Wednesday, 21 March 2018

A Tough 'Paint'

I enjoyed participating in Leslie Saeta's Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days in February and March and was looking forward to carrying that momentum forward. Well...if anyone had told me that I would spend the last few weeks painting and then overpainting and overpainting yet again on the same wood panel I wouldn't have believed it. The underpainting was started in a workshop I attended last August. The large black shape was added from direction given by the workshop instructor. So then what to do? Well I let it sit for several months and finally pulled it out again in December 2017. Added a few daps of paint and collage and left it for another month. Still 'dapping' and getting no where - I finally glazed over it with some transparent red iron oxide, added some stencilling - pulled out some of the dog paintings from the challenge for inspiration and found my rhythm! This all didn't happen without a few sleepless nights and a lot of negative thoughts running through my head. Oh the life of an artist.....

2017 Underpainting (24"X24")

Thank goodness for some transparent red iron oxide!

Work in progress!
Taking a break to let the collage dry, then a bit more paint, perhaps some stencilling, collaging and line work....I think she has pretty good bones!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Post.... Thirty Paintings in 30 Days

Back to some painting! The laundry's done, groceries picked up and vacuuming and dusting...check! I can't seem to get dogs out of my head - getting a bit more abstracted but I like to paint in a more interpretive/semi-abstract way. I do have a couple of other paintings on the go - they are not progressing much at all and it seemed like a quick dog painting would help get things going. So the dog made me happy and the others....well let's just say they aren't making me want to squeeze out the paint and pick up a brush! I think there is a term for this....'Procrastination'....

'You should just paint me'
Acrylic mixed media
on 140lb watercolour paper

I have been picking away at this painting for quite some time and these are the latest photos. I don't find much of this image inspiring me to paint. Lots of turning, 'dabbing' on some paint - added some very faint lights but it really needed a big change. So more collage and white gesso - now I feel there is something to respond to! So, what do you do when you are 'stuck'?

Acrylic mixed media on birch panel 

 More collage & white gesso
(terrible picture quality - apologies!)

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - All Together

....and here they are all together! So glad I stuck with the dogs! Some days it wasn't easy, but I have learned a lot and am looking forward to painting more 4 legged friends. Many thanks to Leslie Saeta for organizing and to all of you who have visited - your support is priceless! Happy painting!!

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days
February 2018 

And just for fun before and after pictures of my painting area - if you look under the table you can see a couple of my lovely models. They like to nap under the desk while I paint - good company!

Creative Chaos

Clean - but not for long
Sully and Kali relaxing - it can get a little crowded under
there if Cleo climbs in. There is another bed though so
everyone has somewhere comfortable to nap!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 30

Day 30! Last dog....for this challenge, but not for me! This has been a great 30 days, has flown by and I can't thank you enough for taking the time to look and comment - it means a lot that you do that!!

Today's pup belongs to my daughter. He is a rescue that came to her out of the blue. It has been a match made in heaven. Because she travels occasionally with business he comes and stays with us and enjoys time in the country. He maybe weighs 20lbs soaking wet, but he is big on attitude!

Acrylic mixed media on 140lb watercolour paper

......and one more for good luck!.....a bit of paint left on the palette and a small canvas 

Acrylic mixed media on canvas 

                                            !!Happy Painting to you all!!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 29

Acrylic mixed media on 140lb watercolour paper 

Second last pup for the 30 in 30. Can't believe how fast this challenge has gone!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 28

I feel like I am hitting my stride - only took 28 days (hahaha), into the habit of painting daily, the ideas are flowing (okay - most of the time), I am 'drawing' more, not detailed but I am getting the imagery and info I need (and want) and enjoying my models!! Well, actually I enjoy my 'models' all the time.

Today's offering is pure fun - a bit wonky, but I don't think I would have attempted this at the beginning of the month. The 'blue ball' rules in our house. Luckily for us Cleo is the ball girl and Kali loves a stick - everyone is happy!

'The Blue Ball'
Acrylic mixed media on 140lb
coldpress watercolour paper 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 27

Tried something a bit different today. Put a transparent glaze (transparent brown oxide) on for the last 'layer' to see what would happen. (Unfortunately in my enthusiasm I did not take a before picture. I do like how the paint reacted to the glaze - have much richer darks and lights. From a distance you can see the image is a dog (not a lot of detail is noticeable) but the light area around the one side of his muzzle draws you in for a closer look and then the viewer can really see the brush marks, watercolour crayon and some light stencilling. I did use some collage but I would not use that weight paper again (around 90lb) - it is just too heavy for my liking (I usually use a paper no heavier than 50lb) The collage pieces show up more in the scanned image than the original.

Acrylic mixed media on
140lb watercolour paper