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December 7, 2010 December 7, 2010

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Collage,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:29 am
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This is my 150th post and I want to celebrate by thanking all of my visitors and fellow bloggers. It is your ability to share, inspire and empower me that made this a year of growth and happiness for me. This post is later than I planned because I wanted to create a wonderful painting to share. It has been a struggle and because of one of my choices you cannot see the painting in the way that I do. But I jump ahead!

I wanted to make a painting that was full of color and excitement but I did not want the dark drama of some of my recent “splish-splash” paintings. I remembered something I started in 2007 right after I started painting. I was taking a class from Sandy Ezell in Experimental Watercolor. She had us use a large piece of illustration board to which we collaged wet Massa paper for texture. We then dropped in colors to start creating a spring forest scene. I was overwhelmed and didn’t have a clue where I was going or what to do next so I put it away. It has been hidden away for three years but I remembered that it had nice pastel colors and decided that it might provide a good foundation for an abstract painting.

Crescent Illustration Board, Massa Paper and Watercolor

To start my abstract I diluted purple, scarlet, lilac and blue heavy body acrylics so they were transparent and could be poured. This photo was taken after two pours. I poured through napkins, paper towels and kleenex but didn’t get much added texture because the Massa provided so much.

After this I dropped in dark purple and let it run to create a pattern I could use to build an abstract composition. I also did some brush work. You can also see my big mistake. I painted some sections with iridescent pearl acrylic ink! In person this does not look bad and does not stand out. BUT IT REALLY POPS OUT IN THE PHOTOS! Try to imagine….

Collage after Drips

I developed this and finished my abstract but…

Abstract Collage

my husband didn’t like it and I didn’t like the arm/wing-like elements in the top half of the painting. So I looked at the painting for patterns and thought I saw the outline of a headland on the right side of the painting. To make a long story short I used Japanese papers to cover and restructure the composition of the painting. My painting is now finished (are any of my paintings ever finished?). This painting was ultimately inspired by the beautiful structure of a Hawaiian headland, brightened by the sun and colored by the foliage of these gentle, peaceful islands.

Hawaiian Headland Collage

My “just for fun” question for you – which do you like better? Abstract or more realistic painting? More importantly this is my thank you to all of you who have been on this journey with me.  On to tomorrow!

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11 Responses to “December 7, 2010”

  1. artimagica Says:

    While both are very beautiful I think I actually like the composition of the Abstract one the best. But I love abstract work so that’s no surprise! I loved hearing how you put ot together though I’m not sure how you are able to “pour” through those materials. Guess I’ll haave to experiment and give it a try. Congratulations on your 150th post and it’s been great to share your work. –Kathleen

    • The acrylic I poured was diluted so it was almost the consistency of water. It was perhaps too thin. I have never poured before but several artists in Indiana pour through different types of paper and when you remove the paper after the paint dries it leaves the texture of the paper or some other textural effect behind.

  2. lesliepaints Says:

    I like your abstract that you came up with, Linda. This is such a fun way to explore. I also liked what you had in the painting before you added the headland. I see a tree trunk and all the roots spreading out. That is the nice thing about abstract; the ability to decide which way to go while you create. I usually purchase paintings that lean toward an image of something. I like it to have elements of abstraction or distortion to it, though.

  3. Carol King Says:

    Happy 150th blog post! Congratulations.

    I just tried my first watercolor abstract, so this was a particularly fun read. I loved your final painting.

    I like both abstract and representational painting.

  4. I love this 150th post Linda, I try to be abstract in my paintings, but I’ve lost some of my nerve! Some of my older work was much more daring, I’m not sure what changed. I think this is wonderful!

    • Hi Keith, Because I had my blog pushing me to work more often than in the past I was forced to be more bold. Also reading the book by Edwards Betts that I’ve talked about and seeing the demos other artists post have both given me the courage to keep my eyes open so I can see the possibilities when I run into trouble.

  5. Stephen Says:

    This is such an interesting way to paint – I see the headland that lead to your final version. I always approach paintings from the realistic, to present a scene but through your work and other abstract painters I have learned to appreciate this approach.

    I love this final painting. All the best for more work and the next 150 postings.

    • Thank you Stephen. The book Masters Class in Watercolor where he talks about Realistic to Abstract and Abstract to Realistic (2 separate chapters) were very helpful…what am I saying the ENTIRE book was helpful.

  6. Emma Says:

    I was really drawn to this painting; love it.

  7. Thank you Emma, I hope you visit again.


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