This is a mural I painted very quickly (which you can probably tell). I didn't draw anything. I just started painting (which you can also probably tell). I wanted it to be very loose. It's the loosest thing I've ever painted, I think. It looks like the windows are curving uphill but that's just from this being a bad photo. This was done in acrylics. I think I like acrylics best when I'm using them on murals.
Here's another painting for the virtual paintout which is in Hawaii this month. I know painting a picture of a road and tunnel is kind of weird but this brings back memories for me. I used to visit a friend that lives on Oahu and her home was on the opposite side of the island from Honolulu and to get there, we always went over the Pali Highway. I remember these tunnels so well and the beauty of the mountains. When I was virtually traveling through google street maps and found this scene, I knew I had found my spot to paint.
Image Size 8" x 10"
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This is just a quick pastel study for the June Virtual Paintout. I made a goal back in October of last year to do a painting each month for this challenge. I didn't get around to doing one in May and I'm really mad at myself. I should probably have waited til Monday to post this because I still haven't done my weekly painting but I'm going to be optimistic and hope that somehow I will finish one by then. Pushing myself is always a good way to get things done and I usually do work better under pressure.
Here is the finished painting of the WIP I posted a couple of months ago. It has taken much longer than I thought it would and it's been a real journey. I didn't have a plan when I started this painting. I poured paint in that abstract shape that's on top of the fish and then tried to find my way. It's been fun and frustrating but I'm happy with the outcome. It's a bit weird but I think it's fun to stray from the norm every now and then.
The paper I used for this painting is one that I bought several years ago but never wanted to try because I was afraid that it would be unpredictable. For this project, it seemed perfect. It is called St Armand and it is a handmade paper, I believe. It has a wonderful texture and accepted the paint really well. Paints with a lot of sediment are my favorites and this paper really showed their beauty. The photo doesn't show the texture but in real life, it's really neat.
Fish and Flotsam
Image size 22" x 30"
I forgot about this mural I did about 10 years ago. This is actually my first mural. The other mural that I posted that I said was my first was the first one I had done with regular paint. This is a tile mural. It is painted with china paints (like you see on decorative porcelain plates, tea cups, etc.) then fired. Each tile has been fired 4 to 5 times. The paints (which have an oily consistancy) are painted onto glazed tiles so it is a slick paint on a slick surface. People that are good at china painting can build up the color easily but as I tried to darken the colors, the previous paint would lift off unless it was made permanent by firing. This was a major undertaking which took 4 months of working on it every day. Since I find painting more fun than drawing, I would draw a few rows of the design and then paint the tiles. Then I drew a few more rows and painted some more. That kept me from getting bored.
I painted this when I was really into delicate flowers and softer colors. Below are a couple of close-ups.
This week is the 2 year anniversary of when I began posting a painting each week. I know that's not much of an accomplishment when you compare it to all of the artists that post a painting every day but for me, who used to paint maybe 8-10 paintings a year, it's a pretty big deal. I've been having so much fun being more involved with art and blogging. I have met so many nice people and incredible artists on the internet. I've even met a couple of them in person. Making art a focal point in my life has made me a better artist. I have learned so much. Of course not every painting has been a success but I have probably learn the most from the ones that I like the least. Some weeks have been a little stressful as my self imposed Monday deadline has drawn near with no finished painting in sight but I've been able to pull it off. I haven't missed a Monday yet -- even when I was out of town.
This is a pastel of a photo I took in Mexico. When I saw this scene, I had a really strong sense of deja vu. My mom was from Alabama and this reminded me so much of my visits there, it was really strange. I'm not sure why it would remind me of that area because Mexico doesn't have the red clay earth or the type of trees that are in Alabama. It was probably just the dirt road that seemed familiar. Anyway, it brought back happy memories of a beautiful place.
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