a 30 x 30 inch canvas, largest pour yet

 

This is my largest painting so far at 30 x 30 inches. I made sure the wooden bits for tightening canvas were secure but paint still slide over to the middle 😦  Next time I’ll use stiff card underneath to support, and maybe less paint.
I love doing big works but aside from expensive to do by way of canvas and paint/medium needed costing ££’s, its also space consuming. They take longer to dry and use up so much space that I can’t do more painting for several days until they’re dry enough to move out of the way to finish curing.

I picked colours at random, mixed as usual and layered into jug, then poured a la ring pour style. There was so much paint and the canvas was so heavy though that I tilted too much, trying to balance on one corner, and I lost my rings. Next time I’ll use less paint – sod’s law i usually have reverse issue – and get some help to tilt slowly.
It was fun though, I learned a lot from it. This has had one coat minwax varnish and is hanging in my bedroom. I’m not totally happy with it though, so may add something by way of brush painting a feature on it. I’m just not sure what yet. sometimes after living with a work for a while inspiration suddenly strikes, but for this one I’m still waiting!
I’ve given a couple of close ups showing some details below, the gold looks far better in reality than on pc screen. Its always difficult to show metallic paint onscreen I find.

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some resin finish, some liquitex varnish finish, reworking a fail and a long drip pour.

Last couple of weeks I’ve sneaked some painting in, between house views and tidying for views. most of the stuff I brought in from shed/studio as its too cold to paint there has been hidden away in a big cupboard. I keep sneaking bits out to quick paint though…yesterday I had a finishing day on some that were now ready and cured. I did resin on three, I’m improving, one came out perfectly but other two will need second coat because of holes. I washed all three thoroughly first with fairy, the one that’s perfect had no silicone, but the others only had a little, and the northern lights inspired one has a coat of polycrylic varnish over which i thought would have stopped any holes…Ah well, a second coat tomorrow maybe. I do love resin finish and even though these aren’t perfect I keep sneaking back for a second look. I taped the edges and base with masking tape before pouring resin, then pulled it off about four hours later in case it stuck on and i couldn’t remove it 😉 and the edges were the best I’ve done so far so will do that again. The other four had Liquitex varnish, I do like the rich shine that gives but its prob spirit based as it smells strongly and the brush is a b!tch to clean after….
The three resin pics, first one is perfect but the other two….

see the holes? I wonder if maybe i didn’t have enough resin on, if more would have worked? Or if its just a silicon residue?

Worked more on the owl too, he * might * be finished…who knows?

 

I’ve some I want to add more too once dry, this one started as flowers, was a fail so got swiped. The added more black and white and swiped again, a few times in fact til I got this. Its going to be some kind of rain scene, maybe trees or rocks.

this one was not quite right in centre, and I came back about an hour of so after pouring and it annoyed me so I swiped down centre with a spatula. as it had begun to dry it didn’t go how i wanted but did look like a waterfall. well waterfall- ish 😉 So when it was dry i poured either side to create rocks, added a little pure colour on edges, and did some swiping to create flat areas. I’m a bit stuck now so I need to keep looking and have a think. I don’t really want to add in green for grass, maybe just some silhouette grasses and a coupe of branches? Dunno yet…

I’m stuck on this, it looks a bit like a big wave but I really don’t know what to do with it now…It’ll come.

long drip pour, i made a hole on pot then hung it over canvas and let it drip, did a little tilting to manipulate paint to where i wanted it but not much.

This is just 3x3inches. I was trying to create a geode effect. I like it, but seem to be in a minority!

 

 

 

 

 

These have the liquitex varnish, shines more than my usual polycrylic gloss but the smell…as i was using resin I decided I’d do all the pongy stuff at once.

 

see how shiny it is. though not sure I like this pic, i was playing with colour and lines and might have overdone it!

Art challenge, swipe using black and three blues.

Challenge from one of the facebook groups, a swipe using no white, just black and three blues.

