Abstract on paper – group

These are experiments with resists (vaseline), inks, layering

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“Hedgerow”

Mixed media paper  – small

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“Coral”

Acrylic paper – A3 size

This one was an experiment using printing technique – so the paint is applied on another surface, then lifted off with waxpaper or foil and then printed onto the paper that I’m using for the composition.

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“Field 2”

Acrylic paper – A3 size

 

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Reworked “Tree”

Mixed media paper – small

Used to look like this:

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Abstract on paper – small

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“Orange hills and grasses”

10½” x 7½”

Acrylic, gels, paste, grit, sand, inks on mixed-media paper.

I tried a few larger pieces this week on the A3 acrylic paper but I wasn’t happy with them, so then I fiddled about with this small piece. Also not really happy with it but thought I’d stick it up here for reference purposes.

 

Abstract on paper series – larger A3 size – 1

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“Dune”

Fine sand/grit, bonding agent, acrylics, irridescent medium, gloss medium, various metallics on 140lb A3 size acid free Acrylic paper

Actual size of painting:   14½” x 9¾”

Close ups of texture detail.

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There is a slight buckling of the finished work, mainly because it was not completely dry when I took the photos.  I am weighting it under pressure at the moment, so that it cures completely flat.  This is the first time I’ve worked on acrylic paper, I’m not sure about it yet – although I can already tell that it is much stronger than the multi-media paper and I like the fact that it has a linen type grain, which is enjoyable to work on.  I used gesso as primer before starting the work and many layers, using gloss medium and irridescent medium in between to set the layers properly.  I’m not 100% happy with the composition but I didn’t want to overwork it so that the colours remained fresh. I tried to evoke a feeling of lazy, hot sunny days near the sea in summer.

Abstract on paper series – 3

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“A little bit of sea”

Fine sand/grit, bonding agent, acrylics, irridescent medium, metallics on watercolour paper 300grams Grain Fin Cold Pressed NOT Acid Free

9¾” x 6¼” (Actual paper size is 11.7″ x 8.3″)

Close up of texture detail.

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Abstract on paper series – 1

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Untitled – study.

Acrylics, gel medium, metallics on mixed-media paper (250gm/169lb)

Approximately 12″ x 8″

Close up of texture detail.

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I have been watching a lot of videos by the German artist, Gerda Lipski and was inspired by her to try layering with acrylics on paper today.   This is not something I normally do – because I don’t trust the nature of paper to stay strong during the layering process!  Anyway, thanks to some of the tips that Gerda gives on her YouTube channel, I figured it out and now I’m having fun layering on paper for a change!  Need to get some more acrylic medium though, as I’ve run out – so had to use heavy gel medium on this piece, which explains why I ended up with a bit more texture in the middle than I thought I would. 🙂

Again, thanks for stopping by.

New practice piece – Watercolour

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‘Mare and foal, Perth fly fishing lake, Drakensberg’

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour paper – 140lbs Cold Pressed/NOT – Grain Fin

12 x 9″

From my own reference photo.

I am trying to do various types of studies at the moment, to practice light on water and light on the ground. I think I achieved that with this little piece – it’s very difficult to restrain yourself from overpainting and overworking the surface when you are using watercolours, after working in the abstract using acrylics and heavy texture for such a long time as I have been doing.  I’ve deliberately left out a lot of detail on this piece (of the horse and baby) but if I painted this on a canvas, I would do much more work on it.

Better paper and paints

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“Woodland and ferns – from my own photo taken in Tyrrel’s Wood, August 2015″

12″ x 9”

140lb ‘The Langton’ NOT (Cold Pressed) Grain Fin watercolour paper.

Definitely easier process (for me) painting on a block of good weight watercolour paper. The paints are still not the finest you can get but they were the best I could afford and I’m liking the results.  There’s a lot to learn  – watercolour is such a unique animal but lovely to play about with all the layers.  I’m very nervous of overworking a painting and that can result in an ‘unfinished’ almost sloppy look … I’m going for impression at the end of the day.  If you have any hints or tips, that would really make my day!

 

Slight return

A friend of mine suggested that I do a better job with the images of my work, as this is one of the primary reasons why art doesn’t sell on the internet. I had a look at one painting in specific (Windy Day at Caister on Sea) which has received a lot of likes and so on but no purchase.  The original photos were very dull and in fact, when I checked them out most of them had shadow on and were taken in low light.   I took this painting out into my garden this morning (the sun is particularly bright today) and redid some photos – I didn’t use the tripod but I will for all future photos of work.  I think the difference is quite obvious – any comment from my peers (i.e. you 🙂 ) would be welcome?

