repairing a stretched canvas, correcting wonky lines, painting an owl over a pour.

Painting is still going slow, with house viewings my stuff keeps getting hidden away in cupboard and I can’t leave wet paintings out. Well, just this one, started as a pour and I wanted to do an owl kind of hiding in the pattern…but it went wrong and the owl took over. Not finished yet but here’s how it evolved.

   the original pour
you can see the shape pulled out of wet paint
blanked the eye shape in and worked on feathers
changed the shape a bit, he was too upright, added a bit more colour
didn’t like the colour added and lost so much of the original pour I mixed up more “barn owl” colours and pours over feathers
still working on those eyes, i’ve been over them so many times, trying to get that trnasparency/wet look eyes have….I pulled out some feather shapes too as the paint was drying. Can’t do more now as there so much wet paint there….I want to get the eyes right – well, better anyway- and work a bit on the white. Its not at all how I intended but that’s nothing usual for me when painting 😉

 

 

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Painting over a failed canvas

I’d got a 16 x 20 deep edge canvas that I didn’t like, and was trying for some valentine paintings. sadly it was another fail so here I’m painting over it.
The first painting had texture medium added in parts, little beads, and the second one had glitter, but I’m just painting straight over it all. I haven’t gessoed as I’m using black, and that’s pretty good at covering. (well, it covers me very well….) If I’d used a lighter colour I probably would have given it a coat r two of gesso or under-paint.
I’m using a plastic insert from some xmas biscuits – like many artists everything gets looked at for possible use before being disposed of and I was hoping the paint would pour in ribbons from this – it did, I’m really pleased with it. I’ve two more, and they could probably take 2-3 goes each before they disintegrate, its quite flimsy plastic.
I picked colours at random, was in the mood for copper and blues. The leftovers got poured into more of the little bottles you can see me using towards the end ( after I did a further 6×6 in canvas) They are so useful, not expensive, found them on amazon and you can squeeze paint under layers with them or get some fine lines. I have 12, need another 12 though, its a great way of having ready mixed bits of paint to hand and saves waste.

Paintings overnight, semi dry.

The 6x6in done with leftovers, and some leftover paint from last week ( the pale pinkish colour)

Update, some dried paintings and a few new ones.

I’ve not written much recently – not painted a lot either. Two reasons, first the weather turning colder means paintings take longer to dry – up to a week as compared to 24-48 days in summer, which meant I ran out of room. The shed is 10 x 12 ft, there’s only so much moving round I can do, with paintings being varnished too…..When I move I want a nice big studio 😉 Second reason is I’ve been decorating indoors, well, helping anyway, hoping to make the house attractive to buyers. You know how it is, you get used to that shabby, tired look, don’t even notice it anymore, then think – will this put people off? So…..picture painting has aken a back seat.

Still, I’ve a few updates, dry pics of the hammer smash flowers and the ones that went with it, and a few new ones from last week and weekend. I really need to get into shed to paint today, feel quite twitchy not having done any for a few days.

using up some leftover fluorescent paints and metallics.

dried hammer smash flowers, not yet varnished.
dried MDF painting from leftovers. sorry about the glare on this and next one.
dried MDF hammer smash where I forgot to level drying area…..so ended up a tilt painting 😉

I have a long thin frame so took out the print, and used it to paint on, supported by the MDf backing. Dreid up AWFUL though, bland and boring. I’d done browns and gold to match new paint in dining room but this had to be a repour. Its always worth seeing fails too though.

no real contrast or drama….
still wet, but this is the failed one now. did an icing bag pour over white. fingers crossed its drying ok, not seen it for a few days…
Same colours as above but the blue seems to show through more, or maybe its just my bad photo skills…. I covered the support in white paint, layered colours in an icing bag, cut off tip and let it run over then titled a little. Another wet painting, will show dry later.
using leftovers, another fail, been re-poured but worth showing as we’re always talking about how many don’t work out in facebook groups 😉
platiung with leftover paints and bits of runoff scraped up. I tip all leftovers and scrapings into a pot each time and when there’s enough I add some ink, or more colour and pour. ~sometimes comes out well- i like this one, and have added some glitter….but often its a mess. I got lucky here and with the next ones as the colours separated quite well and gave some interest. There was only what silicon was in paint to begin, didn’t add extra but did add some black and white to cup.
Leftovers on card for this and the next one. did a few swipes with a pale blue and got these. might do for magnets or something. I just hate wasting paint ….

