Now. I have, in true multi-tasking-working-mom style managed to squeeze a little painting in today in odd minutes, and you are about to see what I accomplished.
First of all, this one is at the I-think-maybe-it's-finished-but-I'm-not-completely-happy stage, so it's having in the wall while I contemplate it.
The one below is a piece I started a long time ago, and gave up on. The paper is lovely heavily textured handmade paper, and I have glued on all sorts of bits and pieces including modified coasters that make up the Sagrada Familia....I just didn't like it though, so it became an experimental piece...
This is what I did. First I painted a mossy green all over it, roughly. It soaked up SO much paint it was unreal.....I wondered if it would ever dry....then I put all sorts of things on the surface, it is very busy now, but I am viewing it as under painting so I am not concerned.
The gray splotches I put on with a balloon, I kid you not, I partially inflated it, dipped it in the paint and smodged it on....and I painted on streaks of a darker blue-green, as well as dots of yellow to give it some lift....I like the result, but it is going to change a WHOLE lot before it is done. I want to maintain the textural nature of it all though. You can get an idea of the size from the chairs at the edge of the photo...
This nest one continues to not really inspire me, I am doing it for the course, which I am having a lot of trouble viewing, but we are getting along. I was supposed to use stamps and stencils, but I don't have any so I used a bit of this and a bit of that and painted a bit as well. I am going to do some more before I put it up on the site for the class. I am not really thrilled with this, but if I view it all as background....
The painting with the frame in it got some more interest put into the background, though as I look at the photo it needs some spots that are darker, plus I worked on the inside of the frame as well, I like how that went.
I don't know if you remember, but I said I was going to go off and do some little obedient ones, then they didn't turn out little, or obedient (sort of like my kids?) This is what happened. See the pen off to one side? They aren't little and they are a five-in-one job. What was I thinking? I'm actually having fun with these too, I put depth into the background with palette knives, my fingers, a swirly metal bookmark, deep coats of textured paint, and weeds from the terrace dipped in paint as well. Those gave a nice effect. These to are going to change quite a bit before they are done.
I have also (possibly insanely) started a five piece set, that is nothing but plain backgrounds right now, the squares(ish) really are smaller, probably 7 by 7 inches...guestimating wildly here....but I have what I think will be a neat idea for them.
So that's it for today...I am thinking I'm going to go see a gallery soon, just because I can...one of my students recommended that I go and see paintings by Joaquin Mir, which if it were earlier I would give you a link for, but you too can go to Google images and look him up. He was a Catalan painter, and she admires him a lot. I can see the influence in her work as well. I like the vibrant colours...I may go off to a gallery and have a look.
Hope you had a great day,