Tag Archives: creative process

Reflections on a Lily Pond

Reflections on a Lily Pond series – final paintings

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 – works in progress – underpainting and figuring out the composition

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 – adding colour

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 touches

WIP #3  The final stage included adding touches of pink for the highlights.

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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.

The Black Canvas

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“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.

Together

Working Together, They Proved Everybody Wrong — acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 mm each, 2018. Available.

Two more mini paintings ~ the title is another of my six-word stories: “Working together, they proved everybody wrong”. It seemed as good a title as any.

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Unafraid (word prompts)

“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.

Bilocation

Bilocation — acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 mm, 2018. Available.

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.