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.
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.
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.
Modelling gel, acrylics, metallics on mixed-media paper (250gm/169lb)
Approximately 12″ x 8″
Close up of texture detail.
One thing I learnt here is that you must use acrylic medium between layers – I don’t have any at the moment, hence my new found knowledge! Otherwise, the underlying layers become muddy and hard to work on. So I’m off to get me some new medium just as soon as I can – cos all my other stuff is finished!
Acrylics, gel medium, metallics on mixed-media paper (250gm/169lb)
Approximately 12″ x 8″
Close up of texture detail.
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. 🙂
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?
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.
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.
14″ x 11″ x 3/4″
Multi-media – featuring scraps of silver fabric, acrylics, glues and effect paints on stretched canvas.
Reworked old canvas. Acrylics, glues, fabric, hand-dyed silk, caulk and gels.
Trying some new colour combos out today. Don’t know as I like this one yet. Might chuck it 🙂
There is a little back story behind this one, though. Many years ago, I lost my youngest daughter, who was about four at the time, when we were shopping in a busy department store. My eldest daughter (who was also with me) and I, spent a frantic fifteen or twenty minutes running backwards and forwards trying to find her. The horrible thing, for me, was that I’d had a particularly vivid nightmare the night before and in it I was hysterically running through what appeared to be train carriages (also brightly lit and full of people staring at me) searching anxiously for something or someone … all the time I was looking for my little girl, I was trying to remember how the dream ended but I couldn’t! I think these kinds of dreams are called prescience … don’t know much about that. In any case, my heart was in my mouth as we ran through the garishly lit and noisy mall trying to find my baby – there had been a spate of child abductions in the area where we lived during that time, which made things even more scary. People watched me running past, screaming for my child, shaking their heads and looking worried but nobody actually did anything to try and help. We eventually discovered that she’d gone back to the parking area and was patiently sitting on the pavement by the front wheels of my car, waiting for us to come and fetch her.
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!
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
Poured Acrylic paintings on stretched canvas. Both are 61cm x 46cm x 2cm deep.
I built up substrate first with all sorts of things – like paper pulp, card, caulk, modelling paste, grit and found things. Then poured and dripped acrylic paints, solvents and rubbing alcohol on the top. I’m in the process of varnishing with gloss coating.