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.
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso
‘Chinatown’ (Melbourne) is my first ever painting on black canvas. I bought four little 4″ x 12″ canvases more than a year ago but I haven’t had the confidence to paint on them. Until now. I have no idea what flipped the switch that suddenly made it the right time but I’m so glad I did. Picking up a few tips from tutorials posted online definitely helped and it turns out that I absolutely love love love ❤❤❤ painting on black canvas.
There is a second black canvas diptych waiting in the wings, another Melbourne night cityscape. I have also bought some black gesso so that I can make my own black canvases and continue exploring this new way of painting. Happy days.
“The main inhibitor for creativity is just being scared…. You’re afraid that your ideas aren’t good enough. If you can get over that hump where you don’t care whether your ideas are any good or not, then you can be successful.” James Kochalka
The following six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few of my favourites over on Instagram.
28. She can. Of course she can.
29. She was unafraid… and dangerously optimistic.
30. School’s out! Now life’s lessons begin.
31. Writers gonna write, prompted or not.
1. Reputation shmeputation. It’s actions that matter.
2. Leap? I’m happy with baby steps.
3. Foolhardy, he was clearly not responsible.
[May/June prompts: she can…, unafraid, school’s out!, (no prompt), the lion, leap, daredevil.]
P.S. The background image is a detail of one of the new little paintings which I wrote about in my previous post.
Have you ever wished you could be in two places at the same time? This quirky little abstract was inspired by one of my six-word stories: “Bilocation would be a useful skill.” Click on the image to see more photos on Etsy.
A few days ago I mentioned that I’d written more than 90 six-word stories in the last two months (no small effort). ‘The Gathering Storm is the first painting to be inspired by one of those stories: “The gathering storm strengthened their resolve.”
So… I’m starting to get experimental with paint again : ) This quirky abstract was inspired by one of the digital collages I created on Polyvore.
Most days I veer wildly between two extremes, from being certain that I am on the right path creating art and building up my portfolio… to being certain that I am, in fact, not. Some days I don’t get out much and that doesn’t help either.
I have spent quite a lot of time over the last 18 months making digital collages in a social, encouraging environment online (the now defunct Polyvore website). I stepped away from the “business” side of art and immersed myself again purely in the process. I learned to create in different ways, and it really sparked my imagination. I started getting bolder, discovered new motivations and perspectives, and it was brilliant fun.
Many people were shocked when Polyvore was shut down without warning. We lost the ability to make art in a particularly supportive yet challenging environment, we lost the ability to contact the friends we’d made, and it left a huge hole in our lives. But it hasn’t been all bad. When Polyvore’s new owners pulled the plug on the website, yes, it was horrible, but it was also my chance to get away from the computer and start painting in the “real” world again.
Another factor that comes into play here is that I recently started a year-long project writing six-word stories. I’ve already written more than 90 stories/poems in two months and I’m now thinking that quite a few of them would make really good painting titles.
God bless our contradictions, those parts of us which seem out of character. Let us be boldly and gladly out of character. Let us be creatures of paradox and variety: creatures of contrast; of light and shade: creatures of faith. God be our constant. Let us step out of character into the unknown, to struggle and love and do what we will. Amen.
‘A Note on God’ by Michael Leunig —
Yes, I’m still exploring Arthur’s Pass in paint. ‘Any Road Will Take You There’ is similar to ‘A Road Runs Through It’ and ‘Summer Somewhere’ but also quite different. This time I’ve hinted at the telegraph poles and allowed the foreground to melt into the mountains. I really pushed myself to do something I hadn’t done before and I’m very happy with the result. And if the title sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a paraphrase of a line spoken by the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there.” It’s also a line from a George Harrison song but I didn’t realise that until after I’d named it.