Saturday, February 23, 2013
I won 3 awards in recent local art shows so I thought I'd share them on my blog.
This was in the Small World category where a painting must be no more than 24 inches square; so they are very small paintings, indeed. This painting was sold.
I posted this one earlier on my blog. I'm very pleased with the 3rd place ribbon in the mixed media category. Both paintings were entered at the Pine Island Art Association.
I posted this one earlier, too. It won a 2nd place award in a show at Cape Coral Art League last week.
I was able to sell four paintings in all at the Pine Island show. It was a very good show for me this year. It was a good show for the Association, too. Many paintings were sold in the 2 day event.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Straight and Narrow
Acrylic on paper, 15 X 22
I've been working on several projects at once, this one is the first one that is finished. It is a multi-layered abstract on watercolor paper. I had several objectives when I started this painting.
1. I wanted it to be a cruciform.
2. I wanted a color other than blue to be dominant.
3. I didn't want any recognizable form to show up in the painting, for example a flower, fish or face.
The hardest part was not using blue, a lot of my paintings lately have been blue dominant and I tried to steer away from even using a blue . I did sneak some in one of the under layers but reminded myself to get it covered up so it's just barely visible.
Abstracts are fun but take a lot of thought. I do a lot of painting on and wiping off until I get the look I want. Fortunately, once the acrylic is on the paper you can get fairly rough with it without ruining the paper. Even after drying some rubbing alcohol will take a layer or more of paint off if you want to change something. I usually start with a couple layers of gesso on an old watercolor painting so I have a good base to start on. The Quinacridone gold was next followed by reds and purples. Each layer is stamped, scraped, or textured in some way. A little gold and thick drops of acrylic were my finishing touches.