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So many ideas, so little time!

Time has slipped by, and it is now autumn. I DO have some time today to share some of my experiments, paintings and sketches! So, here they are

First, is my completed acrylic painting 12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas. I used acrylic medium to build up the flower petals, they are raised up on the canvas about an 1/8 of an inch. Then, overpainted the petals with titanium white. I have another canvas 16 x 20 in the works, with a much bolder texture. That is for another day!

Next, I have some monoprints. I have been creating these on plexiglass with Golden Open Acrylics. I add some watercolor to the monoprint, which adheres to the areas that the acrylic did not cover, and then use acrylic ink to add whatever detail I desire. Some I like, some I don’t. But these three have some intriguing possibilities.

Finally, I have been working on some Hollyhocks. They were so beautiful this year, I really wanted to capture them. I have made numerous sketches. It has been difficult to get the composition just right, but I am hoping that I am on the right track. I used my acrylic markers, Gelatoes and NeoColor crayons for these efforts. Eventually, I will paint these little beauties on a black gessoed canvas so the pink pops right out at the viewer! Hope you have a great week!

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Where to Begin?

 

I have been Plein Air painting with my good friend and mentor Marianna this summer. I have learned so much from this lovely lady!! Since I have a few minutes today (Bailey (the dog) is napping!!), I scanned some of my work to share with you.

The painting on the left is acrylic landscape, on acrylic primed canvas board, 8 x 10. The two center pieces are of an “elusive” oak in Townsend Park. We park our cars in the morning when the light is perfect and by the time we get set up, the light is gone. The tree has a lovely shape and I have many pictures of it. Hope to be able to capture its essence. The oil painting is on an oil primed canvas board, 8 x 10. I used water soluble Daniel Smith Oil paints, and oil bars (my old stand by). The last sketch is another interesting tree at Townsend park. If I have spare time at the end of class, I try not to waste it!

This week, we did something entirely different! Abstract!

If that isn’t enough, how about a few monoprints to finish the day?

Upper Left is a geranium in acrylic, the lower left is an orchid in watercolor and the right is a painting with the daisies painted in oil pastel as a resist. Then I mixed yellow and indigo on a Plexiglas plate and laid the daisy painting into the paint. Once the acrylic was dry, I scrapped off the acrylic from the daises and there it is!

I’d love to hear from you! Have  a great week!

 

The small stuff!!

I have been working on “studies” with my acrylics and acrylic markers. The Liquitex acrylic markers really make this easy, since they are really a “no muss, no fuss” type of marker. Just shake them up and off you go!

The first offering is a study that I did for one of my craftsy classes. The instructor had some comments, which I will try to address this week.

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

The next painting is the same scene, slightly larger 8 x 10

8 x 10 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

8 x 10 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

Next, is the 5 x 7 spring study for my Grand River series.

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

This is my WIP (Work In Progress) for the Spring on the Grand River = 12 x 16 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

12 x 16 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

12 x 16 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

Finally, I have to throw in my Watercolor study of Springtime on Country Brook and a Marker/Charcoal rendering of my orchids… Enjoy!!

5 x 7 Watercolor

5 x 7 Watercolor


5 x 7 Marker and Charcoal

5 x 7 Marker and Charcoal

Have a great week!! Don’t be afraid to leave me a message. I would like to hear your comments.

Oil or Acrylic?

I have been conducting a little experiment with one of the Craftsy Classes that I am taking. I first did a version of the exercise with oil bar/sticks and then did one with acrylic. Both these paintings are done with a limited Classic palette (white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, Indian red, black). I was pleased with the Oil Painting which has very rich color. I was also surprised that I could get the light yellow from the yellow ochre! I am not happy with the shape of the flower.

Oil Bar/Stick on Canvas Board

Oil Bar/Stick on Canvas Board

Then I did it again with the same limited palette but in acrylic. The flower worked out better (color wise and shape), but the VASE is too light and it looks crooked (Since these are practice, maybe I’ll go back in a fix it up). Also, the lemon and flower need to be anchored on the table cloth!

Acrylic on canvas - 11 x 14

Acrylic on canvas – 11 x 14

Today I am working on a “Impressionist” Palette. Again, I will do one with Oil Bars/Sticks and another with Acrylics. I just have to find some time to do it.

Have a great day!

It is almost the weekend! I just finished a 16 x 20 prototype of an acrylic painting that will “hopefully” turn into a 24 x 36 project. This was done with Golden and Daniel Smith Acrylics, no medium on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas. I primed it with RED since I knew that the painting would contain a lot of green. Also, used “transparent” colors since I am on a GLAZING kick. Take a look and let me know what you think. And keep your fingers crossed that I get a chance to do the 24 x 36 version of this painting

PS> The background color is NOT the proper grey, but that will be fixed in the larger version.