 

 

First one was fine but as usual i had paint leftover so I used it for another painting but…didn’t really have enough paint, didn’t like the results after swiping a couple of times so did a quick mix of folkart extreme glitter paint – I love that stuff. then swiped from centre and left it to dry.

The dry but unvarnished works look like this, I might resin the one with the glitter paint, you can’t really see but it looks fabulous ( for bling addicts like me anyway!)
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can you see the sparkle more with the flash? Its a beautiful mainly iridescent green.

I’ve had another play with resin too, getting better….I used the artresin this time, a 1:1 mix. Easier to get right than the 1:50 cheaper stuff…
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working and reworking – AKA messing up and recovery!

I had an idea yesterday so tried it on a couple of 3 x 3 canvasses, liked parts, but where the cad red, cerulean blue and pthlalo green had mixed I had a grim murky kind of pink that was awful. Happens when trying new combo’s so a bit of reworking was in order. I figure if I don’t like a painting as it is there’s nothing to lose by trying to change it. Usually my first try is a swipe with maybe an additional colours(s) added but I wanted to make sure i covered the murkiness so poured colours on neat and tilted. I had yet another kind of silicon to try, a 3 in 1 spray.

You can see bits of the Murk in the next two, couldn’t cover it all.

Must have had more pthlalo green in this one.

I did a 4×4 in one too where i used more yellow and got some fab greens. Still got The Murk in top right corner.

Of course the real test is can I reproduce this effect or is it just a lucky accident!! I’d just finished when Nathan and Chris arrived, and he wanted to video himself painting for his youtube channel – I’ll link it when he has uploaded it. He’d been watching someone paint with 2 parts pva 1 part water, then add paint and thin if necessary. Used silicon too. I’ve just bought some elmers glue-all, finding the two UK pvas I tried simply cracked. I tried a few days ago with an elmers/floetrol mix but this is first pure elmers and the thinning it with water then adding paint is backward to what i usually do so its going to be fun seeing how it dries. I suspect elmers here in uk won’t work out any cheaper than floetrol 😦 I haven’t done a calc yet but its good to have another tool in the arsenal for painting.

Nathan’s latest painting. 10 x 8ins. Kids are going through my canvasses at a rate of knots!!

I “won” some fluid acrylics on ebay….Folk Art so will be playing with them next week t see how they compare to my usual heavy body acrylics. .

 

 

Latest plays, some bright cells,

I’ve had a few disasters, downside of trying new things, some work, some don’t, so decided to stick with my tried and trusted mix, but see if I can get cells with more than one colour deliberately, I’ve had it happen accidentally, but wondered if I could influence the process.
Did a small one first, this is 4 x 4 inches 
Then I moved to a larger canvas, 6 x 18 ins I think. I’m pleased with this one but the second didn’t come right, and I swiped too many times, making the colours join and just become too orange, no contrast . One for painting over later 😉 There’s a video of this one at the end of this post. Sorry, you get a bit of me upside down at the end, didn’t switch tablet off properly….oops!  too much swiping blended the colours and lost any contrast. Here;s the fails, I tried swiping with pink, didn’t like the result but that could just be my colour choices. I swiped with matallic blue on one last week and liked that.

I’m still thinking over this one, whether to keep or repaint. Its not what I was after but I quite like the subtle effects and soft colours. Its another 6 x 18 in canvas

Video for the bright 6 x 18 painting.

two big fails, two possibles, and finally think I’ve found what works(ish) with housepaint. .

well, Saturday saw me using black, white, red, yellow as Nathan did so well earlier in the week. Too much black though, and on the rectangular one I ended up swiping over with acetate. Both are just awful so will be base for incarnation two….

