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Abstracts in Mixed Media

Hello Friends!

The other day I got some canvases of different sizes in the mail. So I decided to do three that could be separate or put together as one big abstract. This was mostly an experiment playing with shape and color.

Each canvas is 10″x20.” And doing them one at a time instead of doing one big 30″x20″ canvas made it easier to decide what I wanted to do.

I began the left and right panels by making the sweeping strokes with charcoal. Then I went over it with alcohol which sets it and spreads it. I let that dry, then went over it with matte medium.

Then I painted with black gesso to make the strokes darker. I mixed the back gesso with some white gesso to put some neutral color in.

Then I mixed some red and orange and used a sea sponge to make the big rounded marks. I used a different sponge to mix the pre-made orange and added some yellow to make the half circle marks.

I used a small metal palette knife and stirred up some teal and slung the dots on, then dipped the knife into the teal and pressed its shape a few times around the top and bottom corners.

For the middle panel, I just brushed on some red, then a few orange streaks in between the red, then used the tip of my brush to touch on what looks like a base for the streaks. Next I used the palette knife in the teal to sling some onto the top. Lastly, I used some yellow on a small round sponge attached to a stick to streak the yellow at the top going across each one to make a half circle.

This was crazy fun! However, I forgot to do it left-handed. Ha ha!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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It has been quite a while since I have posted anything. I did this little 4″x4″ sea turtle a few minutes ago. I already had the background painted on the canvas with acrylics. So I decided to put something on it.

I used charcoal and oil pastels for the turtle and waves. Then I used molding paste to add some texture and lift to the waves.

Our family has had a tough week. We had to put our 17-year-old dog, Brownie, to sleep on Tuesday afternoon. She just couldn’t get around anymore and kept losing weight. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. We buried her in our backyard that evening. It was a sad night.

Lastly, we are expecting our power company to turn our power off again this afternoon, and we don’t know for how long. There are going to be high winds and high humidity, so they are cutting it to prevent fires. But we are prepared. And at least now we have water since the hatchery has a generator for the well.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

 

Abstract Triangles in Oil Pastels

 

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Here is an abstract I drew with oil pastels the other night. The book I mentioned in an earlier post talks about different shapes you can use in compositions, the triangle being one, along with L-shaped, diagonal, etc. Debora Stewart does say to never do diagonals from corner to corner, though, which is exactly what I did with washi tape in one of my recent goth ballerina mixed media pieces. But I still like mine and I think the positions I have the ballerinas in balances out the “division” of the canvas. But I do understand what she is saying.

I also know I went a little crazy with these triangles, and it is a “busy” piece. But I was “in the zone” and was mostly doing a color study. The pastel paper I used was light blue, so the colors came out either darker or too light, in the case of the yellows. Then lastly, I drew in the squiggles.

I hope everyone has had a great week and will enjoy your weekend!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait of a Girl in Mixed Media

 

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Here is a color photocopy of my watercolor and charcoal portrait of a girl! I glued her onto an 8×10 piece of illustration board with Liquitex Matte Medium. Then I laid down a couple of pieces of washi tape to frame her. And lastly, I added some matching stickers! This didn’t take long at all and was very simple. I like how I darkened her even more on the copy.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait of a Girl

 

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I am so excited that I completed this in about a half hour! I watched Ivy Newport do a portrait class called “Into the Blue” where she talks about Pablo Picasso’s “blue” period. I have to say that I had to trace the outline, though, because I couldn’t get her proportions right otherwise. Believe me…I tried!

I used a couple of watercolor pencils and some charcoal with water for this. I also did most of the painting with my nondominant hand! Anyway, I thought she was a beautiful Chinese girl when I printed this out a few years ago. I added most of her hat myself.

I have not begun any abstract painting yet…still reading the book. But I have some things in mind.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Abstract Adventures!

 

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Yesterday I received this book I ordered in the mail! I have done very little abstract art, but over the next few weeks I am going to be doing a lot with my nondominant hand. So I am just going to play! It is a myth, though, to think abstract art can be done by “anyone.”

In this book, “Abstact Art Painting – Expressions in Mixed Media” by Debora Stewart, she has a quote at the begining of chapter one:ย  “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential. — Wassily Kandinsky.

