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I hope everyone is enjoying the silly season and getting ready to start bring in the New Year in an enjoyable (and safe!) way.
I thought before 2012 ends that I should post a few more of the fun little paintings I have created over the last couple of months, up until Christmas I have been painting pretty much every day and hope to get back to it in the next few days. Well that is assuming I can figure out what is wrong with the air conditioner in my studio as we have been melting in 42 degree celcius days!
All of these have been painted with the Atelier Interactive acrylics, and in a couple I have been experimenting with the micaceous gold acrylic for some rather pleasing results. There is the very definite risk of going overboard with this particular type of paint, so some restraint is needed to make rather than break the painting. The shimmer of the micaeous paint does not show very well in the photographs so I have included some angled shots to show how the light reflects off the mica particles.
I am currently working on a more traditional acrylic painting and have a few ideas for some new graphite and colour pencil artworks as well. However, I’m really looking forward to using these small studies as the basis for larger works and delving further into abstract and contemporary landscape paintings, specifically exploring the ideas of horizon lines and open spaces in 2013. I’ve had so much fun with these and certainly plan to continue with some smaller paintings, so I’d love to know what you think about these ones!
Another productive day in the studio working with my Interactives acrylics. In the spirit of experimentation, I am actually working on a number of small paintings at the moment, pretty much at the same time. Sounds strange I know, but I am finding it a very valuable technique for removing the intellectual thought process and instead just painting intuitively. While I am quite used to the beginning stages of my artwork looking unusual…or at the very least nothing like the finished piece, working with multiple pieces is quite exhilerating. I usually have 2 or 3 on my easel at one time that I swap with another 2 or 3 during the painting session. Each painting is developed at approximately the same rate as the others, but they complete at different times – sometimes it is simply one glaze of colour that is enough to complete the painting. In some ways, I think it is similar to automatic writing in that I am laying out the paints, holding a paint brush and seeing what happens!
This little sunset painting is what happened today. I have forgotten how difficult paintings are to photograph, this photo dosn’t pick up the delicate mauve transition between the orange and the blue. One of these days I will need to set up my big camera and get some better pics.
Some women collect shoes, some buy clothes and jewellery…but to an artist there is nothing greater than getting more art supplies! I have recently tried a couple of tubes of Atelier Interactive Acrylics and was so pleased with them that I had to go out and purchase some more….and then a few more a week later:)
This is my new collection, with lots of lucious bright colours, the cadmiums and one very expensive tube of Series 6 Cobalt Blue!
Interactives are lightfast artists quality (I won’t use anything else) acrylic paints with a difference. Interatives are the only acrylic paints in the world that allow controlled drying techniques! While they work exactly like other acrylic paints in regards to fast drying time, you can keep them open for as long as you want with a simple mist of water or wet brush so that you can blend them in a way that is very similar to oils. When you want the paint to dry quickly, you stop using the water spray, or use one the fast drying mediums. I have found that I can re-open unfixed layers just with water even after a few hours, so havn’t needed to use the Unlocking Formula medium that llows you to re-open touch dry paint. So far I am only using the Atelier Fast Medium/Fixer and one of the gloss mediums for glazing depending on what result that I am aiming for.
So far I am very impressed, and feel that with the way I paint, this is the closest that any acrylics come to comparing to painting with oils – without the hassle of a long dry time that oils have!
While I havn’t cracked the tube of Cobalt Blue yet, I do have a number of small paintings on the go done completely with the Interactives (not the three red ones on the left, they have been painted in oils).
I painted this little oil study with just a little bit more detail thn my recent paintings, I have tried to keep the detail limited to just enough to suggest the beautiful wildflowers in this Western Australian landscape.
And just because LOVE the immediacy of working with pastels which I havn’t worked with for a couple of years now, a little blue and green abstract on pastel paper that reminds me of the ocean.
Being able to go wild with colour in these little studies is quite exhilerating, and certainly very different to the mostly browns, creams, whites, blacks and greys of animal and wildlife paintings!
These two are inspired by the heat of the Australian summer (fitting as it is the first day of that season today) and are small oil painting studies on prepared MDF panels.
As 2012 draws to a close, I have finally found myself inspired to retun to my studio and have started painting again, and for the past few weeks have pretty much joined the ranks of the Daily Painters. Possibly due to the mental, emotional and physical challenges that I have faced for the past two years or perhaps as a result of the freedom and creativity that I have found by painting in the digital medium (or prehaps a combination of both?), I have moved well away from detailed realism and have been exploring organic abstracts and minimalist landscape paintings in both oil and acrylics.
The thing that I have found most rewarding (and that which keeps me returning to my studio while managing a serious injury that one of my horses has) is that I am really enjoying the actual process of painting, colour selection and careful blending without focusing on the end result – essentially the exact opposite of how I work in detailed realism. It actually feels very liberating to not be totally focused on the end result and I am finding that it is very much an emotional healing experience – art truly is therapy for the soul!
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