 

 

couple of 3×3 ins on canvas. Leftover colours and scrapings gone too grey I think but love how i still get some interesting lines.

 

Hammer smash, tries two and three….

After my abysmal fail the other day I’m trying again. Black background this time with a hammer instead of a mallet. I was really pleased at how it turned out and then….put to one side and forgot to check level. Looked over half hour later to find it had all tilted and run. ah well, tilted a bit more and ended up with this.

Third time’s the charm eh? Finally got a decent hammer smash. Used black background and outlined to create flowers shapes.
I have enjoyed this way of moving paint and can see that it can produce some interesting shapes once you get the hang of the technique. I know in future that I need to use minimal colour as the paint splashes a long way and its one of those “less is more” scenarios….

 

I did a second that I turned into flowers by tweaking the paint and pouring an outline of neat paint. Then used leftovers to do a final board. I hate waste so usually do something like that, may come out well, if not it gets repoured 😉

 

Golden Primaries Trial

Golden gave me some samples, among them hansa yellow, pyrrhole red and pthlalo blue. I decided to use these in a negative space painting – and really try to be strict with myself because I fail miserably often with this, using too much colour. Its on a 10 x 8 inch canvas and I’m using little shot cups to mix, total colour for my dirty pour including some white is about 1/3 of a cup – and worked well!
the video shows the process, I’ve premixed the colours, trying to keep it short…usual mix, paint, floetrol, water, silicon. Usually i use 1:1 paint and floetrol but the golden colours are so intense its more like 1 paint to 3 floetrol and could probably go even less. Golden do say their fluid can be diluted 1 to 15 for pouring…..These aren’t fluid but a kind of soft body paint – as in the paint is soft body, not for painting on soft bodies – each to their own though 😉

 

just red, yellow and blue, but I have greens, browns, violets in the final piece.

I also wanted to try a fun challenge, a painting using grey, silver, gold, pink and either white or black. I chose black but TBH it was a disaster. the silver is several years old and as I discovered, gone pretty lumpy. I thought I’d got lumps out but as final work shows I haven’t….

But as always its a learning experience, I would either chose white next time, or a lighter grey, or perhaps less black and grey, have them as accent colours? I might do this again just to see if i can get it better.
I used the run off from both to pour over some rocks for Norfolk Rocks, fun thing where people hide rocks for kids to find…And then the tray with that run off got used for some dips. Some predictably were awful, greyish brown sludge by the end but two came out pretty well.  I bought a few fridge magnets so might cut the best bits and put into them.

colours used plus white

I forgot I did a couple with some new fluorescent paints, ordered a few but so far only got green and yellow – but new paints won’t wait 😉 so used a couple of others and did one dirty pour flip cup, and one just a pour.

sadly lost that fab out-of-cup look.
dirty flip cup pour
same colours but poured from cup along canvas. I didn’t like the centre so poured quite a bit to get rid of it.

Some swipes and some “pull” paintings – or perhaps “push ” might be more accurate…

I’d been pretty fed up of all the fails – downside to experiments is that lots of them Just Don’t Work – and while I expect that, its still frustrating. So I’ve had a few days of back to basics, just paint, floetrol, water and silicon. Done a few dirty pours then Monday I wanted to do a negative one with metallic paints and try to mimic peacock tail colours….sadly the green dominated, I used gold, blue, green, yellow and purple, but though I only had minimal green I think the blue and yellow combined too much and I ended with a green painting. I like it – but its not really what I wanted.
I used a bamboo skewer to pull out some of the edges, and to try to shape some circles in the green and dipped in to add a little more colour. the photo is while its still wet – they’re taking ages to dry lately, outside in my shed.