Well, I am not much of a “poet” these days, and I am still learning about composition, but it will be fun to explore drawing and painting abstracts!

My shoulder surgery is now scheduled for Monday, November 4th! I am glad they were able to get me in so quickly. Hopefully, the worst pain will be gone by Thanksgiving. (But I won’t have to do any cooking this year!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ My arm will be in a sling for more than a month. And I am not sure how long it will be until I begin physical therapy. So I don’t think I will be able to post much in the last couple of months of this year. I may only be doing art for the next few weeks anyway.

So I will say now…Happy Holidays My Friends!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Gothic Ballerinas-Mixed Media #2

 

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It took me a couple of nights to figure out how to draw these ballerinas from one of the dances in Swan Lake. I watched the dance from a production of the ballet on Youtube. When I saw them posed in this way, I paused it and did a rough sketch of them. Then I worked out how to draw them the size I wanted for the 12″x12″ canvas.

After I finished the drawing, I turned it over and used charcoal to color over the outlines of the dancers. Then I put that side down on the white canvas and drew over the drawing with pencil so it would transfer the charcoal to the canvas. And once I outlined it darker on the canvas, I did the painting in acrylics mixed with gloss mefium so it would be somewhat transparent to let the washi tape show through. I had already prepared the canvas with it before.

I was going to paint it with the same colors as my first one, but I ended up painting over most of the teal blue background with purple, streaking it to look like curtains, but leaving the yellow for stage lighting. And after I painted the ballerinas white, I decided to leave the washi tape on the canvas unpainted for their dresses.

I wanted to use the quinacridone magenta again, too, which made a bright stage. Then below that I painted the purple mixture over the magenta and put gray spots down for the “heads” in the audience.

I really had a lot of fun with this one!!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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I decided to try something a little different with this mixed media piece. I covered the 5×7 canvas with some bright yellow paint before I covered it with some washi tape that has a pretty leaf pattern. Since I wanted to use watercolor on it, I had to paint a light coat of Liquitex Absorbent Ground over the whole canvas.

Then I decided to draw the sea turtle in pencil. However, instead of leaving the washi tape pattern for its body, I decided to use some tissue paper in bright yellow, a little bit of green, and light aqua to fill in its shell and head. To glue it down I used my Liquitex Matte Medium, then went over the canvas with it to help it stay glued on.

I was going for a mosaic look, but I am still trying to figure out how to do that!

Then I used my Winsor & Newton watercolor pens to outline the turtle’s features, fill in a few spots on its face and legs, and add the blues in the background for the water.

This was pretty easy on me physically. So that was a plus. Also, I did it in stages over a few days time. I like the way it turned out, and it was fun.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Gothic Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

A few days ago I covered this 12″x16″ canvas with a few different patterns of washi tape in vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions.

After thinking about it for a couple of days, I decided I wanted to paint a couple of goth ballerinas since I haven’t created any in a long time. Also, I have never done any in mixed media.

First I penciled my ballerinas onto the canvas where I wanted them.

Second, I painted the left side with Golden’s Quinacridone Magenta acrylics. And I painted the right side with Golden’s Hansa Yellow Light acrylics.

I left the diagonal line ofย  bird washi tape in the middle unpainted to divide the canvas and give it some character. Then I decided to combine these two paint colors which made an interesting burnt orange. So for fun I painted the bottom triangle area with this color.

Lastly, I decided to paint the head pieces and dresses with my Golden’s Teal acrylics. I really like the way the washi tape shows through the paints. And the best part is…I used my left hand to paint the big areas, but I did have to use my right hand to paint the details. So my arm and shoulder are not hurting now!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Van Gogh Mixed Media Similarity

 

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Last week I received some Van Gogh washi tape in the mail. Each roll has a “slice” of a different Van Gogh painting printed on it. One is from “The Starry Night,” one is from “Cafe’ Terrace at Night,” and the other is from “Branches of Almond Tree in Bloom.”

So I decided to cover the washi tape with a coat of Absorbent Ground. Then I used a black Micro ink pen to draw some branches and blossoms sort of like his almond tree branches. I used my light green and light yellow Winsor & Newton watercolor markers to paint the branches and my whte ink pen to color the blossoms. Then I outlined them in black.

This little painting is on a 4″ร—4″ black canvas. So it didn’t take long at all. I like the way it turned out.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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