Friday, September 26, 2014

Marbled by Me, 4x4 paper pieces mounted in 8x10 mats PPF

Abstract Marbled Papers
Created by Hand using Golden Liquid Acrylics and Acrylic Inks.

The process was messy, but for my first time I must say I am pleased with the results. However, two of the products used in the making of the marbled papers disturbed me. One is Alum (aluminum sulphate) powder, which is quite toxic and not something I wish to use again. I read afterwards that you are supposed to wear rubber gloves. Oh, well. The other is Oxgall, or Oxbile, which is dehydrated bile from cows, and being a vegan, this one goes against my decision to not use any animal products. I don't even eat honey, so next time I will try the Liquid Starch method and see if that works for me. Kids in school do it and the online pictures looked pretty good. I will post the results next time.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Monsters and Marbling Mixed Media on Paper PPF

Marbling Paper Backgrounds
Paint Party Friday:  What I did this week

I love my watercolor class! My teacher is so innovative and free. She challenges us to think outside the traditional paint tray. This week we dripped Sumi Ink into a tray of water to do Marbling on Rice Paper. After it dried we painted transparent watercolors on top, creating our masterpiece. I really love this one, but now I am obsessed with doing more paper marbling. I have watched Youtube videos, ordered two books and bought some special paints and materials so I can do more. More is always better, right?

Abstract: 5x7 Lady in Green Hooded Cape
 with 8x10 Grey Mat included 
Ready to frame

One of my attempts at marbling with acrylics went south, so I dripped and dribbled and poured and guided the ink and paint into creepy blobs creating an abstract mixed media piece I call "Monsters of the Deep." I like it! Used a lot of silver and black and white inks, on top of a watercolor background. It changes completely as you turn it . . . so it is signed on the back, leaving the collector to position it the way he or she thinks it looks best.

I am working on MONSTERS for next month. I am doing marbling abstracts, and finding monsters in them after they are done. This one I named "Monsters Mashed - Great Big Gobs of Greasy, Grimey Monster Guts."  Wonder if it will qualify as a monster painting? I see lots of monster eyes, legs, claws, bones, blood and ooze. Don't you?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Landscape Phobia PPF

Landscape Phobia, Paint Party Friday

One of the things I rarely, if ever, painted, LANDSCAPES, has been my focus for the past few weeks. I challenged myself to paint 30 of them in 30 days, ACEO size, for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30, my second time for doing her challenge. Now I am swimming in landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes and not just 2.5 x 3.5 inches either. I figured it might help me improve if I did something I disliked, probably because I was not good at it. Each one I paint seems to get better, or at least easier, and now I enjoy the challenge.
Last time I chose Food Still Life because I felt it was not my best or favorite subject. I think they turned out pretty good, actually. The collage above has most of them. I left out the really bad ones in the album, but I did finish 30. Hardly any of them sold, even though I had them priced very reasonably. But food paintings are not very popular, I am told.

I have hopes for the landscapes this time, because I read online that they sell better than any other topic, and I do intend to sell my work. My goal is to make more money selling my art than I do collecting my SS retirement benefits each month. I can dream, can't I? I will be making a collage of the 30 (or maybe 25 best ones) on October 1.

You can follow my 30 in 30 landscape paintings on my blog post here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Canterbury Tales, 7 Character Illustrations, PPF

I painted these for my grandson's Narrative Studies project.
Happy Paint Party Friday, Everyone!
7 (seven) 6x6 inch paintings, done in watercolor and pen, each one colorfully matted, with a white backing board, ready to frame in an 8x10 size. These illustrations were done for my grandson during his Narrative Studies program in college, to illustrate a board game he created based on The Canterbury Tales, set in Medieval Times. The characters I drew for him included The Squire, The Knight, The Wife of Bath, The Merchant, The Miller, The Nun and The Friar. These would look great adorning the walls of a children's room or to use in a classroom setting.

In case you are not familiar with Canterbury Tales, it is a collection of over 20 stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century, during the time of the Hundred Years' War. The tales (mostly written in verse, although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest was a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return. - per Wikipedia

This is my original art, not prints. Each one is hand painted and drawn by me.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Abstract Color Explosion, PPF

I like to paint abstracts to relax my mind.
 The wood is painted on all four sides continuing the design.
This miniature Square acrylic painting is done on a 6x6 inch wooden panel 3/4 inch deep, and the sides are painted with a continuation of the abstract design over the edges. It is varnished with a gloss finish to protect it from dust, but it MUST not be displayed in direct sunlight.  The colors are fugitive so they tend to fade over time if exposed to light.  

These are the brightest colors I could find, neon fluorescent psychedelic acrylics, dripped, splattered, dropped and dabbed, with very thick paint. The Fluorescent colors glow beautifully under black light. Seriously. Homage to the 70's. You really need a black light to get the full effect. I was inspired to use neons after seeing paintings by Francoise Nielly. She paints huge colorful faces that really rock! Look her up to see fabulous portraits of famous people.

I got a new set of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics and I had to try them out.  This is a Skyscape, Cityscape, and/or Landscape but I named it Cloudscape, if that's a word. 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ACEO size.  Miniature art, done with a palette knife impasto style, heavy thick paint.

I am thinking about what to paint for 30 paintings in 30 days in September. Landscapes?  Flowers? I am pretty sure they will be ATC size because I don't have much room to store any more paintings.
Here are some I did this week.
ACEO "Vase of Flowers," Watercolor, Loose Style

ACEO Watercolor Landscape, "Bull River 1" Rocks and Rushing River with Green Trees and rocks. Inspired by a photo by Shawn Parker, on Artist Reference Photos, a Facebook Group. 

ACEO "Light and Shadow" Watercolor done for DPW challenge to paint "sky holes" peeking thru the branches and leaves.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NFAC, Nibblefest Art Contest August 20-27, 2014

August 20-27, 2014
That's my Divo Dog on the right, 3rd place last month!

The Nibblefest theme this month is FOREST CREATURES.
This is my entry in the Nibblefest Art Contest, a themed art contest beginning on the 20th of each month. Please be sure to search for NFAC to see more great entries, each starting at just $0.99. Thanks!

Bidding starts at 99 cents for each of the paintings below, by me, and 50+ by other artists. Only 3 days left.  Bidding ends on August 27.

12 x 16 Acrylic on canvas board, Squirrel at Feeder in a tree. Signed Painting, Original art, not a print.  

A Psychedelic Owl I painted for a weekly challenge on Daily Paintworks. Painted on an 11x14 Gessobord, with Acrylic impasto technique using a palette knife in an abstract style with the brightest colors I could find, some neons, and very thick paint. The Fluorescent colors glow beautifully under black light. Seriously. Homage to the 70's. You need a black light to get the full effect. I was inspired to use neons after seeing paintings by Francoise Nielly. She paints huge colorful faces.  
Plus a miniature ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches 
Big Cat, Lioness, done for a challenge on DPW. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Watercolor, pen and ink. Comes with a FREE mat. Ready to mount in standard 5x7 frame.