Sunday, April 19, 2015

Winter Sunset Discovery

Several years ago I won a basic set of Winsor Newton Griffin Alkyd Oil Paints in an art competition, but I never used them. They sat in the closet forgotten until this past week when I was  packing for a trip to the coast. On the spur of the moment, I threw them in my suitcase along with a few canvases. The box was small and didn't take up much room unlike my collection of acrylics and regular oil paints. Later in the week, I pulled them out. With only three primary colors and white, I began to paint. The paint was smooth and creamy and had a consistency just like my regular oils. It was fun and I enjoyed it, but the best part was that the paint was dry by the next morning. I couldn't believe it. I have painted with regular oils for years, waiting days, even weeks for the paint to dry. It was always a challenge to paint when travelling. Many times I just left my paints at home rather than lug wet panel carriers and all my usual paraphernalia. From now on, when I travel, these will be my paints of choice. The above painting was created on a 9x12 inch stretched canvas using my favorite new paints. Reproductions are available here on paper or canvas. For now I am going to hold on to the original, but I may eventually sell it in my Etsy Shop along with some of my other small format paintings.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Orange Splatter

Four scraps of paper is how the work in this series began. I selected a total of four scraps of paper from my collection for each of four collage paintings and attached them to 8x10 hardboard panels. Then, working intuitively, I embellished the surface with pencils, paint, and paint pens. I stamped, scribbled, and brushed. It was fun to see designs emerge and blend. This is one of the four designs that resulted from the experiment. Fine art reproduction prints of this abstract series are available from my website in a variety of sizes.  You can view paper and canvas options here. The other three designs in the series can be viewed here, here, and here. I hope you like my Orange Splatter Series and will stop by my website to view all four designs.