“Summer”

Hi everybody, below is the last piece from Seasons mini-series:
img_3861 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:
img_3864 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:
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In the detail below, I tried to capture the golden light of the sun dancing on the surface of the water:
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Here is a skewed shot of from the side:
img_3862You 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?

“Earthscape”

Here is a little piece I did on 4″x4″ Clayboard panel:
img_3826 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:
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In this detail, you can see the heavy acrylic paint with micaceous iron oxide. It contrasts the thin “watercolour-look” layer quite well:
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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:
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 Here is another detail:
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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?

Box

A little while ago, my friend commented on Facebook about my poured medium pieces and brought up jewelry boxes. At the time, I happened to be working on a wooden box decorated with Tar Gel and pouring medium:
imageI decided on black and gold. I liked how the lid looked with its swirls.

The bottom portion of the box is done with different motifs:
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I didn’t put the hinges back on yet but I wanted to show you the gold interior:
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It’s a bit of work to paint 3D objects, since your limited to working on a few sides at a time until other sides dry. But it was a fun little project.