clayboard panel:
I wanted to experiment with acrylic paint and airbrush medium to get watercolour effects. It was interesting to work with acrylic thinned down to such a degree. It was also interesting to work on such a smooth surface such as Clayboard from Ampersand. It’s nice that the surface is rigid hardboard that comes pre-finished using archivally sound methods.
You can see the very thin “watercolour-look” of acrylic paint here, on the upper region:
In this detail, you can see the heavy acrylic paint with micaceous iron oxide. It contrasts the thin “watercolour-look” layer quite well:
The dimensional aspect is further enhanced by the “encrusted” gold highlighted in some areas. I wanted it to capture the beauty of minerals and crystals found in the something humble and eternal as our earth:
Here is another detail:
I enjoyed exploring the thick and thin of this piece but I am still undecided wether I should varnish it in matte or gloss. Right now, it’s quite glossy. Or I can varnish some parts matte and some parts gloss. What do you think?
Here is the last piece in the Zodiac series:
Capricorn is my star-sign.
I wanted to use deep blues and one of my favorite colours, Payne’s Gray for most of the painting. It’s hard to see, but variations of blue are used along the edges.
It’s also hard to see the bluish iridescent highlights on top of the star-sign itself :
But, I do really like the abyss of blue space and millions of stars within:
I’m glad my family’s star-sign project is finally completed. We’ll see if they work as a grouping while having incorporated everyone’s preferences in the individual paintings.
Here’s my husband’s birth sign:
He requested to incorporate his favorite colour: green. So I complied with his request. It was used predominantly in the centre of the painting.
Then the green is extended by subtle edging on the sides:
Finally it was used as an iridescent highlight layer over for the star-sign :
Heres another detail shot:
Originally when I thought of doing these pieces, I wanted to do the star-signs in gold or silver metallic paint. I guess I could have done them here, but I thought it would be more harmonious if I kept the signs themselves white (since, they are going to be grouped together). Instead I chose to incorporate small variations, in the subtle highlighting of the signs via iridescent overlay. I guess we’ll see if it was a good decision or not when they are grouped.
Stay tuned for the last of this mini series featuring my star-sign😀
Have a good weekend!
Here is the Pisces piece from the Zodiac series:
This one is done with a fiery “nebula-like” centre by request of my eldest son.
To reflect the fiery “underpainting”, I decided to include a red line on the profile of the painting:
The sides of the painting are still matte black. I want to keep the matte black as a unifying feature on all four pieces of this series.
The sign part if the painting was done with white and an iridescent green to offset the warm centre of the painting. Again, it’s really hard to capture depth of these paintings in my photo. Moreover, it’s also hard to show the shift in the colours as the light hits the painting in various angles. Hopefully, you still get the sense of it.