Thursday, May 11, 2017

Some People, Some Paint and Finally Flowers

I'm not sure where the old mirror originated. I feel like I may have inherited it with the house twenty years ago! 
Maybe you've seen one like it - odd goldish plastery looking frame with an obviously older mirror. In mirror years, she would have been hiding her grays with box color bought with a coupon. 
When I was going through my paint everything in aqua chalk paint stage, she got a new color. Then I dropped her and cracked the frame and shattered the mirror. 
After that, I wasn't quite sure what to do...purchase a new mirror...toss the frame (I know. Can you believe I even considered that?!)...ask Husband to cut a piece of wood to fit. I chose the latter. 
So, I asked Husband and he said, "Sure thing, fancy wife!" To be transparent here...I think he just said something like, "Okay." And then he disappeared into the garage and a little while later, came back handing me an oval shaped piece of wood. 

For months, I stared at the empty frame hanging from a wire on my foyer wall. Remember the first time you ever heard a lady pronounce it "foy-YAY" when she was talking about the entry area at the church? 
After that, I hesitate to even say the word. Never mind my college degree in French and the second syllable is not to be emphasized like that! 

Last night I was toying with the idea of just painting the thing. If I made a mess...I'd just paint over it. That's the charm of acrylic paint. You can just PAINT OVER a mess or a mistake - kind of like using an eraser. 

So here she is! I think I like her. I did have to walk away for awhile as I was not totally feeling it. 
I laid her aside and went on to do other things. About the time I forgot she was just lying on the tile at the front door, I caught a glimpse of her. Love! 

That's the way it is sometimes...with people and with paintings - when it or they are right in front of your nose and you're focusing on some little part of the may not be too sure. Not too sure about this or them at all. 
But then, you go about your business and completely unaware, you see them in a new light. You see the whole and not just some minor part. And your heart beats a little faster and there's that feeling of love all over again. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Wild Hair!

When March marches in (heehee), spring is at hand! Easter, The Cross, colored eggs and baskets and bunnies! I do love the bunnies but not so much when they are munching on my backyard roses.

I painted this rabbity fellow a couple days ago. You might say I had a wild hair to paint a hare! I usually have several primed boards stacked in the garage waiting on my next wood sign workshop (one of my Coastal Color Studio art classes). With said hair waving wildly, I grabbed a board (5 1/2" x 17 1/2")  from my stash, pulled out brushes, paints and a water jar, tied on an apron and placed the board on my easel.

Here is the google image I used as a reference.

A few weeks ago I used this same image for a watercolor.

My process in painting the rabbit on the board was first to sketch a loose outline of the rabbit in the reference photo.
Using a mechanical pencil I quickly drew a simple outline of the rabbit right on the primed board. I began painting using both inexpensive craft paint as well as my Liquitex and Golden acrylic paints. Obviously I was not going for a replica of the photo image but rather an artsy interpretation. I
am more drawn to an expressionist view rather than a literal interpretation so that is what I most like to paint.
I love the playfulness of blush pink in the body and ears of the rabbit and also the turquoise that bounces like light from the sides and nose of the bunny. I wanted whimsy and a playfulness in this painting but also a touch of the dramatic which led to the black background.

I just love him!

I asked my husband to make a frame for my bunny from some of our pallet wood - also used in my wood workshops.

Here he is all framed up for spring! I especially like how the red oak of the wood complements the blush and orange in the rabbit.

original acrylic on board, framed rustic style in pallet wood, hanger attached
5 1/2" x 17 1/2" - $55 and free shipping within the contiguous U.S.
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What do you think? Does this ignite a creative spark in you? Feel free to leave a comment if you have a question about paint, brushes or technique.