Windows on the World

A kind and appreciative client recently sent me a gift card to Blick, for which I was very grateful.    I put it to good use, purchasing an introductory set of Golden acrylic paints and mediums. I am so wowed by the intensity of these paints, and the various effects you can get simply by changing the medium. I haven’t even begun to really explore all of the sample bottles in the set yet, but I’ve seen enough of Chris Cozen’s demonstration DVDs on Artist Network TV to know what a wonderful box of happiness this is! 🙂

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I was playing around the other night before bed with a grid composition and a 6 x 6″ piece of acrylic paper by Strathmore (246 lb., 400 series).  This paper is a bargain at twice the price. It has the feel and texture of canvas, but much less expensive.  In my experience, it holds up well and doesn’t buckle.  Apparently, people even use it for watercolor (although I’ve not tried this yet). Anyway, love the paper, love the paints, and Jill, bless your bones – I should have listened to you long ago. I can see why you love Golden products so much!

Anyway, I’m happy with the way this little painting turned out, and I’m looking forward to having a little more time to play with the grid composition and see what else I can come up with.

I hope everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is having a wonderful spring. Our daffodils are going crazy, and their smell is everywhere. So happy about that. Peace and warm sunshiny breezes to all!

120 thoughts on “Windows on the World

  1. wow! great design with this Laura… and the Light is amazing! but of course it would be LL 🙂 I can see straight away the clarity and richness of these colors too. So Delightful! Beautiful work Laura – glad you got the Golden acrylics!

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    1. Thanks, Debi! So glad to see you like this one. This is the one I was telling you about the other night (What Would Debi Do lol) … Had to get that bit of teal in there :)))) Boy, these paints are truly amazing things. I’m falling in love with acrylics?!? And yet it’s true. Thanks for your kind comment this morning my friend!

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        1. True but I have to say it started with liquitex basics! I do think the Golden colors are so much richer but I used to see acrylics as clunky compared to WC. Now I’m gaining a real appreciation for the differences offered by each. Art has truly taken my life by storm and loving acrylics is just one more example of being blown away. I’ve not met a medium yet that I didn’t like. A beautiful thing indeed. 💜💜💜

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  2. Oh Laura – look at you FLY!!!!!!! This is gorgeous! I was so excited to see it, and knew right away it was you, and was glad to see a post pop up during your busy season. You are rocking the acrylics. This is just a spectacular, gallery worthy piece. I can envision people standing in front of it gazing while sipping wine and munching on bits of crudites talking about that artist, Laura! 🙂

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    1. lol, love your enthusiasm, Jodi! ((((((Jodi)))))) I am so loving these paints! Seriously, I’m amazed at how much I’m enjoying working in acrylics. Still looking forward to having the time to drag the big WC palette too though, so it’s all good. I wonder if I’ll keep juggling mediums, or will I ever settle down to one? Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I hope the crudites are GMO and gluten free lol! 😀 And baked by the wonderful Kitchenista sista! ❤

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  3. Golden paints are great – I have been using them more and more (I am not brand-loyal but have favorite colors in a lot of labels). I also love the creaminess and just how they feel going on the surface. And the colors are so rich (important to me because I don’t mix anything, I just go straight from the tube). I also finally learned it is worth it to spend extra to get quality after using student paints for a long time. Treat yourself nice! Your work is worth it. I look forward to more acrylics!

