Have you ever been inspired by another persons artwork or something you see on the television? This next piece, Tangled Up In Blue, has its’ roots from a satirical political tv show. Behind the desk of the star is a projected abstract image all in blues. I was fixated on the artwork trying to figure out if it was watercolor or acrylic based. Various opacities of blues in circles and swatched grabbed my attention four nights a week. What started as an action to get that image out of my head became something else entirely.
Inspiration takes on a life of its’ own when acted upon. However, I did start out as trying to mimic what I saw on the tv. Using acrylics, I heavily watered down a base blue to start. And that is when the painting and my muse, decided to go off on another project all together.
Sometimes colors effect the direction of what I paint next. I loved the water vibe I got from the first blue wash but didn’t want to go in that direction. I needed more “hardness” with layers of blue and a shock of something else. This really got me thinking about opposites pulling on each other.
As I continued adding layers of darker and darker blues, my Neanderthal cave painting women, who lives inside of me took over. The blue washes become darker and I felt I needed to drag color out of the painting using the hard edge of a small piece of linoleum. Fluidity came back to me and I added waves of blue and black to the left of the painting. What was missing was the message my sub conscience was trying to put forth. The Yin Yang symbol tied it all together.
I very much feel I followed that inner voice and I’m quite pleased with the results. Below is a sample of this piece and is available from my Lasgalen Arts Rebdubble shop. Shown below are 1″ acrylic blocks suitable for home or office.
The Popping Poppies painting was a revisit to the first paint medium I’d ever used 20+ years ago. Taking out old watercolor paints was like visiting old friends. I was emotionally attached to my Windsor and Newton’s metal tubes of Manganese Blue and Davey’s Gray. Many of the tubes were rolled up so tight there was no paint to be extracted from them. Most of the paints were too old to salvage and I regretfully had to throw them away.
However, I did have new fresh paints waiting in the wings. Not as high quality of as the old paint but a good middle of the road variety from Michaels called Artists Loft. There was a project I had in mind so I began by creating a green and yellow wash.
I had started the painting while outside we were experiencing a blizzard. The colors of spring were on my mind and knew painting popping colors would be good for the soul that day. Poppies are one of my favorite flowers. And if you’ve ever read any of this blog you know they have been the topic of painting before. Just use the Search box on the top right of the sidebar to find those posts.
The next step was to add black lines to this painting to create abstract definitions of leaves, flowers and buds. Full disclosure I used an extra fine point Sharpie. Yeah, pretty professional don’t you think? lol Truth is, I like Sharpies and just my luck I had an extra fine in black.
I’m pretty pleased on the results. I created a small run of products for my Lasgalen Arts RedBubble Store. Below is the link to a small collection of customized gifts to share.
Today’s painting is a tribute entitled A Life Remembered. This past weekend our family lost our longest living member. At this point I am at a loss for words. A blog post is not what I want to be doing at the moment. However, this painting is directly related to that loss. A Life Remembered is an abstract cross section of a white calla lily. The lush green and blue background is a color I felt safe inside. The bright white petal of the flower is the brilliance of the family members spirit and soft glowing pale yellow is his soul. The flame, or stamen, found inside is the spire of fire, the life shown from inside out. Thin orange, red and blue shows the intensity of his life form.
His was not a fleeting life but one of lengthy service to others. He will be missed dearly.
I had another art dream and this time it brought me to the latest blue and white dots project. As regular readers who will know, I receive many art projects via dreams. These art dreams chase me down nightly until I actually put them in action.
The original dream was quite psychedelic. It was like being in and Austin Powers movie party scene. The blue and white concentrical rings sunk into the middle of a circle over and over till I became dizzy. By the third night I said, “Enough!”. Thus the blue and white dots project was born.
I have plans for this blue and white dots project. I think I’ll drive myself further crazy by making a pattern of them.
Be The Water was inspired by the iconic Kung Fu master Bruce Lee. Though I’ve never seen a Bruce Lee movie, I was taken by his style and charisma with a video I saw on YouTube. In this video he speaks of how water is formless. When you put water in a glass it becomes the glass. I’ll let his own words tell you.
