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

Best Friends

My grand-daughter and her best friend
My grand-daughter and her best friend

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Close up of horse in water-color
Close up of horse in water-color

Water-color painting “Best Friends” is complete. It’s not the best likeness of my grand-daughter but at least I did salvage it. The real challenge came when I tried to paint her lips and chin, they were so small I had to use my smallest brush and just put dots of paint in numerous layers. The horse was a breeze in comparison to the girl. As I was attempting to get her lips and chin painted correctly, the paper started rolling up, I think I must have used too much water. I thought I was going to have to chunk it for sure. But I hate to give up on anything so I decided I would try to figure out a way to fix it. I thought maybe I could try to seal her face with an acrylic medium and scrape the raised up paper off, and much to my surprise, it worked. I wanted to try to get the effect of water-color using acrylic’s but since I had used the acrylic medium it wouldn’t take the watered down paint. So by this time I was getting pretty frustrated with the whole thing and considered cutting the girl off to try to save the horse part of the painting. Again I had to make a choice to either keep trying to get her painted to some degree of acceptance, or give up and cut her off. So as you can see I chose to continue with my learning process. This experience taught me several things, never try to paint such a small face and never give up. Even though it didn’t come out as well as I wanted it to, it did teach me that there is always a way to fix a problem, if you just keep trying, and the bonus is you learn a lot in the process which will help you become a better artist. For me that is my real goal. My plan for this painting is have a copy made in a smaller size so it will fit into my fabric art journal. My message on this post is perseverance will pay off!!

Extreme Portrait

My extreme portrait
My extreme portrait

I am taking a class from  Jodi Ohl called “Extreme Portraits”.  This is one of the lessons from that class.  I tried to show all the stages of painting a portrait so you could see how a portrait progress. First of all let me explain the process of the beginning wash. I always start with a sketch. After I get my sketch done I transfer it to my sub-straight. I usually us white transfer paper. Then I use my water-color pencils to outline the sketch. My pencils of choice are Derwent. After that I take a water-color brush and drag the color to the face. At this point I am just trying to get rid of the white area so I can start the painting process. It also helps me to see where I want to add shadows and highlights. After that is done I begin adding my darkest darks and my mid-tones. Just trying to get the shape of the face and shadow of eye sockets, mouth and nose. Then I start refining the facial features. I did her in acrylics and finished her off with some Liquitex ink. I have found the inks make a really nice glaze when mixed with a glazing medium. If you are wondering why I put the turquoise on her face. It was our lesson to add unusual colors to our portraits. I have been having a really hard time doing this in fact this is the first one I have had the guts to put the color on her face. I worked so hard on her to get her just right, which is what you are supposed to do, then to put the color on is scary to say the least. I tried on an earlier one and just about ruined her to the point of no return, LOL, but I salvaged her in the end, so you can see why I was scared to try it again! At any rate I just jumped in and went for it and I will have to say it was very liberating. In order to grow you have to be fearless and be brave, as Jodi says, and she was right. I want to become looser with my portraits and I believe this has really helped me to loosen up. So what did I learn? In art it is all about being you and not worrying about right and wrong rules.. Just do your thing, not only in art but in life as well..XOXO

 

Mixed Media Poppies

Poppies on Canvas I have always loved poppies! I was watching one of Donna Downey’s art journal YouTube video’s one day and she was using one of her poppy stamps to create a journal page and I decided to try it myself. But instead of stamping the poppies I decided to paint them.

I started out on a gessoed canvas with Montana’s paint sticks, pastel light blue, yellow, pink and green. Just started punching the tips down on the canvas and letting the paint go where it wanted to go. Let the paint dry for a day or two. The paint was pretty thick. Then I decided I would try using some Pan Pastels, so off I went with the pastels. I liked what was going on but needed a punch of color but before I could add paint to the canvas I had to seal the Pan Pastels, I used a Gelli Plate which I painted a thin coat of Gel Medium on and stamped the canvas. It works great, no smearing!! Unfortunately I had managed to make the once brightly colored canvas boring. I had used Distress paint before and it worked out well so I decided to go for it and began pulling out some of my favorite colors. As I was spreading the paint I remembered I had, quite by accident, used the Distress paint on a canvas and then used a stencil with Matt Gel Medium and surprisingly the medium took on the color of the Distress paint! What a happy accident! One thing to remember when you use this technique is to let the medium dry completely. Now I was satisfied with the back ground and moved on to painting the poppies. After I got the poppies finished, I added some drips for the stems, did some doodling with Faber-Castel pitt pen in black, fine tip and the Uni-ball white gel pen. Finally did some ink spatters and called it done. I now see some things I would like to change, if I do I will post the new updated picture along with the techniques I used. Hope this inspires you to try your hand at painting poppies…