Recently I posted 3 other canvas paintings I’ve been working on, and here I’m showing the 2 I’d mentioned in that post but didn’t have photo captures of yet.
Both are 18×24 on canvas, with light molding paste from Golden, but, at this stage applied slightly differently.
Pigment went on the gessoed canvas 1st in each case, before applying the light molding paste (which is opaque when thick but translucent at apparently up to 1/8 inch thick) but in the painting to the right (Playtime, Mother and Child), I’m adding quite a bit more color onto the sheen of paste with masking fluid on the pink sorta-figure shapes.
My image to the left, Mother and Child, I want also want to add color onto the coating of paste, but very minimally, as I pretty well really like this as-is, but want just a touch of suggestive definition on the shapes the emerged looking like a woman and child to me 😊
With Playtime, Mother and Child (right side), I deliberately shaped the pink forms into sorta-figures, even if still needing work lol!
I very much wanted these to be “pure” abstracts, but figures just keep cropping up anyways ☺️
I had no intentionality of having figures in Mother and Child, but they appeared to me.
Wanting to keep the cleanness & simplicity of the look in this work, I’m weighing very carefully what to add to suggest the forms “just enough” – it’ll be very minimal I believe and just more time – literally it feels like – assimilating the feeling and idea into my muscular system. Kinda like method acting, or maybe learning to walk, lol! ❤️
Playtime, Mother and Child is a different creature, despite their similarity of beginning with pigment on canvas then adding light molding paste. There’s a different energy all together here, and the current followup-inprogress continues by being much more colorful.
In that followup I placed masking fluid on the figures, and a couple of newer (ie, not seen above) color areas I liked, but then added more color onto those latter areas then lost then when I removed the masking fluid – so goes the creative dance 💃 😊
I’ve begun to feel I’m entering a creative period similar to a few other times, late 2019 when I started experimenting with watercolors on absorbent ground on small 6×6 gallery wrapped canvasses, and around 2016-7 when I restarted painting using water based oils (after stopping around 2010). That’s probably a blog post that’d do me a lot of good to work up ♥️
Take care everyone! Exploring is in our nature. Nice to be able to do it with paint! 💕
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- October 26, 2021 – I’ve Been Reading, and It’s Triggered a Realization on My Part How Important the Surface of a Painting, My Own Paintings in Particular, Are to Me….…tinkering with the surface of my current art work. I enjoy doing that, immensely. The surface of my work often being as important, or I should say, as interesting to me, as the image as a whole. And of course now I want to make the image as a whole, whether seen from a short nose-to-the canvas space, to the further distance where the image is, well, simply just an image as a whole.
- October 25, 2021 – New Masking Fluid Project – “Angel”Continuing with more new paintings I’ve recently set in motion, Angel appears to be a dark swirl but is actually hiding some carefully but casually placed masking fluid lines. I’ll be showing some detail shots of “Angel”‘s more recent state tomorrow, but am still working on the painting as a whole. This particular masking fluid experiment is almost a direct descendant of an abstract study on paper I recently wrecked, lol!
- October 24, 2021 – My Most Viewed Image This Past Week @FineArtAmerica, Arm Chair View Paris, an early #watercolor #blackandwhite #figureart circa Sept 2020An interesting most viewed results on my Fine Art America site this past viewing period — Plus, as surprising, was the fact 4 of my top 6 most viewed images were Paris themed, 2 of the remainder were also from places we’ve visited (New York & Vermont), followed by most viewed “period” of an Austin pink sunset 😊 On top of that I’ve apparently never included an image of Arm Chair View Paris in one of my blog posts before! Well we’re remedying that here now ❤️
- October 23, 2021 – New #Acrylic Upload @FineArtAmerica – Mother and ChildIt’s been quite a development for this painting, growing from an idea of a previous work with a less defined at the time unrealized depiction of a younger and older person. Probably the most important development is my own realization of that development, lol! Frankly, though I often saw a realization-glimpse of that sort even from my 20s about my art, and maybe as a child, I literally blew it off and kept on going 😊
- October 22, 2021 – A Day With the 8 Year Old = Painting His Wooden Sword for Halloween, Circling the Trailhead to Barton Creek Greenbelt, Visiting Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Celebrating Veterans Art at the Old Bakery & Emporium, and Watching Big Hero 6 on Disney+!!!This post is long on pictures, mostly because it was a long day from getting up to getting back to bed, lol! But what a good day it was ❤️ Here’s hoping this long post of pictures brings a similar good feeling! First up, above, is a special project Max has had his heart on, re-creating a magical sword he sees and experiences using in one of his video games – Zelda Breath of the Wild! All part of his progressing Halloween costume….
- October 21, 2021 – Delivering New Art to the Old Bakery and Emporium (across from the State Capital) Austin, Texas – 3 Piece Floral Set and 1 Autumn 6×6, all #WatercolorsDespite my many gripes about living in Austin, Texas, there’s of course a handful of things I do like. Among them is the opportunity the city makes for artisans 50 or older living in the Austin area to show their creative work. I’ve been fortunate to have some sales, and am very grateful to be able to replenish my inventory with the paintings above.
Thanks again, everyone! 😊