Saturday, 24 February 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 24

Worked on two dogs today - Day 23 and Day 24. I was behind a day posting and while not a big deal I really wanted to get back on track. They are both totally different - still trying to find my way !

Have some process images to share - I find them helpful to look back on!




Free hand drawing, painted background
and then a 'black' mix for the dog 






Added some tissue paper that was stenciled 






Transparent red iron oxide rubbed/brushed over the image. 
Did this a couple of more times






7"X9"
Acrylic mixed media on Arches
140lb coldpress paper 








Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 23

Todays dog from 'start to finish'.....Happy Saturday!!



...looking a little anxious about where this is going..... 



'....still a bit pensive but can live with the result'
(and deserving of a better name!!)
7"X10"
Acrylic mixed media on
Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper








Friday, 23 February 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 22





'Waiting for Dinner'
7"X10"
Acrylic on 140lb cold press watercolour paper 




Paint is pretty thin in spots, you can see some paper with no paint and quite a bit of transparent red iron oxide that I used for a 'first' layer. Could I have done more - probably....maybe...but this is where I choose to stop. And our dogs were waiting for dinner! She is quite different from yesterday's pup.







Thursday, 22 February 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 21

Today is 'another' day. Hooray!!! This is what I was thinking after I posted Day 20 - 'shouldn't have posted or not tried to paint - probably both'. Well, I have to say that the last 2 days has been a great learning experience.

So, what did I learn.....

1. I have been told that when I am painting if I am asking the question 'should I do this?' - the answer is always yes. I haven't really put this to the test in a big way, just in small ways that won't have any great overall effect on the painting.

2. If you are going to make a change - then make a change. If you are finding yourself stuck - then 'throw' something on the support that is going to make you react! I am interpreting this as 'go big or go home!'


I was going to try and 'fix' yesterday's painting.  I just couldn't. Decided what the heck let's make a change - not something small and fiddly, but a big one! And once that's done - I wonder if I should paint the background red - not just any red, but a dark cad red? Well - where is my cad red deep!!






'a little miffed and disappointed by choices
made and would you please fix my ears!'
8"X8"
Acrylic mixed media on canvas









'Not as miffed and red is a good colour for me'
8"X8"
Acrylic mixed media on paper 



I am going to shorten her name to 'Ruby' and hang her in a prominent spot in my studio - a lovely reminder of what you can happen when you take some risks in the studio!






Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 20

So little time for painting today.....all the 'stuff' I haven't been doing because I've been painting....well today was the day a choice was made to put painting to the bottom of the list. I am going to call her a work in progress - time to put the paint brush down and step away from the paint!! Tomorrow is another day and yes - those ears need more paint and a bit of a tweak!





'a little miffed and disappointed by choices
made and would you please fix my ears!'
8"X8"
Acrylic mixed media on canvas 




Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 19

No sketch, no idea at all! .....Just a blank canvas and some paint and my favourite painting tools.....






'...and there she was'
8"X8"
Acrylic mixed media on canvas 





Monday, 19 February 2018

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day 18

Another day, another dog. Quick sketch, blank canvas, some paint, water soluble crayon graphite and collage. A little 'wonky' but that's what you get with a little rascal. Hope you enjoy today's pup.





Quick sketch 







'Rascal'
12"X12"
Acrylic mixed media on canvas