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House in Mixed Media

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Hello Friends!

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! 🙂

Van Gogh Journal Pages 43 & 44

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Hello Friends!

I have been working on these pages for the last couple of days. I love the drawing called “Sorrow” which he drew during “The Hague Period”. He drew this woman in black pencil. The others on the right page are two of his drawings of very sad looking women also.

I copied these drawings a few times and wanted to put layer the woman, Sorrow, into a circle like she is hiding within herself. That was fun to do. Then I did the same layering effect with his other two drawings on the right-hand page.

I also wanted these pages to be in monochrome colors because of the subject matter. I used black and white acrylic inks and combined them to make the gray shades. But what I really loved doing was writing the poem.

Words and phrases were coming to me over the last couple of days until I sat down and wrote this yesterday morning while sitting outside in the beautiful sunshine.

I wrote this from the perspective of how Vincent probably felt during his years of struggling with depression but also from the perspective of how the woman he drew was depicted. I really enjoyed this challenge. It has been awhile since I’ve written anything, so it was fun.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Degas in Acrylics and Acrylic Inks

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Hello Friends!

This is another project I began last week. First I drew it lightly onto the canvas by eyeballing a picture of this painting from a book I have. I used a water soluble pencil for that. Then I painted it in acrylics and acrylic inks on a 12″x16″ canvas.

This project was done as an art challenge by my friend Debra who is also an artist. She asked if our other friend, Emma, and I would like to paint something from one of our favorite artists. She said I couldn’t pick Van Gogh, though, ha ha! (I have a sneaking suspicion that she is doing a Van Gogh!) But my absolute two favorites are Edgar Degas and Vincent van Gogh, so that was fine with me!

I have done this painting in watercolor before, but not as detailed. But I have never tried to do one of his in acrylics, so it was a lot of fun! I didn’t try to match the colors exactly. Besides, all the colors look different depending on which book I look in or looking at a picture on the internet, so that was no big deal.

This is my version from his painting called “Blue Dancers” which he painted in oils in Paris, c.1895. I think it has always been my favorite of all his ballerina paintings.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Van Gogh Journal Pages 41 & 42

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Hello Friends!

I was finally able to get back to working in my Van Gogh Journal yesterday. We were able to get our first Covid vaccinations on Friday, but my arm was sore for a couple of days! We will be getting our second one on the 30th of this month. I hope you are all doing well! We are staying healthy here!

I didn’t have any plans for these pages. I just worked intuitively as I listened to a book on Audible! I am enjoying listening to books now! I get a lot more reading in while I am painting or doing dishes, ha ha!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 39 & 40

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday I decided to put two of Vincent’s self-portraits together which he painted after he cut off the tip of his right ear. I also added some animal friends. The rabbit is a copy of the one I drew several years ago. And since it was done in pencil, I decided to add some Liquitex Burnt Umber acrylic ink to color it and black ink for the fur. Then I had a random piece of blue paper, so I made it have a blue eye.

I bought some little animal rubber stamps on Etsy, so I used the parrot and the turtle. I stamped them in black and colored them with acrylic inks. I added a little flower to his lapel on the left. Then I looked up quotes Vincent was known for and wrote them out to fill three big spaces. ( You may have to enlarge the picture to read them.) Vincent knew he was mentally ill, but I am so glad it fueled his art instead of squashing it! I like to think he was a genius at expressing himself. He saw things so vividly with his heart, you know?

I copied the swirly markings from the background of a portrait he painted of a boy he knew and used it to make the smoke from his pipe more elaborate. That was fun. 

I hope everyone has had a great week, and for those who celebrate Easter, have a beautiful one!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂 

Van Gogh Journal-Pages 37 & 38

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I collaged the next two pages of my Van Gogh journal. I was excited to use a new color of Liquitex Acrylic Ink called Vivid Red Orange. I used it in the background on the first page, and then mixed it with some Cadmium Yellow Light to lighten the color for some of the right page. Then I mixed the yellow with some blue and made the green. I also used the acrylic inks to enhance the copies of Vincent’s art and his self-portrait on the second page. I really enjoyed making the same strokes he did even if mine were much smaller.

