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.






22 comments:

  1. Lots of lovely work, love the bright abstract. Valerie

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    1. Thanks, Valerie. The abstract glows under black light!

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  2. love those clouds they look like they could shed some rain; have a nice weekend

    much love...

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    1. Hi, Gillena, Thanks! I like painting impasto, thickly, with a knife.

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  3. Beautiful I'm so attracted to neons I always have been!! Love yours!! Wonderful work!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Hi, Giggles,
      Me, too. But they are fugitive colors, so I am not sure how long they stay bright like that.
      Penny

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  4. what gorgeous projects Penny! I have not worked with heavy body acrylics (yet)-your examples are fab. I absolutely love how you got so much detail on the ATCs-really beautiful!

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    1. Hi, Linda,
      I do like the heavy body acrylics. I need to keep using them to see what else I can do.

      Thanks,
      Penny

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  5. All of your paintings are gorgeous, Penny. I love the Bull River! Wow!

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    1. Hi, Faye,

      I sold Bull River already, so that is a GOOD thing! Thanks.,

      Penny

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  6. The paintings are amazing. The watercolor is fabulous, so hard for me to do. . but I keep at it. Blessings, Janet PPF

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    1. Hi, Janet,
      Thanks! I like watercolor, acrylics and now Gouache! I always lose my whites, so I use gouache and sometimes gesso to finish the paintings.

      Penny

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  7. Wow have you been busy or what? I love the abstract!!! How do you like the heavy body paint. I love it!!! Just about all I use now. The rest of your paintings are fabulous.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Hi, Nicole,
      I am just starting to use the heavy body, but I like it because it does not flatten out like the Grumbacher acrylics I have been using. I have tons left from teaching at Michaels, so will have to use them up before investing in a whole new set of colors. I just learned about acrylic skins, so that is a possibility for the leftover paints. And maybe drip paintings . . .

      Penny

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  8. I love abstracts too as you said it's relaxing, no need to think where it would take you but go along with your intuition. Lovely works here :)

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    1. Thanks, Deepa! People seem to either love or hate abstracts.

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  9. I love abstracts too. I loved your flowers in the vase and I like tress. I like to ponder through
    to see your art. Sounds like people are buying your art work. Great!

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    1. Thank, Sparkle! Love that moniker. Selling my art even for very little money makes me feel like it is valued by others, and they might even display it in their homes. It's like when someone laughs at your joke - they get it!

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  10. Such beautiful work Penny, I especially love that colourful one, but the other ones are also very special, what a collection!

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    1. Thank you, Kat. I paint a lot, every day, so my stash of art keeps growing. I may have to give it away to make room for more. LOL.

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  11. I've always been drawn to abstract art! It's more suggestive and thought provoking! These are quite lovely!! Loved Cloudscape!

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  12. Your water colour paintings are dreamy. I love the rich texture in your piece done with heavy body acrylics. Congratulations on being featured at PPF.

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