Lately, I have been working with a lot of pastel greens and examining how they interact with deep cerulean blue in my acrylic technique.
When I say “lately” I’m specifically talking about the past few days since summer has arrived here in Southern Ontario, Canada.
Although my initial entry into the art world began with my desire to create large artists canvas at infinitesimally cheaper costs than retail; I have become preoccupied with smaller pieces (6″ x 12″) in a rectangular shape.
By the end of July, I am hoping to have enough pieces that I am proud of enough to put forward as part of my portfolio. Portfolio + confidence are my goals as an artists for the summer of 2016.
For this piece, I wanted to use colours and techniques that I have previously explored earlier in the year.
I started with blue and added reds and blacks to change colour values in addition to performing swirling techniques that allowed for a nice marbling effect. I think that the photo (taken with my iPad) does not truly give justice to the beautiful details of this piece. If you click on the photo, you will have an enlarged view- but until I upgrade my camera arsenal to take better photos, you will have to take my word for it.
On an aside- I had a wonderful Cannon point and shoot digital camera that was a lovely gift for my graduation many years ago- however the screen broke in such a way that I cannot see what the lens has in its view, nor can I confirm that I have taken a good photo because I can only see half of the image due to the large crack in the screen.
To aggravate matters, the camera has a “touch screen” interface, making it impossible to look through an analog viewfinder or to use most of the features. Basically, I can take photos with that camera, but it is largely a guessing game to wait and see what “develops” after removing the SD card to review the photos.
Quel dommage! It causes such a headache for me that I would rather use my large and cumbersome iPad to capture images than to use my broken point and shoot. I will eventually replace it, but I am told that the end of the year is the best time to buy such items, and I have my eye on an SLR camera as my passion to create art grows.
I decided to buy a cheap brand of acrylic paint on a recent trip to the art supply store.
The quantity was plenty, and the colours looks great; but, when I got the tubes home I noticed that they did not mix well with my usual premium acrylic paints to create a style that I liked. One of the positive sides to this mishap, was that the paints had a nice body to them; and I was able to create some texture in this piece (seen above).
I have heard many times that in order to be good at something (like, really really good), you have to do whatever the thing is every single day. Following that stream of thought, it would make sense that some days as a painter, one just needs to paint for the sake of painting. The quality of the paint should not really matter or serve as a roadblock to achieving the goal of painting everyday.
Above we see an abstract landscape painting. I intended it to be a very abstract and colourful scene with mountains and a golden sun. I have heard from many admirers of my art that as the beholder’s they can decide on what they see. The colours are decided, but ultimately the image that is viewed is entirely up to you, and how you feel at that moment.
although I had very reasonable intentions, it did not turn out as I had expected.
I am a harsh and rigid critic of my own work.
I think that it is important to appreciate your good and bad pieces as an artist. It is a part of any journey to becoming something: learning from your mistakes and planning out what to do better next time.
It will be a great feeling to cover up some of these with gesso.