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People are always giving me discards to paint. So I sit here surrounded by large rocks, tiny pebbles, tree branches and pieces of what was once useful furniture.
I have several palm fronds that I’ve been looking at for months not knowing what to do with them. If I turned them sideways, they resembled fish. Straight up, well, they didn’t look like anything in particular. But they are unique looking and they have a surface that just cries for paint.
About a week ago, it hit me….I’d make a fun mask doing what I do best….dots! Yes, I am the queen of dots. Someday when I am long gone, they will refer to this as my ‘dot’ period.
But I digress…I sketched out a design and went to work and viola! Winkie was born!
I haven’t come up with a name for this yet, but I’m working on it. Until then, meet, “Experimental Abstract #1”
I continue to experiment with acrylics and acrylic mediums. This one – one of the few abstracts I’ve done – was done using acrylic pouring mediums and acrylic paints without medium. The result gives this painting a 3D effect.
Yup. I’m at it again! I am taking some of my older paintings and redoing them using some of the new techniques I’ve learned over the past couple of years. “All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go” is one that I always felt was missing something. I think the newly repainted version is a much better fit. If you look closely, you will see lots of tiny dresses in the window! The shop also has a name, Millie’s Dress Shoppe. No hidden meaning…I just liked the name.
So this week, I started with a black canvas, then added the sunflower and decorative ‘hardware’. I used acrylic polymers to add depth to the center of the flower and the edges. Had a difficult time making this colorful. On a black canvas, paints are much darker than they appear! After a lot of layering, I finally got the colors I envisioned.
Continuing my experimentation with acrylic polymers, I found that while Acrylic Moulding Paste doesn’t work well with every piece, it does add texture to an otherwise flat looking canvas. I loved using it on Beached at Washington Oaks State Park because it added a third dimension to the piece.
I enjoy mastering new techniques and this one was a lot of fun. I like paintings with texture and quite honestly, acrylics weren’t giving me the depth I was striving to achieve. “Wilting Hibiscus” is the first of my original paintings to employ a technique using acrylic molding paste, then painting the paste with brightly colored acrylics on a black canvas to add depth.
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