Category Archives: Acrylic

Sketchbook Product Pages and Scribble Faces

I have also been doing sketchbook pages!  See, I’m really not a slacker.  All the time.  In every way.  So yeah, anyway, Jerry’s Artarama sent me some free acrylic guoache paints to try out with my last very big order, so I did!  They are Turner Acryl Gouache, and they gave me a red, a yellow, and a blue.  They are FUN!  For one thing, they dry almost instantly after you lay them down, which makes for some interesting experiments for someone who likes spontaneous abstracts.  (Me me me!)  For another, their pigments are very vivid.  I will have to look into some other colors to try.  And no, they didn’t ask me to review these (please please please, art stores, send me free stuff to review!) and I am not getting compensated.  I just got free stuff cuz I have ordered so much stuff lately.  Here are the spreads done with them:

The page on the left above is mixed media, acrylic watered down with glaze added, water soluble graphite, yellow neon poster paint marker from Sharpie, and fuschia India ink.  The page on the right is more Turner Acryl Gouache.

I also played around with my new Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils on the right of this one, and did some more scribble sketches on the left:

I also did a mixed media page with the India ink and white acrylic paint:

And two pages of abstract watercolor experimentation:

Those are actually what made me want to try the larger watercolor paintings.

And hey, I’m totally going to count my scribble sketches as my ‘catch-up’ faces.  Heehee…now I believe I’m only 2 behind.

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New acrylic paintings!

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.


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2 New Paintings!

My word for the year is FEARLESS (in all caps).  For a couple of days now I’ve been feeling fearful of painting again, and it was making me very frustrated, until I woke up this morning and HAD to paint.  So I painted this on a canvas board, 11 x 14, in Soho acrylics.  I bought them in a starter set to try, and this is the first time I’ve used them.  I don’t like them for my painting style.  They’re not viscous enough for me.  I like the paint almost sticky, and I like it to dry fast.  These are more creamy and dry slowly, so they blend more than I’d like.  We’ve been caught in a storm with LOUD, 80 mile per hour winds for two days, and this is what resulted:

“Eye of the Storm”

Then, after that, I decided to paint an abstract for the cover of my new (old, altered) art journal, which is an old hardback book:

I think the Soho acrylics will lend themselves to art journaling just fine.

I HEART palette knives.  HEART.  THEM.


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The Joy of Painting!

I have discovered The Joy of Painting. Not the TV show, which I used to love to watch just to see that guy be so passionate and joyful, but my own joy in it. I never had that. Never. After a year of art school in which I learned to hate art, I never did another painting. But this weekend, I viewed some youtube videos on abstract art and KNEW that was what I wanted to do. So I did my first abstract painting since 1988! Another thing is that it was my first time using heavy body acrylics, namely Liquitex Heavy Body, and wow does that make the difference. I did NOT know what I was missing. Impasto…I love you. I broke all the rules here. I even threw down the brush five minutes in and painted with a couple of plastic palette knives, including the end of the handle! All this angst over what’s a good brush, how much should I pay, yadda yadda yadda…and I do my first painting, the first painting I did in pure joy, with 10 cent palette knives. I call it, “Anything But Brushes.” Here ya go:

I’m so stoked. Cannot wait to do more.


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