As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am intrigued by the patterns that I see in nature and the fact that they are repeated on different scales. From blood vessels to river deltas, these fractal patterns are everywhere.
This often ends up with some of my work having a slightly visceral quality. I even did a series of paintings called “visceral landscapes”.
This painting included papers that I had previously decorated with acrylic paint and then were then collaged on to the painting. I also used various bits of paper from magazines. After the collage I worked more layers of paint until I was happy with it.
It turned out more obviously “visceral” than usual!
I showed it to a few people recently and it has been interesting to see the reactions of those viewing the painting. It seems to be that they either love it or loathe it. What is your opinion?
I am still on my mini painting binge, the palette is a little different this time, inspired by summer woodland. A mix of watercolour, acrylic and ink, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I have mounted them in 6 x 8 inch mounts to give them more impact.
Every so often I challenge myself to work on a small scale. I find it much more difficult to work on smaller pieces without losing spontaneity.
I have been using various media – watercolour, collage, pastels. It means that I have to think a bit harder (often a problem for me :)) but it is always fun.
Here are a few examples. I will be selling these on Folksy and Etsy. Another bonus is that, because they are small, they don’t cost as much! They measure just 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I am selling them mounted in a 6 x 8 inch mount, so they are ready to pop into your own frame.
I have been playing about with my acrylic paints, inks and Neocolors. I used heavy weight water colour paper as a base.
The ink is from Sakura’s Pigma pens, which are pigment based and fade proof. I especially love the brush tip version.
The Neocolor crayons are water soluble, so will dissolve with water to create a watercolour effect. I used to be sceptical about their usefulness, until I got some to try. Now I wouldn’t be without them. They are great to take sketching too.
Today I thought that I would try out some inks that I have had for a while but not yet had a chance to use, Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Inks. I was getting some gesso out of the cupboard and noticed the inks lurking at the back. So I promptly forgot my original plans and started playing – nothing unusual for me.
These inks use pigments rather than dyes and therefore have better lightfastness. The colours, as you would expect, are mostly vivid and translucent. There are some opaque colours, white and yellow ochre are examples.
You can dilute them with water to create paler colours. I applied them with a brush and also using a dip pen. They are waterproof when dry, which means that you can create many layers without worrying about creating mud.
I also used some recently acquired mica watercolours, Kuretake Starry Colors. As these don’t show up well in a head on photograph, I took a second one at an angle. These paints are very effective and very pretty.
I have a couple more doodles which I will include in my next post, assuming that I don’t get sidetracked..
Following on from yesterday’s painting, using a minimal palette, this is today’s play. I used a similar palette with the addition of a little bit of red. I love using the dull, celadon green that one gets when black, yellow and white are mixed together.
I am playing with a minimal palette just now which leaves me free to concentrate on just letting go with the mark making which is the first layer of this painting. I have a few ideas in the pipeline but don’t have enough time to get started on them. However, I can’t not do any painting! So this is today’s play. 🙂
On another subject, I have been updating some of my blog settings and apologise in advance for any randomly duplicated email newsletters that get generated in the process! Hopefully it won’t happen but I thought it best to warn you!
Life is very busy just now, which is great! I have lots of new work, some of which I have on display at the fantastic Blue Roof Gallery at Oyne in Aberdeenshire.
This week is particularly interesting as many local artists have opened their studios as part of the annual North East Open Studios (NEOS) event. There are so many excellent artists living locally, whose work I want to see, so I shall be trying to visit as many as possible this week.
I have been doing quite a bit of painting on paper lately, rather than my usual support which is canvas. I love the way that the paint moves on paper, especially when I water it down.
Now I know that I may well get someone saying that I shouldn’t water down acrylic paint with just water. I do add a little airbrush medium too but it is mainly water. I only do this when I am painting on paper and, in 35 years or so of using acrylics, I have never had any adhesion problems.
I have also added a little acrylic ink in the form of lines and doodles, as well as a bit of pastel.
I keep telling myself that I need to do paintings that fit into the frames that I already have in stock but, quite often, I get so wrapped up in the moment of creation that I completely forget and just grab the first piece of decent watercolour paper that I can lay my hands on. 🙂