Throw back art (TBA)

Spring is here!

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I started rummaging through the closets and found these two pieces from early 2015.

 

They were made at a time when I was just starting out. Self expression on canvas (that I had made from scratch).

The primary goal was not to create art per se.  The primary goal of making art was to see how many variations of colour experimentation I could do; the trick was that by making the canvas from scratch I would save oodles of cash!

“The average cost of buying canvas from retailers like Curry’s, DeSerres, or Michael’s Craft Store is anywhere from $20-$70 per canvas depending on the size. I was able to make sizes as large as 96 inches x 48 inches for less than $30.”

In earlier posts I have sung the praises of making art canvas.

I have even done tutorial videos on Youtube that you can find {here} and {here}.

 

The Bananas 2015 (c)- (Photo taken 14 April 2018)

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Gold Leaf Untitled 2015 (c)

 

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Experimental Acrylic on Canvas 

A few months ago I created a piece that was very experimental in method, colour composition, and size. I wanted a wide canvas to hang on the wall behind my living room sofa that would not get dwarfed by the size of the wall. It needed to be at least 4 feet wide (48 inches ) and 2 feet tall (24 inches).

Failing this intent, I didn’t love the painting I created the first time around, so I re-gessoed  the canvas and started a new.

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Initially it was meant to have a landscape orientation, but I tried something new by creating an abstract portrait of an alien landscape. The center of the painting is highlighted by an iridescent violet splatter: a truly laborious endeavour. It took a lot of time to get it to look exactly how I wanted it to.

I like how it turned out of course; and that is why it has been hanging in my hallway for many months. I suppose that it fit so comfortably there that I plumb forgot to share it with the world.

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

Submerged Gold Underwater: Acrylic on Canvas

My latest work is an abstract conception of underwater  (or sunken) gold.

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Gold Underwater sinking to the deepest of depths.

I have been fortunate enough to take a dearly needed vacation and created this during my time away from work.

This is a modest 12 x 24 inch portrait style original work, that features intense contrasts of deep blue and gold. The idea that I worked with was to have blue waves engulf gold as it sunk deep underwater.

The image is a passive commentary on the notion of sunken treasure and opportunities that are out of reach, but still visible.

Much of my art is conceptual, abstract, and utterly beautiful to the eyes of a kindred be holder. I’ve received a lot of interesting feedback on my technique and style from people; and the ultimate response is that I should keep on going!

I think 800 is a nice number for a lifetime goal of art work… 😉

Thanks for reading

-S

Invisible Fish

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My most recent acrylic on canvas artwork is entitled “Invisible Fish”. I created an underwater snapshot of imaginary fish that are translucent and nearly invisible while swimming in an underwater scape.

Method

By blending colours and allowing some paint dripping, I created an underwater feeling in this piece. Some of the layering took place in my studio over several days. I found that when working with pearlescent paints, the first few layers are nearly transparent and need to be “built up” in order to have a more present form. This was specifically the case with the figures of fish in this piece. In order to fully show their form, I outlined their shapes in white (which also kind of gives them a glowing look).

I took a risk by incorporating and mixing a vibrant and viscous yellow acrylic into my ocean. The result was a greenish- nearly chartreuse yellow that represents algae and adventure for my invisible fish. The predominantly blue background is grainy- adding to the texture of the work. I think it was an interesting selection to contrast texture with “pearlesence” in this larger 36 x 12 piece.

That is all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

-S

Emerging Leaf Acrylic on Canvas

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This is my latest work with acrylic paint on homemade canvas. It is an abstract depiction of a leaf with gold veins and blue hieroglyphs. The size is a bit larger than I had planned for: one of those times where scrap wood was aplenty, and my mitre saw had not been used in several weeks in a row. The size is at least 18 x 24 inches, without support cross beams. I used wood glue and stainless steel staples to secure 2 x 2 inch wood into the square frame shape.

Method

The method I used was to splatter paint as well as strokes with a rough bristled brush. There is minimal layering involved with this piece with the exception of hieroglyphs. In the top left hand corner there is slight glimpse of under painting: a green rectangle with 3 boxes. I wanted to have more showings of texture in this piece, but was unable to fully execute that desire.

Colour Composition

Green, blue, and gold are blended together. I used some paint dripping but the overall desire was to have “splashing” colours that combine to the shape of a leaf with gold flecks of sunlight as the veins that bring life.

That is all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

-S

Subtle acrylic blending

My latest piece represents a dream sequence, which suggests that I dream in violet and gold.

This 6 x 12 acrylic on canvas piece definitely captures the uncertainty and mixed expectations often found in dreams. I especially like the marbling effects that are present in the areas where violet/blue meets lighter peach colours.

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This is the second of my pieces that I have has the pleasant opportunity to photograph in my backyard among my plush hydrangea plants. Looking at the beautiful shape of the leaves, they add a nice contrast against the colour variety found in this piece, entitled No. 20.

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

Lovely green, blue, and aqua acrylic

I have returned to colours like aqua and green in my latest work, called No. 19.

imageIt is summer here in Southern Ontario, which means that my backyard is the perfect location to take full-light photos of my work. The backyard gets full sun for 6+ hours per day (which can make it very very hot during our 30 + degree Celsius weather).

The hydrangea plants serve as a perfect backdrop for smaller pieces. The rich green in the leaves make for an engaging background with lots of depth.

 

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Thanks for stopping by,

-S