Anna Cull Little Bear art card

And about time too

It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally turned some of my drawings and paintings into note cards. They are all 6” x 4” because that’s a nice size for framing.

The really hard part has been limiting myself to a dozen designs for my first printing. The following are now available from my Etsy shop:

 

By the time you’ve finished, you’ll know how to do it

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One of the biggest challenges I faced when painting the ‘Sign of the Times’ triptych was writing the words legibly forwards and backwards. It took a bit of trial and error before I figured out the best way of doing it was to print copies of my handwritten and scanned words (i.e. using my inkjet printer) having first worked out their position and size in Photoshop, paint over the letters and use the painted paper to ‘print’ the writing on the canvas. I filled in any gaps in the letters by hand with a brush. By the time I’d finished, as is so often the way, I knew exactly how to do it.

‘Sign of the Times, Sonya’s Landscape’ — acrylic on canvas, 2015

‘Sign of the Times, Sonya’s Landscape’ — acrylic on canvas, 2015

Sign of the Times — the mirror image

Sign of the Times — the mirror image

Sign of the times

Sign of the Times, Sonya’s Landscape — acrylic on canvas, 20” x 30” each canvas, 2015

Sign of the Times, Sonya’s Landscape — acrylic on canvas, 20” x 30” each canvas, 2015

Sign of the Times — the mirror image

Sign of the Times — the mirror image (i.e. as seen in the salon mirror)

Here, at last, are photographs of the commission I painted a few weeks ago for Sonya’s hair salon. We put the paintings up this afternoon and we’re really pleased with how they look. There’s a photo of Sonya with her paintings in the slideshow below.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, the inspiration came from the salon, from nearby Barrington Park and the Cashmere hills, and of course from Sonya herself. Prince’s purple love symbol was a last-minute addition that Sonya requested and although it wasn’t part of the original composition, now I can’t imagine the paintings without it — I like the way it transforms the landscape from something abstract into something more personal.

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Blue planet

Blue Planet – acrylic painting with haiku title, 150 x 150 mm, 2015

Blue Planet – acrylic painting with haiku title, 150 x 150 mm, 2015

Blue planet, at home
in the inky blackness ― day
always follows night.

Blue Planet – detail

Blue Planet – detail

Blue Planet – detail

Blue Planet – detail

Black rose?

Black Rose – acrylic painting with haiku title, 102 x 102 mm, 2015

Black Rose – acrylic painting with haiku title, 102 x 102 mm, 2015

The faint impression
of a black rose at midnight:
real or imagined?

Underneath several layers of black paint (and quite a few layers of varnish) is a painting of a gold rose I didn’t like. Now that it’s almost completely black, I’ve decided I quite like the texture and the way the light catches the flecks of gold… I’m just not sure if it’s still a rose.

On the road again

On the road again – acrylic on canvas, 455 x 610 mm, 2015

On the road again – acrylic on canvas, 455 x 610 mm, 2015

Here is the final painting (click here to see the original post). Yes, the colours are a little unusual ― it makes me think of old photographs and also the way memories can play tricks on us.

‘On the road again’ is now available for purchase.

On the road again in more detail

On the road again, motorbike detail

Run away without leaving home (WIP)

On the road again, WIP – acrylic on canvas

On the road again, WIP – acrylic on canvas

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp

Work in progress. Click here to see the original post.

Cheat

On the road again, WIP/underpainting – acrylic on canvas

On the road again, WIP underpainting — acrylic on canvas

“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.” David Hockney

I’m not sure I agree with Mr Hockney on this point but I do like the quote… and I did ‘cheat’ a little with this composition by removing the car in the background and changing the colours (see photographs below). I hope to have another WIP ready to show you later in the week.

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