Studio Sunday Nov 2 2014

Good chilly Sunday morning, folks! 61* in usually balmy Florida right now means we are getting our first real taste of FALL - while I know a LOT of my friends in other parts of the US are already dealing with snow, so - I'll just keep my long-sleeves-long-pants-socks-n-scarf-wearing-but-oh-it's-nice-to-have-the-AC-off-and-windows-open! mouth shut ;-) 

So here's this week's recap of what I worked on in the studio -

Trying a couple new things with acrylic paint on canvas boards
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Layers of paint applied with brushes, fingers, scraped down and splattered

Layers of paint applied with brushes, fingers, scraped down and splattered

Same technique as above with white applied, leaving open circles showing the paint underneath, and some randomly highlighted with circles of ink

Same technique as above with white applied, leaving open circles showing the paint underneath, and some randomly highlighted with circles of ink

For the accent circles I used Derwent Inktense Blocks that I got a while ago and only recently started using - and I LOVE THEM! such vibrant colors, so luscious to use, they blend great, and have become my new favorite art supply. I lucked out and got a super deal on the big 72-color set on Amazon, but there was no color swatch included, so I decided to make my own. I looked online for their color chart - if you click the PDF link next to the chart graphic, it will pull up all 72 colors - printed that out for reference (and to keep in the tin with the blocks) and then went about making my own painted swatches.

Derwent Inktense Blocks with Color Chart and Painted Palette

Derwent Inktense Blocks with Color Chart and Painted Palette

Derwent Inktense Blocks - hand-drawn & painted palette

Derwent Inktense Blocks - hand-drawn & painted palette

Derwent Inktense Blocks 72 count tin with framed handpainted color palettes

Derwent Inktense Blocks 72 count tin with framed handpainted color palettes

I started with the larger one (modeling it after one I'd seen on Pinterest, but quickly realized it wasn't going to work how I wanted, and also that the Pinterest one was using the Inktense colored PENCILS, and not the blocks.) Also, pretty sure I messed up the number of shape-forms - was supposed to be 8 x 9 = 72 and I didn't use the Ink Black or Antique White blocks, so I either miscounted or skipped over a couple colors, or - most likely, some combo of both. But, I still thought it's look cool so I finished it. Besides, I'm an artist, not a mathematician! 

The second one I decided to do in a more standard palette design, and I gridded it for 70 spots since I wasn't gonna use the Black or White here, either. Also, I applied the ink differently - this one I used a wet paintbrush and swabbed each block in turn and filled in the square, where the previous chart I actually colored the form in with the block directly, then used a wet brush to "activate" the ink. I think you can see a pretty distinct difference between the intensity of color from a direct to paper application versus using the brush to pull color from the block first, more like regular pan watercolors.

Then I framed them up for fun because I just happened to have two perfect-sized frames* I got at the thrift store a few weeks ago (.99 and 1.99, respectively!) and also how nice do they look, like actual art! 

And that's really all I accomplished this week! I do have my next set of Art-O-Mat watercolor blocks started, I have two more "in the style of" artworks I want to try when I can squeeze them in, and a couple gift paintings I need to get started on. (Because OMGCHRISTMAS.)

*an upcoming planned post is a how-to on framing - I've briefly mentioned before how I frame most of my art, but I will be doing a whole show&tell just on that topic in the near future ...

Ok then, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a great start to the new week ahead!