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    1. Thanks so much, Claudia! Really appreciate your comment and insights on acrylic paints too. What I’ve read is that Golden doesn’t put any fillers into their products, so I think that is why the colors are so vibrant. And I agree with you re: the creaminess, too. There is just something about that creamy paint going down; it really is wonderful. I’m really glad you like this. I can’t wait to do a whole bunch more in this vein. Really loving the abstract work at the end of the day. And thank you too for the compliment re: my work being worth it. It really means a lot, coming from you, my friend! ❤

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    1. Thanks, Charlie! He told me he wanted to give me a bottle of wine and then he remembered I don’t drink lol. It was totally unnecessary, but very kind of him, and the best type of gift ever! I’ve been wanting to try these paints, but they are pricey, so this gave me the perfect excuse to dive in! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I was really happy with the way this turned out. I was really just trying out various colors in the set. Primaries of all of their different types of paint were included, which really helped. And they blend so nicely. Glad you like this! It’s cheering up my desk here in the office. :)))

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  4. Wow that is groovy! What a hopeful set of windows. I like that very much, especially the intensity of light coming out. If that were an apartment building I’d want to step in just because of all the good stuff happening inside that either generates or requires such light. This is one of my favorites of yours (though, in truth, i have many favorites). I have such a peaceful and hopeful feeling looking at it.

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    1. Wow, what a generous and thoughtful comment; thanks, Kirk! Creating art that brings the viewer peace and hope…..can’t imagine anything better than that. I actually was thinking too about what must be going on inside. Almost made me wanna write a little short story, lol. I’m so glad you enjoyed this and took the time to write that nice note. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I was just testing the colors in the set, which made choosing them really easily. They wisely give colors that play well together and the blends were really delicious. I know abstract isn’t everyone’s bag, but I’m really enjoying these as a wind-down after work. Glad you like this!

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      1. You can see your enjoyment within the painting, it shines through in the strokes…and colour combo. I have not used golden much, only as I have more liquidtex….I do have some of their mediums though. I should get the acrylics out??…on oil at the moment, so I am for that reason on a go slow, 6 paintings in progress ( slowly) I might dabble today while the next layers are drying from last night. Keep up the refreshing abstracts, and getting into the moment 😀

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            1. OK, when I am ready to dip my toe into oil painting, I will ask for all of your secrets! I’m loving acrylic so much, could oil be far behind lol? The smell of oil paint is wonderful, but I would definitely need to eliminate the chemical side, so not sure it could work for me but who knows. Your work always inspires me to at least think about it. Thanks, Rebecca!

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              1. I believe you can buy water based/ soluble oils ( so you don’t need thinners) I have no idea what they are like though?? I think you would love them with your abstract work…not that you are having trouble with the acrylics, because you sure are doing them justice in the acrylics.
                I think I am right in saying that the acrylics can dull down when they dry, but oils stay a truer colour?? But maybe it’s the brand of acrylics I have used. Spraying acrylics with a clear varnish can bring back the vibrancy in the colours….your golden colours look fab though, in the photos, so perhaps I just need to buy better brands. Not yet though, as I have spent a fortune lately, our local art shop closed down due to retirement and everything was 40% off, it gave me the opportunity to buy things I never usually would. Just need to break into the scary world of selling, instead of collecting! My downstairs toilet/ cupboard is jam packed, lol

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                1. Wow, I know I’d have been right there with you, sounds like some great deals there! The acrylics definitely dull/darken as they dry and I’ve not got used to that yet. I’ll walk away from a painting and come back and not like it. I’m used to just the opposite with watercolor. I’m not sure any brand of paint would be different in that respect. I was never one to like the effect of gouache on top of watercolor though so even tho I have white gouache I’ve not used it. I just really like it that I can paint something, go too far with it, and then go back and fix it once it’s dry. I’m so used to getting so frustrated when a watercolor didn’t turn out and I got really sick of feeling that way. I do still love it but I have a love hate relationship with WC I think. And acrylic is clunky at times but for abstract stuff I’m really liking what I’m seeing so far. I think someone like you is gonna make a great painting no matter what medium you settle on, honestly. Me, I still feel like I’m trying to find my medium. It may be graphite lol. But I really do love color. Not sure if I’ll ever find my prefect color medium (or if there is even such a thing)?

