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  • Abstract Games

    Sometimes Art is Like Playing

    There are times when I sit down and I know exactly what I am going to paint or draw.  I have a definite plan, and stick with it.  Other times though, I just start to put paint down… and I play.

    That is what is what I’ve been doing with a piece I currently have in progress, I just felt like playing, so I took a palette knife and started to cover a canvas in gold paint and modeling paste.  Then I put some back and modeling paste, then copper.  I am doing a little here, a little there, and waiting for it do dry in between.  I am not really trying to make it look like a recognizable object, but rather, I’m just doing what feels right, and ending up with an abstract design.  Its relaxing and fun, like a game though it is a little costly to put so much modeling paste down on one canvas.  Sometimes when I paint abstract like this I come up with things I really like, and other times I don’t care for the result at all, either way I had fun playing in the paint.

    Here is what the piece looks like so far:

    abstract palette knife painting, gold, black, copper, waving lines
    I’m not 100% sure what will come next, but I’ll probably stay with the three colors I already have on the canvas, or at most add one more into the mix.

     

    Other Projects are happening too.

    The drying takes a long time when the paint is put on so thick, so I also have other projects going at the same time.  One of which is that I am experimenting with oil paint.  I haven’t really worked in oils, so its a learning process, and so far I don’t have anything in oils that I’ve finished.  Soon though I will complete at least one oil painting and post it on here.


  • A Throwback on Thursday

    What does an artist post on her blog when she hasn’t had time for making art? Old Art!

    Well, its not that old, I believe I did this one at some point in 2014, it might have 2013 though….  hmmm…

    I haven’t decided on a title for this abstract piece yet, in fact, I had forgotten all about it until I started looking through my mixed media sketch book. This was done with sharpies.  You probably recognize the similar style between this one and Inlets to Illusion, all of the pieces done in this style are intuitive, in that there isn’t a set plan other than to do something different in each little section of the painting, just whatever feels right. The smaller ones, like this, that I can hold in my lap and work on, are quite relaxing, almost meditative to work on.  Inlets to Illusion wasn’t as relaxing because it was too big to carry with me and work on when I had a minute, instead, I had to set aside time, pull out my easel, and dedicate myself to working on it. But this smaller piece just came with me to various places and I worked on it while I talked to people, while I waited at the doctors office, or whenever.  This picture of it is lower resolution than what I use for prints, I just used my scanner for this, I’ll get better images and upload it to Fine Art America soon.   If anyone has a title idea, let me know!

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  • Finally Decent Photos!

    Way back LAST YEAR or a week and half ago, however you look at it, I posted a cellphone photo of my painting, “Inlets to Illusion” and promised that I would soon have a quality photo of it to share.  Well, my setup for photographing my paintings is not ideal, I have to rely on outdoor weather to be just right, namely, it must be overcast over the entire sky, but not raining, not windy, etc.  So, I’ve been biding my time, waiting, and yesterday the weather was perfect for photography of fine art!

    So finally I get to share with you not only my “Inlets to Illusion”, but also the painting that I finished on Friday and posted cellphone photos of on Saturday.

    First things first, here is “Inlets to Illusion”, if you’d like to see it bigger, which I highly recommend to fully appreciate the optical art qualities, click on it, it will take you the website where I sell prints of my fine art paintings, but there is no obligation to buy just because you looked!

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    And now, for the impressionist and intuitive “No-Brush Painting” which I ended up titling “Sky Ablaze”.

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    So that’s all for today, Happy Sunday!

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  • More Progress, and a Title!

    Well, yesterday I posted some progress photos of my latest painting, and asked for suggestions on the title.  Today I put in several hours of work and I’m pretty much finished with the painting, I do need to do a little minor touch up work where a stray drop of paint has landed or where an earlier layer of color shows through a top layer that is supposed to be opaque, I’ll also paint the sides of the canvas in black all around, and then put an isolation coat on and a coat of varnish… but the basic painting is done.  Once the touch up is done I’ll set up good photography equipment and take a high quality photo to post, but for now, my cell phone photo is going to have to do.

    I’ve also given a title lots of thought, and to me, each of the sections in this painting is like a door or portal into an isolated world of optical wonder and illusion.  So I’m strongly considering the title “Inlets to Illusion”.

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  • Every Day in May #3

    So its Day number 3 of the Every Day in May challenge, and today’s topic is “Something that Represents Joy”

    This was easy to think of.  I am trying to limit these EDiM sketches to 15 or 20 minutes most days, so that I still have time for my other art, after all, I know that the Gallery owner who shows my work wants me to come up with a painting that has something to do with wine… plus he said he’d like to see more small scale landscapes that he could sell for $100 or less.  (Basically that means 8×10 or smaller).

    I also have an order for a pet portrait to get done… so I can’t spend hours on these sketches.

    Today’s sketch took around 15 minutes, coloring included… and it shows, I mean its not straight, the form and perspective are a bit off, its too skinny proportionally… but anyway, here it is:

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  • Working, working, working….

    So, I’ve been continuing to work on my art pieces.  I finished an abstract yesterday VERY late at night, and I finished another pet portrait today.

    The pet portrait was of a cat named Biz Biz, I got the photo, which was taken from a cell phone, so it wasn’t the highest quality picture.  I made due though, I started with this:

    Well, right away I decided to crop the image, and focus more on Biz Biz’s face.  Here is the cropped picture:

    Then to help me see the subtle nuances of the colors, I cranked up the saturation on the photo:

    Then I was ready to sketch and paint, and the result was this:

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    The title doesn’t show all the way on that preview, it is “Biz Biz Another Green Eyed Tiger”.
    As I mentioned before, I also completed an abstract last night.  I had been looking at lots of Kandinksy’s work earlier in the day, because of seeing a friend’s work that reminded me of Kandinsky.  So I combined the bright colors that I had been seeing in Kandinsky’s work, with the the type of abstract pattern designs I use in a lot of my abstracts.  The result was “Tranquility”, named such because that is how I felt while creating it… tranquil.
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