I had a bit of dark blue and purple left, so I decided to try something on the resin coated paper. I tipped it over a piece of card, dropped in a bit of non diluted gold and cerulean blue, spread round with palette knife and pressed another piece of card over the top, pressing down really firmly. then peeled back card. It reminds me of encaustic painting when I use an iron, where as I lift the iron the wax collects in shapes. I carried on with a couple more bits of card, then decided to try it on two bits of board. I scraped out all the purple and gold I had, squeezed on more of both straight from tube, plus cerulean blue and repeated above process. I did it a few times before I was happy. Not sure what I’ll do with these but it was fun 😉 I couldn’t resits a bit of glitter over them too….

The resin coated card

Still on the metallic theme i tried a swipe yesterday, its on canvas 20 in by 8 in. I poured lines of colour, dark purple divided into two and metallic medium added to one, same with the cerulean blue, a dark blue, magenta, pale pink, and gold, with some oyster pearl added to the pink and magenta. then white at both ends. And…. swipe – I loved the way it was straight away but the pic is about an hour later and somehow the cells lose some of their definition. I think maybe I have too much paint – I’ll try with less and see if that helps.
I’m hoping the metallic shows up more once its dry, and noticed as it was drying that some of the darker colours and the gold were slowly popping through. I like this one even though it wasn’t as crisp as I’d like.
Today the plan is to clean silicon of some dry ones ready for varnishing. and tidy my work space and add fresh paper….no painting, but somehow I think one might just sneak in 😉
I’ve put a recent card one in a frame and its hanging in my kitchen.

 

update on the Golden paints, and what else I’ve painted this week.

now its dry the gold really shows well.

I’m really happy with the fluid paints, the gold and magenta, and the phtlalo blue, incredibly rich colours and i didn’t need to use much paint which of course makes them a lot more economical.

I knew I loved the golden range, have used heavy body ones in the past but thought the way I use paint that these little fluid bottles would be too expensive. they are costly, but given i only needed a little to get the intensity of colour I wanted they’re not as costly as expected. I could probably have used less than I did too.
I find often when acrylics dry not only do they lose that lovely glossy sheen but the colours change, occasionally seem darker but more often lighter, but these were very close to the original colour. ( The gloss can be put back via a varnish when dry BTW) I did add a little of the tube of medium to the black on a black negative painting and it dried with a lovely soft sheen which looks good.

The Goldengold again, plus a bit of the quinacridone magenta from Golden. you can see the sheen on the black, this is dry paint.

Its not all a tube black but some of that mixed with some very dark blue/red/purple run off from another painting. i got quantities wrong and hate waste so decided I’d mix that with some ready made black, a squeeze of the Golden gel medium and use for black negative space. One worked, one wasn’t so good but the black on both came out well.  I haven’t varnished it yet, it will be interesting to see if just one coat brings up the shine, usually i do at least two, probably three before I’m happy. I have done five on one work…Polycrylic minwax is my preferred varnish.
I’ve finally finished a 20 x 20 inch commission, and I’m really pleased. this has the minwax varnish, four coats and is lovely and glossy.

its got tiny dots and seams of frost blue mica, mixed with medium. the medium dries clear leaving just the mica showing
This one is on canvas board, about 20 x 16 I think. I had it the tiniest bit out of level and you can see where the paint moved at the top, but I quite like the way its left slow trails…I had lots of white and nine colours in this. A dirty pour using three cups.
a failed painting over a failed painting and still I wasn’t happy so after swiping, scrpaing and tilting and threw the little leftover bits of paint at it and dropped in some acrylic inks I had lurking in the shed…..and I quite like it now 😉 The first painting I ever sold was a Jackson Pollock inspired one, pre digital photos though so I’ve no pics.
Some leftover paint I scraped up from under the main pic, the canvasboard one above. using those scrapings as the base, with bits of pure colour dropped in to make a dirty pour
negative painting using the golden Magenta