Showing posts with label abstract. Show all posts
Showing posts with label abstract. Show all posts

Sunday, September 24, 2017

On the Cliffs - Painting over an acrylic poured background

I have been experimenting with a new technique of acrylic pouring with mixed results. This little 8*10 painting is one of these that didn't quite turn out the way I hoped, so when it dried instead of repouring I decided to use it as a background for another painting. There were not a lot of "pre-loaded images" to work within this pour -these are images that just appear -  so I had to rely on the colors in the background to choose colors the colors for the foreground. The muted blues/greys and texture reminded me of washed out plaster so running with that I emphasized the oranges, pinks, and greens. With all the visual interest the background you don't have to worry about covering all the underpainting, just enough develop your vision.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Morphed abstract acrylic portrait painting




I am very excited to bring you this latest work named "Morphed". This abstract painting is a representation of the ying and yang of humanity and how even though we see the world through the same eyes, our perspective is completely unique. I hope you enjoy.
18 * 24 inch
acrylic on stretched canvas

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Faces of Humanity abstract portrait

2' * 3 '
acrylic and ink on wrapped canvas

This painting has taken me a few years to finish for a couple of reasons, 1. I don't usually work this large and 2. I don't usually do abstracts. Well working on this piece I have had to overcome these issues. In addition to these colorful faces, I also incorporated some basic tangles to add some interest. I am quite pleased with how it turned out, I just wish my photography skills would do it justice as it is much brighter in person.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Serenity in Mixed Media

5*8 inch
mixed media over monoprint

When I developed this Buddha painting I felt like a sculpture pushing (adding darks) and pulling features (adding lights). I used a very simplistic palette of just Prussian blue and white over a Gelli print, but I feel it has some impact with the texture of the print showing through. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mixed media cat painting using Gelli printed background

This painting is an example of recovering from a major disaster. Everything was going along wonderfully and I was using my black paint pen to add some details when it exploded - see the viewers left eye - and when I was sopping it up I touched the paper towel on the shoulder area. Ugh.
As I had originally intended, this is a little demo on how I achieved the final painting even through adversity. 
 This art journal is nothing fancy, a plain lined paper notebook, it's about 5*8, with a tough vinyl cover , that I picked up from the dollar store. Some of the pages I have gessoed, some have been decoupaged, and some papers are Gelli print one-offs - like this one. The only reason I like to use this one is because I like the size of it.
 I didn't have any idea when I started on what I was going to do with this sheet. I try and use the most patterned part of the paper as the focal point. So I took my blue watercolor pencil and sketched out a basic cat shape. Even when I am just working in a sketchbook I am still thinking about some basic design principals, but I am not too concerned with too many details, you will be surprised on how many of those are created just because of the background pattern.
 Now start to carve out your image by painting the negative shape. I used a blue-grey wash to ghost the image so that some of the background still shows through. Use a light touch at first. It is a lot easier to cover mistakes in a thin wash than a thick opaque line. When that is dry, I finger painted the rest of the background letting the colors mix on the paper.
Add your details. For this I used a black oil pastel, this works well for blending and adding that furry fuzz illusion to your cat. Paint the eyes, don't forget those highlights. There is no way you can ever recreate this painting as no two Gelli papers are the same but I hope you are inspired to try out this idea. Remember its only paint.
5* 8 inch
mixed media (Gelli print on paper, acrylics, oil pastel, oil marking pencil, ink, watercolor pencil) 


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mixed media landscape painting with Gelli printed paper background

This little landscape painting was created using gelli printed paper tiles as my background. This process serves as adding color and pattern to a blank canvas as well as adding some interesting texture.

4.5" * 7"
Acrylic painting covered with Gelli printed paper tiles on wrapped canvas

Hope you enjoy

Friday, November 11, 2016

Using Gelli Prints in Mixed Media Bunny Painting

Hi everyone, so nice to be back in the world of creative expression. I really miss these days as I don't get a lot of time to do it anymore with going back to  school and family responsibilities.
 
