Tag Archives: acrylic

Extreme Abstract

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Artist Chris Bergstrom

I’m posting this abstract because  I can’t seem to get inspiration from my muse.  If fact I think, she’s on vacation….

This is a painting by artist Chris Bergstrom.  Chris is a fairly new artist, he’s only been painting since 2008, and as he grows as an artist I’m amazed at some of the work he creates.  He is humble, doesn’t allow others opinions to bother him, but still listens to legitimate critics.

When I look at an abstract, I sit and digest the art for a while.  As it sinks in, it changes my opinion of an abstract completely.  And of course, one either finds something they like, or never find anything they like about it. I have always thought the job of an artist was to create emotion.

That’s art, and you can’t please everyone.  It’s OK!

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What Color are you today?

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Today I’m sitting here, feeling very mellow, and it occurred to me that if I had to paint how I feel, I’m not sure I could figure out what color I’d be.  Mellow being a good mellow!   I’m definitely not Blue…

Santa Fe skies

For sure I’m not feeling green…

I definitely don’t feel dirty, or brown…

Or even in the shadows….

So how do we paint our feelings?   I’m happy, well fed, relaxed, safe, loved, and……mellow.  How do I paint all that and clean too?

Have you ever tried to paint how you feel in a color?  If you were to do that, what color would you use, would it change daily, weekly, or at all?

This is what I feel like today..mellow, and happy!

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An Unexpected Diva Day!

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Last Saturday was the monthly Diva Day.  The fact is most everyone was either out-of-town, or busy in another way.  So what do you do when your monthly girl day falls apart?   That’s what we did……Maxine and I had our Diva Day together, without the others.   My painting still needs a few finishing touches, they will come in the next day or two.  But it was lots of fun just painting with just the two of us…

It seemed very quiet, and after talking about how, sometimes quiet is good, we decided to put some music on and liven the place up.

Maxine was still working on her art when I left at one in the afternoon, but as always she produces wonderful pieces, and I love watching her work.

While I was packing up, I noticed ants just walking around her home like they owned the place.  We never tracked them down, and haven’t any idea where they came from, or what they were after…..But they cannot stay!

 

Later after lunch, my husband and I went to Trader Joes to pick up a few things, and the entire trip  was nothing but red lights.

Another sit and wait day.

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Sometimes We Have to Play!

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Last week several of us got together for our Diva Day. We just played with paint, paper, & a serious supply of plastic wrap.

There are times when playing is the only thing that starts the juices rolling, and this was one of those times.  Since we only get together once a month, talking is mostly what we do.  But we did play, each in our own way.

The process we played with is to cover the paper with paint, and put plastic wrap over the top.  Twist and pull, leave a pattern on the paper, then leave it alone and let it dry.  The darker the paint the more intense the pattern.  If it dries to light, do it over with a darker color.  Or do it a second time to allow for more layers of pattern.  There isn’t any right or wrong way to do this!

When the plastic wrap is dry, and it’s pulled off, start looking for images in the dried pattern.  Again, anything goes.  Whatever you see, either outline it, and paint around it, or just paint around it.  That is called “Negative Space Painting.”  The idea is to blend out the paint you are using for outlining.  Keep it wet, and work it until you have defined images on the paper.

This will be totally different for some, and easy for others.  It took me forever to wrap my head around this method, but it’s fun, and pushes your brain to thinking creatively.

Here are a couple of examples of Negative Space painting…..

Artichoke Flower

God of Wine

Traces of the Past

I hope you have fun trying this, if it doesn’t work the first time, try it again…..OR, use watercolor, or acrylic ink and pour the paint over the paper.  Remember to use watercolor paper, and if pouring a color is what you like don’t forget to wet your paper first. Both mediums will work.  Watercolor will take longer to dry, and has it’s challenges.  Acrylic dries faster, so keeping it open might be a challenge for some.

Thanks for checking in, and trying something new.

Backgrounds…

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I found this demo on YouTube, and if you want to check out more of Betty’s art, go to Betty Frank Krause/Betty Krause Art.  There is so much really easy information here.  Some of us might know all about it, but some will find it helpful.

Everytime I watch something, or take a class, I find there is always something I’d forgotten, or didn’t know at all.  Always I walk away with something helpful.  I hope you do the same.

Again Betty is all about art, different kinds of art, and if you look at her website, you are sure to find something you can use.