Experimenting with acrylic washes
A wash is simply a little bit of paint mixed with something to make it thinner and more transparent. Mix a little bit of acrylic with a bigger bit of water or extender and you've got an acrylic wash. Okay, so it might be a bit more complicated than that, technically speaking....or is it?
I recently decided to try something new, and decided to try incorporating washes into my paintings. The cityscape above started out like this:
The Other Side - $100
Even though I'm not the best at unique, catchy titles, I am excited to announce a new series of small canvas paintings - all cosmic or space themed. They will range in size from 3" x 3" square, up to 12" x 12" square. At the moment, I have completed several smaller paintings, which are available for sale.
I will be adding more to this new series in the coming weeks, and I hope to have quite a number of original paintings for you to choose from.
I'm sure I'm not the only artist who squeezes out portions of color from his or her collection of paint tubes, only to find that once the painting is finished, there are little mounds of still-usable paint left on the palette. (Of course, by palette, in my case I mean the plastic lid to a cool whip bowl.)
If we're discussing watercolors, the paint is perfectly fine to leave alone until water is added once again. But...what do we do with those little globs of acrylics that will soon be a psychedelic relief map?
I admit to resorting to storing my palette full of still-wet paint in a ziploc bag, which did the trick for a day or so. I think I might have been on to something, but it wasn't exactly perfect...
On a side note, I've been known to make use of even paint spills:
Yes, that watercolor ACEO is from a puddle of watercolor that had gotten spilled on some furniture. (oops!) I hastily used some of it before the rest was wiped up with a rag.
When I last posted, I previewed a piece that was the start of my new series of cityscape art. I'm happy to announce that it is now available in my shop on Etsy, and is titled "Night in the City".
I wanted to create a scene that was lively and bright, and full of twinkling stars and the lights of a busy city late at night, and I think I accomplished that.
I was also hit with a bit of inspiration tonight, and created two ACEOs, which are a continuation of my theme. I decided to have some fun, and incorporated glitter glue into the little paintings along with the acrylics I was using. I'm really pleased with the interest and sparkle the glitter adds to the pieces.
Once I can come up with fitting titles for the both of them, and I take a few photographs of them, I'll have them listed with my other aceos
cityscapes.If you've read my blog at blogspot.com, you've seen my post mentioning that I'm starting a new series of paintings involving
Today I was inspired to do the first of my series: this evening I worked on the first painting, which is a small acrylic cityscape measuring about 6" X 6" in deep blue and green hues, accented with yellows and oranges. The title of the painting is "A Night in the City", and I hope to create many more in this series in the coming weeks.
After a trip to the craft store on Saturday, which usually gets me in the mood to paint, I had the urge to get creative with a few tubes of paint and a few brushes...
Lately, I've wanted to paint things that were either very fantastic or whimsical, or very abstract...
So, today I started not one, but two miniature abstract paintings that I think will end up turning out really nicely.
Besides interesting color combinations and brush strokes that resemble waves, I'll be adding a bit more texture to these little paintings - something that I think might be a part of my creations in the near future.
My newest listing, for instance, is quite textured - with peaks and waves of bright color forming throughout the miniature abstract scene...
So, stay connected, keep an eye on this site and my etsy shop for more unsual, colorful, and imaginative art.
I'm sure I'm not the only artist, amateur or professional, who has struggled with what should be the simplest of tasks: coming up with a title to a painting. And why should this be so ridiculously difficult? I'm sure you would expect that it would be much more difficult to come up with a subject, or even a color scheme, but I actually find it much more of a dilemma to name my finished piece.
I usually like to name my pieces with simple, one or two word titles. Sometimes the titles are somewhat obvious, such as "Red" - a painting of mine which is predominantly red, or "Goldfishy" - a small acrylic of - what else - a bright orange fish. Others are symbolic, representative of the "movement" of the subject or colors, such as "Wind" - with its swirls of color depicting swirling wind. Sometimes it takes a while before I come up with that one "perfect" name for a piece.
My latest painting, shown above, spent nearly a week without a title. I at first focused on the colors - the deep purple, the contrasting yellow and pale lavender-white, or the bright aqua blue. I considered the subject: the island with trees, or the moonlight and stars shining around them, or the vast sea surrounding the little island.
I finally put all obvious clues aside, and just thought of what the elements altogether brought to mind. An island - an isolated island - most likely quiet, secluded. It's surrounded by water, which is a beautiful deep aqua. Trees provide shelter and shade. The moon and stars shine brightly, bathing everything in a soft glowing light. I decided a place like this would be quite an escape - a sanctuary. So, I had finally come up with a title: Sanctuary No. 1.
I think I might add some very slight finishing touches on this painting, but, for the most part, it's finished. I think my favorite combination of colors in this palette has to be the turquoise and purple, although I do love the contrast of that nearly-white lavender color.
I hope to have the completed work photographed and in my shop sometime next week. Be sure to look for it along with my other art!
Last night, at least for a little while, I was able to continue on my painting. I added more to the background, which included a large, pale lavender moon (is that lavender? maybe lilac? heh heh whatever it is I like the color in this case). I stopped for a little while and tended to a few things around the house while I contemplated just what should be in the foreground, and decided on a little floating island. I'm pleased with the way the island itself and the trees contrast with the background. I think after just a few small additions this painting will be finished and ready to list in my shop. :)