I’ve been busily working away in my studio, and I did a little more experimenting. I’m still painting much too tightly, so I did two paintings where I had just 1 – 2 hours to paint. They were a lesson in painting just what I had to paint to get the message across.
#7 is Newport, RI — what I could see from an internet photo anyway. (It may or may not be accurate–all the better. I wasn’t going for accuracy.)
This one was stressful to paint. Partly because I limited myself to just a few colors, so I was forced to NOT mimic exactly what I could see. Partly because I was so limited on time.
I used a lot of paper that you can no longer see. One fun thing I did was print out info on Newport RI and include that as part of the media used. I did something similar previously in the fishing boats painting from Galilee. I think it’s a nice touch to give clues about the origin of the scene.
I also used newsprint, acrylic ink, and acrylic paint. It came out okay. I imagine that if I did it with no time limit I could do something really beautiful with this scene.
Next up, #8 was an even bigger challenge. I looked at a photo of a downtown cafe in CT and then put the photo away and gave myself one hour to recreate the FEEL of what I saw. This is what I came up with.
Again, I was very limited on colors. I used a lot of art paper for the umbrellas and trees. I used newsprint for the building. Acrylic paint and acrylic ink.
Overall I was very pleased with the result since I was indeed able to capture the feel I was looking for. I also did ok with most of the dimensional work. I did miss the mark on the upper windows. I wasn’t even thinking when I rushed to get those in at the end. I think they have character though. Even if I could fix it, I wouldn’t.
On to #9. This is where I decided to attempt to put together some of the skills I’ve learned so far in July an do one “for real” and not just for learning. I was nervous! This painting requires some degree of technical painting, but the goal was to do it as loosely as possible while still maintaining the image.
I am delighted with how it came out. I love the texture that the art paper background gave at the top. The newsprint at the bottom tickled me pink. The train is painted in acrylic as is the steam. And I kept it loose in comparison to my usual desire to overdo it.
But those trestles. Ohhhh those trestles. Those are made by dragging a card dipped in paint and it nearly killed me to leave all the imperfections. In the end I absolutely LOVED them. I definitely feel like my July experiment is paying off. On to #10….
I painted #10 on the 16th anniversary of my father’s passing, so I wanted something I could dedicate to him. One of my favorite early memories of dad is riding in the back of his pickup truck. I couldn’t tell you what year, make or model it was, but I think it was green. 🙂
I decided to paint a 1951 Ford F-1 because I loved how low it was to the ground and the rounded edges. Two things I swear I remember about Dad’s truck. Of course, by now that truck would be rusty, so that made it into the painting as well.
1950s headlines make up the landscape in the background and the barn walls. Art paper gives the texture on the ground. Magazine torn paper strips make up the leaves. And the license plates came from a mixed media paper pad that I had hanging around. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Yesterday brought on #11. This one was for my other guy that I love dearly. He recently started flight school so I wanted to do something for him to encourage his journey into aviation.
Airplanes are hard!! On the ground they didn’t seem very enticing to paint. So in the air it went, but how to do mixed media?? Maps! I have no idea what a flight plan map looks like, but that’s what I was thinking. These maps are vintage as I think that plane is. It’s a biplane (Don’t ask me… I just like how they look.) I pulled up a few dozen photos of biplanes and went to work.
This one has newsprint, art paper, maps, acrylic paint, and acrylic ink. He loved it, and so do I.
Not sure what #12 will be. I’ve had some requests for animals. Maybe an under the sea. Not sure yet. But one to go and 5 days to do it.