And somehow, Vincent picked up a few balloons on the way to the cafe after spending a nice spring day out in the field painting. I think he is looking forward to a good dinner!

Lastly, I included some words: Vision, love, connection, goodness, kindness, acceptance, beauty, and gratitude. These are all things I try to cultivate in life these days since life is short. Other phrases I included are Risk rejection by following your heart, learning about doing your work and explore new worlds.

This was a fun page spread to do yesterday since I haven’t been feeling up to doing any art over the last week or so. My left shoulder has been bothering me, so I haven’t wanted to strain it too much. And it is NOT the one I had fixed in 2019! I just hope I am not going to have to have another shoulder surgery this year, but if I do, it will just have to be done. I have several types of appointments this month, so I will be going to town at least once a week or more. And I have been reading A LOT of books! I have been enjoying finding books from the children’s section of the library lately. I never realized how many great novels have been written for kids since my kids have grown up! So that has been pretty fun!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Vincent van Gogh Journal Pages 35 & 36

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I was excited to do these pages, because I just bought a few new colors of Liquitex Acrylic Inks. So in the background I used a very bright Yellow Orange Azo. I also used some on his hat along with some Raw Sienna.

On his face I also used some Raw Sienna and added some Burnt Umber in his beard. For the blues I used Phthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade).

Then I painted my flowers with Quinacridone Magenta and white.

I am looking forward to using these colors even more! And I am really loving acrylic inks!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 33 & 34

Hello Friends!

I can honestly say I had no plans for these pages, ha ha! So somehow three of Vincent’s self-portraits ended up with peacock feather eye patches! And of course the peacock, parts of her anyway, had to be included.

Then a copy of a badger drawing I did in pencil peeked in to see what kind of craziness was going on! Badgers and peacocks sure are curious!

I loved playing with blues, and greens on the background that I painted with a mixture of red and yellow acrylic inks. I included copies of some of his writing and parts of his paintings. Then I painted on some Phthalocyanine Green (yellow shade) acrylic ink in various places.

These pages were fun. I hope you all are well. I have been feeling a little under the weather, but getting lots of sleep to fight off a slight cold.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Butterfly in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends! 

Yesterday I decided to create a butterfly in a butterfly bush on the mixed media canvas I posted the other day.

I used black Liquitex acrylic ink to paint the outline of the butterfly. Then I mixed the colors Phthalocyanine Green (yellow shade) and Cadium Yellow Light acrylic inks to paint the butterfly.

Since I didn’t want just a butterfly, I decided to use Golden Magenta Liquid acrylic paint for the blossoms of a butterfly bush and mixed some dark and light green acrylic paint together for the leaves.

This one was pretty fun! And while I painted, I listened to the book “Each Journey Begins” by Den Ming-Dao. The person who narrates it has a soothing and melodic voice which is perfect for creating art.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Mixed Media Work-in-Progress

 

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Stage 2

 

Hello Friends!

I began this project a couple of weeks ago. I have two friends whom I have a private art group chat with on FB messenger. We have been encouraging one another in our art journeys for about a year and a half or more. And my friend, Deb, who lives in Canada,  suggested us doing a large canvas challenge. She painted a beautiful ocean underwater scene in acrylics. But Emma has another project going, so I’m not sure if she’s started hers yet.

Anyway, I wanted to do an abstract. So first, I picked out four colors of tissue paper:  gold, silver, black, and pink. Then I cut them in various sizes of rectangles and glued them down with Liquitex Matte Medium in a diagonal design.

A few days or so later I stenciled some Titanium Buff and Portrait Pink on. Then a couple of days later I used a small brush to streak some gold acrylic ink on in various places.

Now I am thinking about painting a silouhette of something, but haven’t decided what yet. I am tossing around a few ideas.

In the meantime I am reading lots of books! And I won’t be able to do any laundry again until this weekend since we won’t get our new washer and dryer delivered until Friday! Oh darn it! 😉

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

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