 

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Old photos of this painting:

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Driftwood

Abstract acrylic multi-media painting
Abstract acrylic multi-media painting

“Driftwood”

51cm x 41cm x 2cm

20″ x 16″ x 3/4″  (approx)

This is a heavily textured piece and a lot of reworking went into its creation.  There are many layers of material that I have sculpted.  The layers were made from caulk, modelling paste, fabric, threads (metallic and cotton), sand and paint.   I used acrylics, as well as metal effect paints and the base is a stretched canvas.

This image taken in reflected natural daylight with tripod.

Anyway, hope you like.
Textural detail:

 

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New mixed-media painting

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“Field”

Substrate of acrylics and metallic paints, collage scraps of silk fabric; overlayed with oils, various nail varnishes, glitter – on stretched box style canvas

10″ x 8″ x 1½”

26cm x 21cm x 4cm

 

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Natural light

Some News and a little painting

My phone made a bleep at around midnight last night and of course I was awake, so had to check it.  The message was from a gallery in New York who wanted to know if I would be interested in exploring representation through them.  I am not going to break out the champagne just yet as I need to know more and what is involved – but it is a personal victory and I’m proud that I have received some recognition from a major gallery.

 

“Silver Sea”‘

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14″ x 11″ x 3/4″

Multi-media – featuring scraps of silver fabric, acrylics, glues and effect paints on stretched canvas.

Texture detail:

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New painting

Been having something of a hiatus of late … too boring to go into the reasons why.   Anyway, I got stuck into the oils AND acrylics today and the result is this one:

 

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“View from Seletwane, Drakensberg”

30cm x 30cm x 3.5cm deep

Acrylics and oils combined (yes, they do mix)

Silk fabric scraps (collage), pastes and gels on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.

Unvarnished.

Photo taken with smart phone – better quality image will be uploaded when I have a bit more time.

 

More art from club duvet

Well I started some lickle pieces this weekend …

Art from club duvet - canvasses ready for some texture
Art from club duvet – canvasses ready for some texture

And these are the results of some of them:

 

The old barn SOLD

 

“The Old Barn”

Acrylics, collage, pre-treated silk fabric, metallic painted silk fabric scraps, glue and paper on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.

11 ¾” x 11¾” x 1½”

 

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“Hedgerow and cloud”

Acrylics, collage,  mixed media, cotton wool shreds, shredded paper on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.

11 ¾” x 11¾” x 1½”

Texture detail

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“Untitled”

Acrylics, collage, mixed media, pre-treated silk fabric, metallic painted silk fabric scraps, glue and paper on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.

11 ¾” x 11¾” x 1½

Asgeir

 

“Asgeir”

Acrylics, collage, mixed media, pre-treated silk fabric, glue and paper on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.

11 ¾” x 11¾” x 1½

Texture detail:

 

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Beachcomber

Hi everyone, hope your 2015 has started very well.   I am going to try and post one painting a month from now on …  ‘try’ being the operative word.

This one I finished today and am pleased with it, so will sign it later.   For some reason, I seem to be veering towards pink in this work, a complete change for me. I was thinking about the sea, flotsam and jetsam on the beach, when I was making this picture – hence the title.

Hope you like – I would really appreciate some comments if you have time, or the inclination!

 

Beachcomber in indoor reflected sunlight

 

“Beachcomber”

47″ x 39″

Mixed media (including pastes and heavy gels) on stretched box canvas (ready to hang)

This picture taken indoors with reflected sunlight.  The picture below is taken outdoors in natural light

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Close ups of texture

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New work

I’m trying to generate work that resonates with my impressions of the Norfolk countryside … particularly during the spring/summer months and when the rape seed is flowering.    This is a latest study:

Original Acrylic Painting

“Abstract Field”

61cm x 61cm

Acrylic and contractor’s caulk on stretched canvas.

Texture detail:

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On the 6th December we are having a village fair held at our local church and I’m exhibiting 7 pieces there.  I’ve chosen 7 paintings, including the above new one and these others:

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Just spent this morning edging them all properly, putting labels on the back, varnishing etc. etc. … so I hope I can sell something!