Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Playing with Acrylic Inks and texture

Last year Deb Townsend demonstrated how she uses tissue paper and acrylic medium to create interesting textures and patterns on canvas. I was fascinated and recently bought some small canvases to try out the technique for myself.

Once the tissue paper is stuck down and dry, gesso is applied over the top to give a good painting surface and also add more texture. I used acrylic inks to add vibrant colour.

The design is inspired by Deb's original work, but the colours were my own. My son likes it so much he wants it, and two more in different colours for his room!

Spring Forest
8" x 8", acrylic inks and collage on canvas

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A First

Solitary Daisy -
8" x 8" gallery wrapped canvas

This is my first acrylic on canvas, it's so completely different from anything I've done before but I enjoyed it!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shout it from the rooftops

This was painted for the Mindbender challenge on Painting Friends forum, the idea is to take a reference image that is too busy and find an interesting composition within it. The reference was mine, taken in Conwy, North Wales, and this is only a tiny part of the original photo.

About 10 x 14 on Fabriano Artistico rough 140lb

Shout it From the Rooftops -
10x14, watercolours on paper

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Trying new things

It' s sometimes fun to try different methods and media - here's a watercolour on masa paper that I did before Christmas. The crinkled masa paper creates interesting textures and the pigments look more vibrant.

Autumn Gold -
14x10, watercolour on masa paper

Another new year

It's hard to believe another year has passed, where does the time go?

At the moment we are suffering the worst weather I can remember, at least 4 inches of snow (in a country that rarely gets more than 1 inch). I needed to do something to cheer me up, tulips are always cheerful so I dug out a reference photo I took quite a while ago and set to work.

About 12x10, watercolours on Fabriano Artistico extra white CP 14olb paper.

Pink Ladies #2