I went on a painting spree! I did all of these over the last four days. I am really finding that for me, I MUST let the painting create itself. If I try to control the process, I don’t enjoy either the process or the product as much. If I just make each stroke as it channels through me, what results is alive and wonderful, in my opinion. I did two paintings the first way, one that is representational, a painting of our view here at the house we will be leaving in a month to move back to Boise. I’m not that pleased with it, but I’m glad I did it so I’ll take a piece of what was good about this place with me when I move:
16 x 20 acrylic on canvas board.
This second one I did for my 13-yr-old daughter in her favorite colors, so it was half-controlled and half-spontaneous. I like it more, and my partner says I may have to do another for Ivy because she wants this on the wall in the living area instead.
Next are 3 12 x 16 paintings done on canvas board. All of these paintings were done with my new Daler-Rowney System 3 Heavy Body Acrylics, which I just used for the first time, and I love them very much. I also much prefer working with anything but brushes.
This one is done in thin glazes scraped on with an old credit card:
This one is done with various palette knives:
It is entitled, “Move,” and is my favorite work I’ve done so far.
This one is done with a combo of the credit card and palette knives:
This is the kind of painting that makes me feel like I just can’t wait to get into the studio. I did these three abstracts all on the same day, and the coastal scene and the one for Ivy on a different day.
I did a fourth abstract after these three that I tried to control, and it turned to crap. So I used my (becoming most beloved) old credit card to scrape it down and then used some watered down paint mixed with glaze squirted out of a bottle with a tiny tip to do some painting over the resulting underlayer. It looked really fabulous but a bit unintentionally gruesome. So I tried to calm it down and it turned to crap again.
Lesson learned: let the painting be what it will be.
I scraped everything off and put gesso over the whole thing and will start again, letting my intuition drive once more.