New Year Projects

Acrylic, Chatty, Step-by-Step

Despite my lack of posts, I’m pleased to say I’ve actually been doing a lot of painting.

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to create pieces with my friend to eventually sell. We’ve got the ball rolling (though nothing finished quite yet) and are finding our feet in terms of style and materials.

Here’s a couple of progress shots from. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to show you a finished piece!

As you can see I’m taking inspiration from previous projects and trying to really master creating an art nouveau style. I want to restrict the colour palette And stop it looking so, well, primary. I’m also trying out an acrylic base and following up with oil paints, which so far I really like! It feels like there’s more scope to make changes as you go but with a gloss finish.

When I was younger I hated the idea of having multiple projects on the go. Maybe it’s something to do with my reduced attention span, or just the realisation that I have a lot less free time now to actually finish a project, but now I find I’m much more motivated and actually likely to finish a piece if I have the chance to step away from it and work on something else.

I’d like to be at the stage where I can make these compositions quickly, so that’s what I’ll be practising most of for the next little while.

I want to try mixed media a little more (which is another thing I never thought I’d say!) so before we add the embroidery I also want to create a textured surface using paint. For now I’m using very cheap acrylic paint. In the past I’ve used a plaster mix but that’s on MDF board, not watercolour paper.

I’ve been really enjoying working on these! I love when you seem to stumble upon a style that suits what you’re looking for.

I’m going to try to catch up with everyone else’s posts tonight and tomorrow.

P.S: it actually felt like Spring today! Such a lovely change!

Second Wave

Acrylic, Chatty, Painting, Step-by-Step

Even though I haven’t been posting, I’ve actually been doing a lot of art! Huzzah!

I’ll start with this big piece I’ve been working on over the last month.

About 5 years ago when I was in my first year of university I created a smaller version of this piece. It was based on my final project for A Level art, and was an abstracted version of my view from my halls in Russell Square.

Although it was a little bit hotel-lobbey-artish, I liked it and decided to start a MUCH bigger version of it the following year.

The canvas had been sitting in my room for a few years untouched. Since I was at a loss of how to start a new project (see previous post) I thought I would pick up one id I’d already started.

Here’s the start – i hadn’t done too much to it at this point, just livened up the paint (acrylic).

Day 1:

Also, a cat came to visit to keep me company!

Day 2:

Excuse the sun creeping through. I’d forgotten how nice it can be to just paint in the sun and listen to the radio.

Day 3:

You can see that progress is pretty slow, but that’s ok. This piece is a bit of a colour and composition exercise, which is pretty much my favourite kind of art to do.

Day 4:

One piece of advice that’s stuck with me is to rotate your work and look at it from all angles. Especially important when you’re thinking about the balance of a piece.

Day 5:

And here we are now!

I’ve started to apply the paint in different ways and think about blocking out some of the clear divide between shapes. I wish I had the original reference to remind myself where each roof and building began.

Unfortunately it was a particularly windy day and my easel blew over, so there’s now a small rip in the canvas.

I’ve been working on some other pieces over the last couple of days since I felt like I hit a bit of a wall with this piece. It’s been so nice to feel motivated again!

If anyone else is feeling a bit lethargic, try picking up an old piece that you haven’t looked at in a while, it might be just what you need to get started again.