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                  1. I agree with all of your reply, and to be honest I feel the same about watercolour, I still have much to learn as I have only been using them for about a year and a half. Coloured pencil was my main staple for years, and I still love them, but I use very heavy, I used to draw on mount board, that way if I make a mistake I can skratch through to the White, and re do little bits, wrong or right, that’s how I worked?
                    I think as long as you enjoy a medium, that’s the most important part, you have a real flair with graphite, I really love your portraits, pretty darn stunning….don’t forget those neos that you have a love for too!!!
                    For the record, I can’t do landscape, looks like a child has painted it, and most importantly, I don’t enjoy doing them, so I don’t! He he.

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                    1. Funny you mention landscapes, as that is what I started out doing in WC. I wanted to paint skies and sea and waves and everything to do with the water. So frustrating (often) to paint many of those subjects in WC! Oh and at times, definitely looked like a little kid painted them. I’m hoping that acrylic will give me what I need to paint a convincing sky and seascape. At some future point. For now, just having fun being free with the acrylics. Thanks for your tips, I think having fun with a medium really has to be the main thing because if you’re frustrated, it’s gonna come through to the viewer. I think the reason people are liking this little abstract window series is that my joy and freedom in the medium (and mostly, in the abstract and not trying to make something look like XYZ) is apparently coming through. I love that Hansa yellow light! It is wonderful. And quin magenta. Totally love!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! Yes, it was so kind of him and I may not have gone for the Golden paint without it, because they really are IMO pricey. I think in this case though that they may be worth it. I’m sold at this point on their paint. I will definitely continue to enjoy my Liquitex basics because of the broad color range for the price, and I’ll be using the Golden Open mediums to combine with those for more open time. I really appreciate that aspect of the Golden open series. So glad you enjoyed this!

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        1. I hadn’t even thought of that! Great suggestion, Sharon. I may just frame this one. It’s propped up on my desk now in the office and I am really enjoying it. If I do frame it, it’d be the first thing I’ve done that I liked enough to frame. I may do a whole series of them and hang them as a collection together. I have quilts I’ve made on the walls, but this would be my first painting. :))

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    1. Thank you, Carmel! Yes, I do. I called one of the product specialists (artists) at Blick and explained that I’d like to explore the acrylic medium more but I wasn’t sure what products I needed to buy in addition to what I had. It turned out that much of what he recommended was already in that set, so it made the buying decision really easy. If I had bought a full-size container of each of those items, it would have been ridiculous (although probably would have lasted me a lifetime too lol). That set is a wonderful buy, I think, particularly if you’re curious about the different mediums and effects. Chris Cozen’s book “Acrylic Solutions” and her DVDs and videos available from North Light books and on Artist’s Network TV are also highly recommended if you’re interested in Golden products. Can’t wait to see what you do with these, if you do decide to try them!

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        1. I hear ya, Carmel! I still love watercolor, and trying to figure out which types of paper to try for when busy season is over. The artist at Blick sent me a whole package of samples of papers. He was so wonderful! They were totally free. All different brands, all different weights and colors, and each piece is about 3 x 4″. I just love Blick! Have you worked in acrylics before, Carmel?

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          1. I have some High Flow but have not had a chance to use them. My focus at the moment is watercolor. Making progress with an online course with Jane Blundell in Australia. Learning about triads and other magically things…I will try and post something in the next couple of days.

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  5. WOWZA! Just love your colors, Laura! 🎨💕 And I like your title of your piece is perfect – they do look like windows! 😃 So happy you like the paints too! 😍👍 Did you get the Fluid acrylics or the heavy body ones in tubes? Thank you too for mentioning my blog! 💖💐💜