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Sunday I tried again, first one had more colour than I wanted but…maybe it’ll grow on me, second was disaster, tilted too much and colours just ran together. Added more colours dotted over and swiped with spatula, better but still not good, so added white to each end and swiped with acetate. Still hated it so scraped off and tried again with what paint was left. still ended up swiping with acetate. I quite like the grey lacing effect but overall its one that I need to think about. Might end up keeping both , might just paint over 😉 You know how it goes, sometimes there’s a run of unsuccessful paintings. these had liquitex PM, but I think it was simply user error, paints wrong selection, too heavy handed, too much colour, too thickly applied, too much fiddling. All and any of those.

My experiment with just water and dulux seems to have worked, there’s a little splitting but none of the cracking when i used it with floetrol or LPM. I think though I’m sticking with artist white, use the dulux for priming canvas and wood. and maybe in the house if i need it….

section of painting showing splits, but these look as though they mean to be there, where the cracks don’t.

experimenting with housepaint instead of artists white

the painting is awful, but the purpose was to test the housepaint and I’m happy with its performance. Wondering now if I might try a few housepaint colours, test pots maybe? I wouldn’t use them for the more expensive works but these are around £20-40 so I think its fine. I think they’re the kind of paintings people want to go with decor more than falling in love with a subject and wanting to keep it years.
this is closer to what I want, the white looks yellowish but dries up bright white. still a bit too much colour for what I was aiming and I only used two ting pots dark blue, like a prussian, and alizarin red.

I saw Dulux matt white was on offer on Amazon – or maybe just a mistake and I got lucky – at £10 for five litres. Given the W&N or R&L artists white i usually use is around £10 -14 for 500 ml that would make a great saving, especially the way I go through paints….I figured if it didn’t work i’d have paint ready next time we need to decorate.

I wanted to see if it gave the same kind of results. TBH this pic Nathan (grandson no 3) and I did came out pretty horrible but the paint was fine, and this morning looks the same as any with artists white. Rather than keep opening a big tub though and risking it drying, plus getting dirt in I’m planning to pour some into a smaller tub. In fact I might use an old floetrol container and premix to the right consistency ready to paint. That would save time and be handy for those times when i find i’m a tiny bit too short of paint and do a rapid quick mix to finish!
Not happy with the first pic I tried again later last night and this one is much better. I can see the paint that isn’t yet dry has a yellow/cream tint but the dry areas don#t show it and the earlier one is fine so I think that’s just a quirk that won’t show in final pic.
I was originally aiming for negative image in the video but as usual things went wrong. I mixed up van dyke brown, orange, burnt sienna and some gold mica and the white of course but I’d too much colour and Nathan didn’t like the white area so we tilted, added, swiped and finally ran a sheet of acetate over the whole thing. That’s not on the video, did it after filming….NB: Both are pre-used and gessoed canvasses. I hate waste. The brown one with probably get reused again!

I am trying to cut down video size, but somehow seem to be failing so far….I’ll try harder, promise, til then there’s always FF button 😉

Today’s plan is sunflowers. I’ve some fab ones in the kitchen, and I wondered if I could paint them but in a kind of abstract way with this pouring/blowing method of paint manipulation. I like a challenge!

 

Edit: this took a long while to dry, and yesterday I noticed lots of cracking. that’s only happened to me before when i used PVA glue instead of floetrol. It may be that I need more floetrol, it may be that its housepaint instead of my usual artists white or – and I think this is the cause – it may be that the white was too thick, I do have issues with consistency and looking at vid and remembering it was quite thick, didn’t really flow well. I’ve got a couple of others drying that have the housepaint white and a floetrol ratio same as this, but where paint is thinner so when they dry that should tell me if I’m right and its that paint was too thick, or if its actually the lower floetrol. I might try two small ones, just pour the white as a thin and thick mix and see how they dry. I think that would show me a definite cause.
Edit 2: Tried thinner paint in case paint was too thick, tried adding PVA as some discussions suggest, but I still get cracking, though a different cracking with the PVA, kind of wider, more like a separation of paint than a crack. I’m going to use what I’ve premixed but think I’ll stick to artists white, and use the dulux as a gesso, or for the house walls!