16 x 20 Springtime on Bolt - Acrylic

16 x 20 Springtime on Bolt – Acrylic

16 x 20 Springtime on Bolt - Acrylic

16 x 20 Springtime on Bolt – Acrylic

16 x 20 Springtime on Bolt - Acrylic

16 x 20 Springtime on Bolt – Acrylic

Here are some attempts to get in the SWING of things again. Some are okay, some aren’t. Good thing the trash man is coming tomorrow. I have some paintings for him!

First, did a few watercolors and they turned out AOK.

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The second set of sketches, disasters, etc are for a painting I want to do. What I need is a small prototype to show one of my friends. The first in this set didn’t work out so well (hence the garbage can). The leaves should be feathery and dainty and ended up being big blobs. So of the colors turned out well, so I will use that new found (again) knowledge in the later paintings

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Once I decided to start again, I started from scratch with a sketch, a watercolor (see above), then I drew the sketch onto a 16 x 20 canvas with Inktense pencils and started to work adding colors.

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I REALLY need to REMEMBER that I can’t JUMP in and paint. I need to PLAN first! I’ll keep you informed on my progress!

Have a great day!

The clock is ticking….

I made some progress on my painting tonight, but it HAS to be done by Friday, August 16th! Oye! I plan on giving you updates as the week progresses so that you can see the difference that 1 week makes. I have been working on the path, and on the goats…. The goats have changed dramatically since the last time. They almost look like goats! Still need to add two chickens (crossing the road…)

Goats - acrylic on canvas

Goats – acrylic on canvas

 

Farm Scene - 48 x 36 Acrylic

Farm Scene – 48 x 36 Acrylic

 

Not the best pictures, the flash went off…  ONWARD!

 

Let there be .. Goats?

I’m pretty sure that you haven’t been spending a lot of time this summer wondering “Why hasn’t Linda posted anything lately”.  Just in case you were wondering, I have been pretty busy, just not producing ALOT of art.  First, lets start out with the Plein Air paintings. These two are 8 x 10 boards, painted with Oil Bars/Sticks. Both done in 1.5 hours (first one needs to be finished up)

Plein Air, Reeds Lake, Mi - 8 x 10 oil

Plein Air, Reeds Lake, Mi – 8 x 10 oil

Plein Air, Reeds Lake, Mi - 8 x 10 oil

Plein Air, Reeds Lake, Mi – 8 x 10 oil

 

And I DID promise you goats. I FINALLY finished drawing my last goat. They are now both on the canvas. I did a “negative painting” with inktense Pencils, wet it down, let it dry and then will finish painting the inside. Here are the Goats as promised!

Goats - acrylic on canvas

Goats – acrylic on canvas

Lastly, here is the entire painting! Three weeks and it HAS to be done!

Farm Scene - 48 x 36 Acrylic

Farm Scene – 48 x 36 Acrylic

 

Well! Back to painting! Enjoy!

Linda

 

 

For all the little ones!

This huge painting (36 x 48) for “all the little ones”. I am having a blast doing it. The process I use, is to draw the animals that I intend to use with Inktense pencils. Do some water washes on them. Cut them out and place them on the canvas. If I like the size (relatively), I draw the animals using Inktense Pencils, add some water and let it dry. Next comes Acrylic paint. (I’m trying not to be Too STINGY with the paint!) Here’s where we are today. The first picture was taken in my studio. The morning light was not the best.

Barn Yard - 36 x 48 Acrylic - See the cutout cow?

Barn Yard – 36 x 48 Acrylic – See the cutout cow?

Next, I put the Holstein in…. and wrestled the painting out to the deck to get a better picture.

Barn Yard - 36 x 48 Acrylic - Holstein painted! Next the BIlly Goat

Barn Yard – 36 x 48 Acrylic – Holstein painted! Next the Billy Goat

Only 6 weeks to go! Enjoy! please let me know if you have any comments!

The Barnyard

This will be the largest painting that I have ever done! 36 x 48 in. Wow! I have cleared off my entire Costco table, and propped it up against the bar. With that size canvas, you can’t just pop it in the back of your car and use it for Plein Air…. Anyway, here is the latest of my children’s paintings. There will be Goats, Chickens, and some Cows. The first billy goat that I sketched, turned out GREAT, his buddy NOT so GREAT. So I will keep working the sketches.  (goat sketches are included in the last picture) This is an acrylic painting (primarily Daniel Smith paints)

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Have a great week!

Linda