Four freshly varnished lily pond paintings are now looking for good homes. Extra points if you know where the titles come from : )
I’ve been on one of my painting journeys over the last few weeks, revisiting Sparkle and Shine, a landscape (pondscape?) from 2013.
WIP #1 I started with black canvases and used intense colours for the underpainting because I wanted the lily pads to really stand out against the blue-black water.
WIP #2 Then I painted green over the pink and yellow over the purple. Lighter blue ‘sparkle’ shapes were introduced to the water.
WIP #3 The final stage included adding touches of pink for the highlights.
I’m going to wait a week or so for them to dry properly, varnish them (because I think reflections should be glossy and I want the water to look deliciously dark and deep), and then these four new paintings will be available on Etsy.
These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. The background is a detail of a new mini abstract (below) created with some of the paint left over from ‘The High Country’ and a little added purple.
6. Studied. Tested. Passed. Celebrated. Tested again.
7. The overburdened workhorse summoned the cavalry.
8. The inventor improvised, creating pure fiction.
9. Her instincts were hardly ever wrong.
10. The summit wasn’t their high point.
11. Her big break was not “lucky”!
12. The grind required fresh beans daily.
[August prompts: tested, workhorse, the inventor, instincts, summit, big break, the grind.]
This painting began as a digital collage on the now defunct Polyvore site. It was inspired by a dream about my mother. The juxtaposition of elements, the slightly odd perspective, the colours and textures, all really appealed to me. Painting it was more like having a conversation than putting paint on canvas and it taught me a lot about why I paint and why I can’t stop painting. ‘Running Through My Dreams’ now keeps me company in the Art Cave.
Three little paintings ~ “Liquorice Allsorts” ~ do not eat.