Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Playing with orange, blue, and iridescence

With these paintings, I took my experimentation further. You can't really tell from the scans, but I used an iridescent acrylic medium to add a clear shimmer in some areas. This gives it one more layer of depth.

I'm trying to develop more ways to make my abstract paintings as deep as a landscape, I suppose.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A few more small pieces, acrylic on YUPO

These are more of my smaller, 8x10" acrylic
paintings on YUPO paper. Creating these pieces involves some direct painting with brushes, spraying clear water on applied paint, stamping with various objects, pouring thinned paint, blowing with straws, etc.

Experimental painting, at it's finest...or at least with the most fun involved!

I mean, if you're not having fun, what's the point?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Smaller pieces, acrylic on YUPO

So, I'm occupying myself with smaller abstract pieces. These are 8x10", acrylic on YUPO. They involve pouring thinned paint, stamping, direct painting with spraying, and other experimental techniques.

I'm thinking of listing some of them on eBay or Etsy, but I haven't decided yet.

I'm having fun with them, though. The next set I'm working on has stamped circles...anything in my studio that has a circular bottom is fair game.... everything has a ring of dried paint on the bottom now

Stay tuned for that!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Empty Easel

I've just discovered a new favorite website via Twitter: Empty Easel. What a wealth of inspiration and helpful articles! I've got a lot of reading to do!

My current favorite I can really relate to. So many times when I tell somebody I'm an artist, I hear the "I can't draw a stick figure" line.... I try to convince them that they just have to try, learn, and practice, but they've already got it fixed in their heads that they CAN'T, so they don't even try. Now I can use the sports analogy! Woohoo!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

More playing with Yupo paper and acrylic paint

I'm having a blast! I'm stamping, pouring, spraying and just playing in general with paint and Yupo paper. I love this stuff!

More doodling at work

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Friday, April 16, 2010

The printed t-shirt looks great!

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Digital design

So, in case you didn't know it, I also play with digital design in Adobe Illustrator. I was asked to recreate the Arkansas Capitol building in a stylized/illustrated manner for the back of a t-shirt. I saw people wearing the shirts at the office today, it was fun!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Experimental painting

New post! Can you believe it?!!

I just need to do something creative in the afternoons to keep the artistic side thinking and just unwind while I'm creating something-anything.

So, recently I've decided to just have fun with painting. I don't have time to paint representational things right now, so I'm just doing abstract paintings in the afternoon after work. I've found a new paper that is synthetic, so water-based paint doesn't soak into it. I can water down paint and blow it through a straw, splatter it, tilt the paper to let it run, splatter it and then blow it, etc. Then I let it dry overnight and go after it again the next day. I'm having a blast!

This is my first foray into experimental painting, acrylic paint on YUPO paper.