House in Mixed Media
A couple of days ago I painted these background colors of the blue and green with acrylic inks. I didn’t have a plan really except that I wanted to draw a scene I used to doodle all the time when I was growing up. Just a house on a sunny day…a house that looked like a happy home.
A lot of my childhood was not very happy and was emotionally stressful and draining because of my dad’s alcoholism. But my mom, as anxious as she was most of the time, did the best she could to take care of my two brothers and me. She took me to cheerleading and softball practices and let me take piano lessons. She tried to be encouraging even though she only had a couple of girlfriends in the neighborhood as friends for the first ten years of my life. But she lost them when we moved to another state and struggled to find new friends for the rest of her life.
Anyway, I don’t remember art being any big interest of mine back then. All I remember is doodling this scene of a happy house the most. I remember gazing out the car window whenever we were driving anywhere and wondering what it was like to live somewhere else. Then whenever I was just thinking in my room or not paying attention in a class at school, this is the scene I would draw.
For this painting I used modeling paste and a palette knife to paint the sun and the house and a little of the clouds. It is a greyish white, so this is what I used to create the thick texture. It can take quite a while to dry, so I waited until the next day to do the rest of the painting. The only other medium I used was my Liquitex Acrylic Inks.
To get the “brick” color of the house, I mixed Naphthol Crimson with Transparent Burnt Sienna. And for the sun and the house’s windows I used Cadmium Yellow Light Hue. I used white for the clouds. Lastly, for the flowers, I used Quinacridone Magenta (which I accidentally knocked over on the table and spilled almost the whole bottle)! But the good thing about these inks is that they go a long way, because they are vibrant in color. So I lost some of it when I had to quickly grab a towel and wipe some up to keep it from spreading. But I sopped up some of it on a sponge and stamped it on a couple of sheets of white tissue paper so it wasn’t all wasted. And the old wooden table is fine! I’ll probably have to buy another bottle soon, though.
So goes the adventures of an artist!
Have a wonderful day! 🙂