Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spilled Paint

Ever open a tube of paint, only to have about half the tube come squirting out.  Well,  I have, just a couple weeks ago, Old Holland cad. orange.  But I did not let it go to waste....
Pale Ride, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 inches.  the orange adds a warm glow to this painting.
This is one of the finished paintings from that accident.  After the paint plopped out on to my palette and hands, I grabbed several blank canvases and starting priming them with the orange.  Mixing a little clear gesso with acrylic makes a fine base to paint over with either acrylic or oil paint.

2 of 6 canvas that got primed with the orange acrylic and gesso.
Some I added more color and some modeling paste and really had fun.
Just because the canvas starts out very orange, often the painting only shows a bit of that orange.
16 x 20 inches

While other paintings I let the orange show in all it's glory :)

16 x 8 inches oil Middle of the Pine

16 x 8 inches Right of the Middle

16 x 8 inches Left of the Middle
So to make a long story short.....never waste your paint :)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Art Learning from Others

Oil 14 x 11 inches Fall Study 1
A Simple post today, with a quote from Tad Spurgeon:

       "A painting is fundamentally a dynamic composition of monochrome values executed in color. If the composition doesn't work in monochrome, the addition of color, however sublime or inspired, will not solve it."

Think that simple line says volumes.  Just something to think about.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Good news

Pastel Wave, acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
Just had to share some good news.  I got a painting accepted into the online show for the International  Society of Acrylic Painters!  The painting did not get an award but hey it got in and I am happy.

I have entered contests and shows for major groups before, and nothing came of it.  This year I thought I am finished with that, but changed my mind and gave it one more try.  I guess persistence
 pays off sometimes.