Tag Archives: @Liquitex

Family, Zoom And Scraps Of Colour

29 Jul

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Every week since early in lockdown we have had a family quiz with relatives from as far afield as Australia and Ammanford. It’s helped us all to cope, especially when the lockdown was at its toughest, although our Australian family are now in a second lockdown. Zoom came along at the right time.

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I used up some more leftover paint and paper and had a play with squiggles earlier too. I like the way the heavy Bockingford paper breaks up the paint. I guess I’ll eventually use these scraps in some collages.

Still Squiggling

26 Jul

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Had some more leftover paint again today so I played with it and had a squiggle session on some leftovers Bockingford paper. I’m beginning to enjoy the feel of the paint on the paper and the way it layers up and changes. Oh, and I used a pallette knife as well – advanced stuff 😀

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Playing Some More

25 Jul

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Had a bit more of a play today, using up leftover Liquitex acrylic paint on some leftover Bockingford paper. It’s not meant to look like anything, I’m trying to enjoy the paint for its own sake, which isn’t easy for me to do, I don’t lean naturally towards abstract painting.

 

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Finished The Cat

28 May

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Finished the cat picture. It’s gone into my window. I live in a very diverse area and one of my neighbouring houses is a care in the community home for adults with mental health issues. We stop and chat often and they have been really chuffed with the art that Husb and I have been putting into the window, mostly temporarily, so we decided to do some permanent pieces, related in some way to The Pandemic. Husb is still working on his. These long thin Winsor & Newton canvas panels are a good fit for our front windows and they can be seen from the street.

 

Knowing when to finish is always an issue with any artwork, I think. I don’t particularly like paintings that are very polished, I like to see something of the process that’s gone into the work; the bits where the paint has been scuffed onto the canvas; the white bits showing through; the brushstrokes that dragged; the drips. I enjoyed playing with the interactions between opaque and translucent paint (Liquitex heavy body acrylics), layering randomly and using up the dregs off the pallette. I also like to leave something for the viewer to fill in or interpret or get absorbed in. It’s a two-way thing.

I showed Sparta Puss. She was not impressed.

Stay Safe In Comic Sans

27 May

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I carried on with my Pop-inspired painting of Sparta Puss today. I put the caption into her thought bubble – Stay safe – in a reasonable attempt at Comic Sans, although it could be a bit tidier. I love Comic Sans and I don’t care! I’m putting a rainbow border around the thought bubble, to honour our keyworkers. The bit at the bottom is developing randomly. I’m quite frugal – some would say stingy – and I don’t like to waste paint so I’m scrubbing leftovers onto the bottom of the canvas then painting paisley patterns over it. I like it.

I’m using Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. I’m working from a digital drawing I did of Sparta Puss on my Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

Cat’s Eyes

23 May

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I did a bit more work on my Pop painting of Sparta Puss this afternoon, on the speech bubble, her coloured bits and her eyes, which are a lovely green. I started filling in the background with left over paint – waste not want not – but I haven’t decided what to put in it yet.

 

 

Carrying On With The Cat

20 May

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I carried on with my painting of Sparta Puss today, getting a bit more detail done and I put in a speech bubble. I’ve decided to go all Pop Art on her. It’s fun, like colouring in. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. Getting there…..

Finished One, Started Another

10 May

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I spent another couple of hours finishing my copy of van Gogh’s Starry Night today, that’s about 5 and a half hours in all. I don’t know how long it took Vincent. I learnt an awful lot from doing it, about handling paint and also about Vincent’s technique. The work is much richer and more multi-layered than I had thought. Looking at the comments posted on the Cheese and Wine Painting Club, which hosted the original session, a lot of the participants thought it was the hardest one yet. The composition is quite simple, but the application of the paint is very complex.

I’m inspired now to do a painting of my own. Not something I normally do but I’m really enjoying this lockdown detour. Here’s the beginning. Can you see what it is yet? 😀

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The next family-friendly session of the Cheese and Wine Painting Club is Friday May 15th at midday and the painting will be Picasso’s Girl With Red Beret. It’s free for those who need it to be with donations from those who can afford to chip in a bit.

Starry Starry Cat

9 May

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I carried on with the painting I started yesterday with the Facebook Cheese and Wine Painting Club. It’s van Gogh’s Starry Night and it’s far more complex than I’d realised. I did an hour and a half yesterday and two hours today and still a ways to go. Sparta Puss joined me for a while.

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I’m using Liquitex acrylic heavy body paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. It’s weird painting, not something I normally do, but it’s so interesting to analyse a famous artwork and see what has gone into it. I uploaded a better image of Starry Night today and saw loads more detail in it.

Complementary

29 Apr

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I carried on painting today. I’m just doing a bit at a time because I tend to get very stressed over painting, which doesn’t happen when I draw or make original prints. So I’m just dashing over to it, slapping some acrylic paint on it, then dashing away to do something else. Today I put a wash of orange over the yellow towards the bottom of the canvas roll. It’s a complementary colour to the blue and I like using complementary colours – they create such intensity. I also started to block in some darker areas on the overalls, overlaying the cerulean with a red-biased pthalo blue. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics, mostly transparent or translucent as I like layering glazes over each other. This is a portrait of the artist Patti McJones that I started 5 years ago, it’s a big piece, almost life size.

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