Acrylic Hammer Smash Lazy Susan

This was done in acrylic paint with a technique called a hammer smash.

My lazy Susan hammer smash was accomplished after quite a few trials and errors, but I finally achieved my goal. I am very happy with the outcome. Fluid art is one of those mediums that has a mind of it’s own, so to speak, but you do need to use your artist eye as well. My extensive back ground in all types of mediums has helped with this process. There are a lot of different variables in getting the paint the right consistency and learning how to multipulate it once you have chosen how you want to deliver it to your substrate.

If you are interested in this form of art I would suggest you watch my video. At the least you should get a laugh or two!

Picture of the painting from the YouTube video
Close up view of pour
Close up view #2

Sedona Fire

Close up view
Inspired by Anne Marie Riderhoff
Close up view

Sedona Fire,resin pour on 8×20 inch tile. I didn’t make a video on this one because there are already a lot of videos out there using this technique. Chris Cross has several as well as Suzana Dancks, and Chris Mather. I am calling this one “Sedona Fire”. It reminds me of the Southwest and the red mountains of Sedona, Az. USA..

This pour was inspired by a video I saw on YouTube by Anne Marie Riderhoff.  These ladies are some of my favorite resin/acrylic artist!  Check their channels out on YouTube..

The colors I used are:
Mica pigments:
Pearl EX antique bronze
Lindy’s Stamp Gang, Teal and brilliant yellow
Acrylic’s:
Golden Fluid’s: Mixed Transparent Pyyrrole Orange & Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Mixed Hansa Yellow Medium & Teal + a little Peebeo Iridescent yellow-green & Dr. Ph Martin Hydras/Ultra Marine Blue
Black was Dr. Ph Martin carbon black
White was Jacquard alcohol ink, Blanco Blanco. Note: this was the first time I have used an alcohol ink with resin and I will have to say it worked great! Laced really well without much heat.

Resin Art Red Blush Roses


Resin art is my new obsession!  I also have a tutorial on YouTube showing my process. I will put a link at the bottom of this post for those who might be interested in seeing how I accomplished this painting. I had to finish up the painting after I turned the video off because it was getting so long. Resin is a very challenging art form in the respect that is wants to do its own thing. It continues to move till it is set up. In that respect it is hard to control the outcome. I am in the early stages of learning how to use the medium effectively. That is one reason I am videoing my journey. Each time I do a painting I learn so much more about how the medium behaves and how I can work with its unique properties to achieve my vision in resin.. I invite you to come along and learn with me.

Acrylic Pour/Squish video.Purple Garden

If you look close you can see that I have started imbellishing some of the flower stalks with a brush and some acrylic paint.

Quick video describing process of acrylic pour/squish . Plan on imbellishing hidden leaves and flowers with acrylic paints. More in detail videos to come.  This is a great way to create exciting back grounds or leave as is for a very unusual piece of art. There are all kinds of opportunitys with this type of art. I would highly recommend trying it for yourself. It is so much fun as well as being a jumping off point into other forms of art. At the least you will have a barrel of fun so give it a go!!

Acrylic Pour Paintings

Hello friends! Update on my latest artist endeavor. I decided I needed to find an art form that used a lot of paint so I could utilize my paint stash. As I was browsing YouTube one night I came across acrylic pouring. I had heard of the art form before but it didn’t catch my interest at the time. When you see all my pictures you will see it caught my interest this time. It is so addictive I can’t wait to see what will come out of the next pour. I want to start filming the process but haven’t taken the time to set up my camera, because I am too busy pouring paint, LOL! Also have the materials to do some resin pours as well. Will post those when I get a bit better at it. With resin you have to work really fast because it dries so fast, and it is expensive, in comparison to acrylic’s. But I won’t let that stop me. Will post more later, but for now got to get out to the art studio and pour some more paint!! LOL!! Also have a garden scene in oil’s I am working on in between pouring paint. Hope to have it finished shortly. That is if I can control my obsession for pouring…have an idea to incorporate my traditional painting with the acrylic pours. Stay tuned for more crazy paintings idea’s.. XOXO’s Barbie

Comment for change to win!! Study #1

Updated image

Cottage by the Lane

Hello my friends, it has been quite a long time since my last post, about 8 months I believe. I haven’t picked up a brush or had time to think of painting since the first of the year when we decided to move from Temple to be closer to our son and grand-daughter. It was quite a challenge at our age to make the move but thank God we have finally settled in and got most of the boxes unpacked. Ken and I finally got my art studio finished ,(I will post some pictures in the next few days) and have gotten most of my art supplies unpacked and somewhat organized. It felt so good to pick up a brush and finally do a painting. This painting is the first of a series of studies one of which I will choose to paint as a mural behind my stove. I would love your input as to which painting is your favorite. I will be painting the mural on 6×6 inch ceramic tiles. I will be doing studies of different subjects in the months to come. I have decided to give away one of these paintings in a drawing. If you would like to have a chance to win just post a comment below or on my Facebook page at Barbie’s Artistic Expression. If your name is chosen you can pick your favorite painting out of the series. The painting below is the first one. I will post each new study as I finish it. You can comment on any of the postings or all of them. Each comment will enter you in the drawing. When I finish the series I will announce when the drawing will be held. When the winner’s name is drawn (I will draw a back-up name as well) I will post it on my blog as well as my Facebook page. It will be left up to the winner to contact me via my email address or contact form on this blog, with their address etc. so I can ship the painting. If I do not hear back from the winner with in a week the painting will go the back up name. So be sure and check my post for the winners name.