4.5" * 7"
Mixed media (paper, canvas, acrylic, ink, oil pencil, chalk)

I was working on some printing some Gelli papers for our Christmas gift tags. This is an easy project to create with very minimal, inexpensive supplies and are beautiful in many other applications as well. I used regular craft acrylic, card stock, a homemade permanent Gelli plate and some store bought and hand cut stencils and stamps.
I really don't like wasting such beautiful papers so with the left overs from our tags, I decided to cover a canvas with 1 inch tiles using the printed paper with Modge Podge and after deliberating for a while I decided to add this cute bunny painting. I left some of the background prints showing through as this will add dimension and to the painting. Finally add some details with a permanent  ink pen and called it a day.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tangled Quilt Blocks

Hi everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family. We have been busy getting ready for the Christmas season, decorating, sewing, baking. It just seems like it is never ending, just when you think you are ahead of the game another project pops up. Well this project is a colaberation project. My aunt (a major inspiration in my creative life) has asked me to design a couple of tangled quilt blocks to be used in one of her famous quilting projects. These are the first few, hope you enjoy. They measure 4.75 * 4.75 inch done on cotton fabric with micron pigmment pens.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Feeling Fauvist Portrait Painting

Well while the kids were making up their Father' day cards this weekend I pulled out my paints and let them fly. It is very strange that anything put on the open market is usually very detailed and traditional but anything that I make up for our home is bold,colorful and almost abstract. I love the way this painting turned out-very few strokes with bold color. :)
Untitled
8 * 10 acrylic on canvas board
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Kilroy Abstract Tangle


Good Morning Everyone. The mother-in-law is gone now and I have a few days before my BFF is here so I thought I would get some work done. This is a 9 * 12 abstract tangle featuring Kilroy. It was done in an assortment of Micron Pens on 105 gms AF paper.
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Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wise old Owl - Tangle

Good morning everyone. Well the holiday company has started.... and it wont end till January now. :0 But I have managed to fit this piece in over the past few days. It is 8 * 10.5 inch Ink on AF paper. I love this form of art. I dont have to put much thought into the planning process, I just squiggle a line... flip the paper around until I find my image and the rest is just instinct. Lights against darks, Open patterns against closed patterns. I Love it! and hope you do to.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A couple of new tangles



Have been feeling a little under the weather this week so I havent made it to the table to paint. Instead it has been a case of curling up with the kids on the pull out and watching movies and tangling. Hope you enjoy the newest additions.
Tammy

Friday, September 30, 2011

10 min Ladies - abstract portraits

Good Morning All. Ive had the luxury of the kids sleeping in this morning so I got a few 10 min portraits done. I am actually very pleased in how they came out. They are bright, fresh.. and the best part they actually look human. ;)
2.75 *2.75 in
acrylic on mini stretched canvas

3 * 3.75 in
acrylic on 600lb rough watercolor paper



On a side note, My wonderful husband has been modeling for me over the past few weekends, I started out with 3 - 15 min sessions of quick sketches.. which turned out so good, he has allowed me to paint him from life. I have never done anything like this and it is so exciting. :) After a 1 hour session - from sketch to blocking in local color - it already looks like him. I hope to get a picture today while it is nice outside and get it up sometime this weekend.
Hope you enjoy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trying to loosen up Watercolor Portrait Studies


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I have been working on "loosening up" and "get it right the first time" direct approach to painting in watercolors. Not an easy task as watercolors dry alot lighter so when you look at dark thick masses of color on your pallette it is kind of scary. :D
These are small quick studies
Angelic study
3.75 * 5.25 inch on 140lb CP is done using a limited pallett of Burnt Sienna, aureolin and paynes grey
Venus Abstract
3.5 * 5.25 inch
watercolor on 140lb CP
Hope this inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and experiment a little.
Tammy


Friday, March 18, 2011

Dog Day's - original Boxer pop art painting

Hi everyone. Well TGIF. Early in the week I had to take my computer into the doctor - It wasnt feeling very well. I think it came down with a virus. ;) lol But it is back up and running, so that means back to work. :)
Spring is in the air, and there is a little more of a hop to everyones step so I decided to go big and bold. Well big compared to what I have been doing. :)
12 * 16 inch
acrylic on stretched canvas
Open Edition Prints and Cards available
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Happy Painting