Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Daily Paintings

A couple more daily paintings. I just love doing these. It opens up the door for experimenting with colour, different media, mark making, subject matter and composition to name a few. I keep going back to landscapes. Our weather has been unbelievable these last few days.....20 above today, the sun is shining and there is a gentle warm breeze - so beautiful! Spending lots of time outdoors and enjoying the views. I hope you will enjoy these 2 daily paintings.

Acrylic mixed media on paper

Acrylic mixed media on paper
mounted on birch panel

Monday, 7 November 2016

Painting - Is it Finished?

I haven't posted for awhile! And miss it - writing makes me think more about my art, others art - about creating!

I am participating in a Christmas show and sale in a couple of weeks. I have been busy getting things matted, mounted on wood panels, varnished and packaging and pricing. This year I vowed not to leave it to the last moment. I have a couple of paintings that I am planning on taking. One is from May of this year and the other from September. They have both been sitting in my studio, bidding their time. I thought they were 'finished' but with a second look neither one seemed ready to leave my studio. So, I took a deep breath and went back into both. This is a huge deal for me. My 'critic' starts off with just a whisper and by the time I start putting the paint on the palette she (mine is a 'she') is loudly telling me I am really going to mess things up, it is going to look horrible, I will be sorry I even started ......the list goes on. Now that I have worked on them both I am much happier! They do look finished - more depth and layers - they look richer. I am so glad I pushed 'her' to the back and went with my intuition. Painting on a daily basis is making it easier to push past my inner critic. Does this happen to you and if so what do you do?

'Winter's Blanket'
Acrylic mixed media on birch panel

'At the Edge of the Great Beyond'
Acrylic mixed media on birch panel