After assessing my painting I noticed I needed to adjust some of my values.  Let me know what you think about my changes…XOXO’s

Let me know which one you like best..
Original photo of my painting. Check out my updated photo.
Updated image..comment for chance to win!

Yellow and Pink Roses in Vase

Yellow and Pink roses in vase. Painted on 10×16 140 lb. Arches cotton rag water-color paper. This is a fairly expensive paper I have been saving because I didn’t want to waste it. But I will have to say this paper does make a big difference, especially in the brilliance of the pigment and the way the water-color flows. I will be using this paper for all my paintings in the future. I can’t believe how much difference it made in the work ability of the paint and the finally painting.

Thought I was through:

This is a good example of why you need to look at a painting for a while before you declare it finished.

I thought I was finished till I looked at it for a while.
I thought I was finished till I looked at it for a while.

Here is my final painting.  Look at both of them and see if you like the first one or the last one.  Hopefully it will help you see how small adjustments can make a big difference.

Final adjusted painting
Final adjusted painting

“Garden Party”

16x20 oil on hard board
16×20 oil on hard board

“Garden Party” is composed of my favorite subjects, birds and flowers. Who doesn’t love that! Well maybe I am a bit predacious.. Roses, for me, is a real challenge. Getting them to look realistic without looking stiff. I am always trying to capture the essence of the flower. Each time I paint them I feel I have learned a bit more than the last time I tried, so I am always anxious to start another one in anticipation of improving.

In this painting I was trying to capture the feeling of distance in a rose garden without actually showing a distance plane. As I worked on the painting I began to get bored with all the flowers and foliage so I decided it needed some life. I knew I wanted birds but didn’t know exactly how I wanted to incorporate them into the flower garden. My first thought was a bird bath but after laying it out in my mind I decided that would be too large for the scale of the flowers, so settled on a pot with bird seeds and a group of blue birds enjoying their meal in the shelter of the rose garden, and of course every garden has to have a few ants.

“EVENING FALL’S A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY “

In memory of my son Rob
In memory of my son Rob……

Evening Fall’s a Spiritual Journey, is a painting for my son Rob, who recently died of cancer. I wanted do a painting that represented his spiritual beliefs but didn’t know exactly what subject would be most appropriate.

After his passing his ex-wife and a close friend saw an owl and at the same time a shooting star fell to earth. Both thought how appropriate it was because they were both thinking of Rob when it happened on the same night of Sept. 12th.  The ironic thing is, one lives in South Carolina and the other lives 2000 miles away in Colorado. Neither knew what the other had experienced till they shared their experience with each other at a later date.  Their experience gave me the inspiration for his painting.  I remembered Rob often commented on the owls he saw and the spiritual connection he felt to them.  At that point, I realized, he had sent me a message letting me know exactly what he wanted me to paint!  I began my search on Pinterest, one of my favorite social medium sites,  and soon came across a beautiful piece of artwork by a very talented photographer/artist by the name of Angie, who specializes in Celtic scenes.  It was a perfect representation for his painting.  I wanted to ask permission to use her artwork as inspiration for Rob’s painting so I got busy and sent her an email.  The following is her very gracious reply.

“Hello Barbara,

Thank you for your email and for taking the time to ask permission to use my Artwork for your painting. I am very sorry for your loss and I would be honoured for you to use my work as your inspiration. I have always had a deep spiritual connection with Owls myself and ‘Evening Falls’ is my personal favourite out of all the works I have created so far.

The inspiration behind the image was the song and video by Enya of the same name (Evening Falls)and is about memories and returning home – not necessarily in this life but may be another life or even the other side of this life. It has an other worldly feel to the song and that is what I wanted to capture in the picture – A feeling that the veil between this world and the next is thin and we can connect with those on the other side in our dreams.

The owl was photographed at a Medieval Fair in England and the Window is from a country church in Worcestershire, England. The background and the castle in the mist is Kilchurn Castle on the shores of Loch Awe , Highlands of Scotland.

My Birthday is September 11th – so the shooting star may well have been on my Birthday taking in to account the time difference between the UK and the USA. I like coincidences like that – in fact I don’t believe in coincidences, only messages from the Spirit world.

Please let me see the painting when it is finished. I would like to see it. I hope you feel connected to your Son as you paint it – as I am sure he will not be far from you.
Brightest Blessings to you and your Son looking over you.
Angie Latham
www.celticmystery.co.uk”

Used this for my inspiration.
If you would like to see more of Angie’s  artwork go to her web page at: www.celticmystery.co.uk

One last thing I would like to relate to you before I end this rather long post. I don’t believe in coincidence’s either.  Evening Falls, as you have read in Angie’s email the title of a song by Enya, which was Rob’s favorite artist.  He would listen to her song “Evening Falls” most nights as he went to sleep.  Coincidence or not?? Also, I was talking to my sister on the phone last night and I was explaining to her how I had decided on the subject for Rob’s painting and, quite unexpectedly,  a long multi-colored bar of vibrating light appeared at the bottom of my iPad screen, one I had never seen before, and a bell began to ring?? I was confused as to what kind of message I was getting.  My sister asked what the noise was and I said I don’t know maybe a private message coming in for me but when I went to check I had no new messages from anyone.  I just laughed and said “I guess Rob is letting me know he approve’s……..

 

 

Moments of Joy

Laughter is the best medicine!
Laughter is the best medicine!

“Moments of Joy” was painted in watercolor on a 11×16 cold press cotton rag paper. My intention was to depict the innocence of childhood the carefree moments when life was simple and the most important thing was a good friend to share your laughter with. xoxo’s