A spring painting!
Friday, April 4, 2014
I painted! For the first time in seven years and I forgot how much I loved the process! Don't worry I'm still making cards and I love paper-crafts but I felt the time was right to start painting again. So I thought I'd share it here with you! : )
I still had all the art supplies (I used acrylics on a 10x12" canvas) from years ago. I have lots of palettes, a table top easel and lots of other gadgets but I'm still most comfortable using an old plate (one that belonged to my granny), a chipped old glass, a bundle of paper towels and some of my favourite brushes that I've had for years. I used to work from photographs but I felt the urge to paint directly from life. I did take a couple of photos for reference in case my narcissi started to wilt faster than expected.
I managed to finish this in just two days, which is pretty fast for me. I was mindful not to overwork the painting because I really wanted it to be soft and fairly loose. The narcissi came straight from the garden and the little jug belonged to my granny, it was actually quite plain so I added a strip of embroidered floral ribbon from my stash!
The colours were really important for me, I just love a yellow and turquoise colour combo, it's so uplifting. Once I was fairly happy with all the elements I added some washes to add a softer, warmer tone to the painting. I can see the imperfections but I like how it turned out and to be honest I'm never really happy with anything that I've painting but I like the feel of this one. So it will have a permanent home in our kitchen diner after I get it framed.
Oh and I'm starting an art journal (I've been wanting to do one for ages but wasn't sure where to start!) and now that I'm painting again I hope an art journal will keep the momentum going! So I'll be sharing a page or two from that here too. But you'll still be seeing plenty of cards and paper-crafts from me too! Thanks for dropping by today, have a great weekend! : )