As you know I enjoy abstract and water is easily created conveyed with fluid brush strokes. Blending long sweeps of greens, yellows and white to give the impression of flowing water. The paint was acrylic and I wanted to give a modern feel and added the words “be the water”, a play on Bruce Lee’s own words.
Tossing the camera can net some interesting results. This method of capturing an abstract world on your digital camera is not for the faint of heart. I first learned this technique over ten years ago when I used a compact Canon SureShot for taking pictures.
The key word is “compact” as it stands to reason you’d never want to do this with a SLR with detachable lenses. The older compact cameras have some heft to them. In order to try and control some of the blur you’ll need a camera that can spin in the air and be easy to catch.
The process is fairly easy. Because you are creating motion blur you will need to set your camera’s shutter speed to be slower than you’d expect. If possible start with 1/500 S (that’s one five hundredth of a second). If there is not enough blue, you can vary the shutter speed for different effects. If you find your photos are too dark, make sure your f stops (or aperture) is set to let in more light. Rule of thumb, the lower the aperture number the more light can enter the camera.
So now it’s time to toss your camera.
First set your shutter speed and aperture
Press the shutter release
Toss the camera in any safe method you choose
Catch it before it hits the ground
Because this is an experimental process to taking abstract photos, the results are endless. Have fun!
She Loved Red Poppies is a new venture for me. As someone who is trying to find her voice using paint the outcomes are varied indeed. This particular piece was inspired by a memory and my use of abstract was the backdrop. The background of colorful brush strokes was a twenty minute exercise in combining colors quickly and heavily. The beginning process for this process is explained in the post entitled When One Thing Becomes Another.
As you can see within that first post the colors were quite bright, brighter than what I had envisioned the final painting to look like. Taking sandpaper from my husbands workbench, I gently sanded down the gloss of the acrylic paint. My reasoning to dull down the background was the poppies would shine and stand out from the painting.
I think my trick with the sandpaper worked. And enjoyed working on this painting very much. I have been thinking of similar paintings but of course, you never know where my inspiration comes from.
You have to be flexible when one thing becomes another, it is so with any kind of art form. Rarely I look at my painting and say to myself, “it is finished.” But today was different as I found out with help from friends.
I also had decided to record the process of this work. I’ve always enjoyed to see how the work progresses in stages with images. There are no trade secrets to reveal so I grabbed my iPod and snapped a few shots.
Today I had a plan in my head for a new acrylic painting. My goal was to paint the background first in the morning.. I envisioned a distressed yet colorful work with red, orange, yellow and white. I started with an 8″ x 8″ stretched canvas and within 20 minutes had completed what I hoped would be the background.
Though this was a good start to the project, the painting lacked a certain punch. Taking a leap of faith I added a deep purple using a drier brush to get that “dragged paintbrush” look.
I decided to share the projects progression with friends on Facebook. There were a lot of friends who enjoyed the then unfinished piece. One friend even gave it a name, Waterfall In Summer. Many thought it was finished and said so. Who am I to argue with them?
This painting is still evolving. My original vision is still unfinished and when one thing becomes another, it is worth sticking around to see how it will end.
I’ve been inspired as of late by the simple lines and blended colors of minimalism. The bold colors and shapes of Piet Mondrian or the subtle color changes of Georg Gundi’s landscapes, captures my attention and inspires me to paint.
As I always try to paint what I see or dream. My latest endeavor Fog Over The Ocean is an experience I had first hand. While on a fishing trip off the East coast in the Atlantic, a fine day changed before our eyes. A wall of fog traveling East to West moving at an incredible rate over took our fishing boat. The ocean became a deep washboard, undulating our boat in awkward positions as we rode the strange fog storm out.
I’ve tried to capture the deep blue and sea greens in blended paint for the ocean. The gray sky as well as the ocean has a light wash of white to create the “fog” portion of the painting. I’m quite please with Fog Over The Ocean was completed.