As promised, here are the last of my recent experiments... Storm At Sunset, The Grass Is Greener
After I had finished playing with texture paste and inks, I was looking at the piece, turning it around and looking at it and I spotted several different areas which I liked or reminded me of something and the above images are the final two that I decided to use. Storm At Sunset
reminded me of those days we get on the Bay where you have gorgeous weather one minute and a storm rolling in the next and this section reminded me of the transition point where you have a bit of both in the sky, before the clouds obscure the light. We all know that The Grass Is Greener
on the other side of the fence, although it generally isn't, but the hills and mountains of the Lake District are a different kettle of fish altogether.....it is generally greener because it gets bucket loads of rain
Like the Bay itself it is often lashed by storms coming in from the Atlantic and we have had a lot of heavy rain over the last few months. We are used to large amounts of rain in these parts, although it has been worse than usual, and it will have a beneficial effect on the hills making them even greener Lollipop Land, Summer Lovin'
I often have a drop sheet under my work, not to protect my work surface, but so that I can check colours, pens etc. before I use them. I don't throw the paper away unless it is completely trashed because it can give me a starting point for an idea or simply extra random collage material. I chose some scraps to work on which interested me and created several small pieces in mixed media. Lollipop Land
had lots of circles and spot marks from sprayed water and these became the tree-flowers and bubbles. The blue was added to even out the colour in the bottom section and also to the large part circle, which became a sun. The yellow section in Summer Lovin'
was what started this idea off. It reminded me of the hills and fields around the village where I grew up and teenage exploits in the summer. Universal Energy, Undersea GardenUndersea Garden
was another scrap of drop sheet paper from my collage box. Rather than just use my usual black and white for the drawing, I decided to add in some blue and grey tones with Sharpie markers. Universal Energy
started life as an exercise in blending acrylics. Unfortunately I was out of extender and this made creating the background a whole lot harder and I couldn't achieve the level of soft blending that I was after, however, I am happy with it. I adapted a design that I had created as a black and white Doodle Drawing
and had chosen my colours before I started. The painting was completed in acrylics using a rigger brush for the fine line details.
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