Thursday, January 13, 2011

Blue bird


This is the second little bird I did with the "Burridge method". I put the watercolor on first and the acrylic after it was dry. I've done quite a few since I started this technique and they aren't photographed yet. I've had more fun cutting up old watercolors and slapping on acrylic paint. It feels awfully good to have those paintings that didn't quite work all covered up. I even tackled some old canvas boards. There is something freeing about playing with materials that aren't pristine. You don't get that, "white paper, now what do I do?" feeling. I keep looking at a sentence out of the book Art and Fear by Bayles and Orland that I have posted over my desk, "The function of the majority of your artwork is to simply train you how to make the small portion that soars." That's what I'm doing, I'm in training.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Colorful Bird


One of my last posts I resolved to paint at least 10 minutes a day. Then a sudden death in the family changed that plan. The first week of the year changed our lives and our plans. But, we know that God is in control and we can trust Him completely with our lives and our loved ones.

Needless to say, I've been in a bit of a funk and not in the state of mind to paint. Then, thanks to Nancy at Adventures With Paint I learned of the web site for Robert Burridge, www.robertburridge.com . He is so enthusiastic about painting and shows such a simple way of making something out of nothing that I just had to try it. I threw some watercolor paint on some small pieces of paper and let it dry overnight then I painted with acrylic the negative space around a bird shape. There will be more of these to come, they are way too much fun. Give it a try.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.