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    1. Woot, a WOWZA from Jill! 😀 hehe! Thanks, Jill, so glad you enjoyed this one! OMG those Golden paints are crazy great! The sampler set I ordered contains all kinds of products. The Blick link will give all the details. There are two sets and one is larger and was about the price of the gift card my client gave me, so I jumped in with both feet and got that one. So it has Fluid paint, heavy body and also the Open paint. And then there are a whole bunch of different mediums and texture products in that set too. Even some high flow stuff! I think it’s a terrific bargain for what you get! Lots of primary colors. I did place a more recent order for several more Open paints and one of the high flows not in the set based on the videos I’ve been watching on Artist’s Network TV with Chris Cozen. She demonstrates just about everything and it’s clear these products are very versatile and seem like a bargain when you consider the quality you’re getting. I’m really excited about getting more involved in this medium and playing around more. Just thoroughly enjoying myself at this point. This piece was so much fun to do. Have you ever used the Strathmore 400 series acrylic paper? It’s so similar to canvas! I just love it! And soooo inexpensive at Blick’s!

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      1. That is so cool that Blick has a sample set now! 🙂 I will have to check it out… I have experimented some with the different mediums – really like the molding paste! I have several good books on the subject that you might want to check out from the library: Rethinking Acrylic by Patti Brady and Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner are a couple of my favorites. So happy to see you are exploring, experimenting and having FUN!!! :-)))

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    1. Jade, I’m getting that way myself! I’m so glad to hear you say this. I can see this type of composition becoming very addictive and really wanting to explore it and see what else I can do. Circles also speak to me in the same way. I’m so glad you stopped by and commented. Really happy you like this! It is propped up on my desk here in the office and I just really love it. I don’t feel that way about everything I make by a long shot, but this piece…..I just want to stare and stare at those amazing colors! Really loving the Golden stuff. Thanks again for your comment. ❤

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  6. Beautiful experiment with your 6×6 and new acrylics. I have a few of those Golden acrylics and enjoy their quality, smoothness and how they go on – the colors are gorgeously vibrant compared to what I’m used too with some of my OPs A very nice client – they know the perfect way to make your day!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mary! He is a very kind person and I was so thrilled with his generous gift. Love these paints! I’ve been meaning to ask you…..your acrylic work is so beautiful. Did you start purely by experimentation, or did you see a book or video that seemed to really help you? I think I’d keel over if I could produce realistic acrylic work anywhere close to being as beautiful as yours! Also, do you recommend any particular size or type of brush? I recently ordered a few Princetons after the angled bright I got from the artist at Blick’s recommendation. I really loved that one and so I ordered a few others in that line but would love to get your thoughts on this.

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      1. Hi Laura, thank you for your compliments – you are awfully nice. I’m probably not going to be much help, because I’m slowly learning myself and have set aside color for a short time to concentrate on drawing. Many of the books that I have deal with art concepts in general, subject specific, by an certain artist, or medium specific (oil pastels, oil, drawing – graphite/charcoal). So far I haven’t purchased a book for acrylics – I plan to at some later date because there are a lot of questions I have about painting that are specific to the medium. Many of what I learned from the above resources I interpreted for the acrylic paintings I did. I have done some research so far for acrylics by watching many video’s online that helped with those first few paintings in acrylic. Some of them were from: Lachri (that you are watching), Robert Hagan (wonderful techniques and just gorgeous works), many others but I don’t have their names down. The youtube video’s are an incredible resource that have been invaluable in helping me to develop. I too have some of the Princeton brushes, many of what I have used were cheap buys at Hobby Lobby – I didn’t want to go all out on purchasing brushes until I’m sold that I’ll do more acrylic painting. I really did enjoy painting with acrylic though.
        I love what you are producing these days with the acrylics, exciting to see how far you are stretching (particularly the abstracts, I’ve yet to do one) – beautiful pieces!!

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        1. Thanks so much, Mary, for your generous comment and for the tips on how you got started. I was talking to my sister yesterday about acrylic painting and mentioned how you were able to look like a pro in no time with this medium! I’m always stunned by your work. Thanks again for your help and guidance, as always. ❤

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          1. You are too kind Laura. Really not a pro as I continue to find my way around all the mediums I work with. For me it’s a matter of applying the same general art concepts to each medium, because the concepts won’t change. It’s the tools used in creating with each medium that is my challenge . . . how to get a certain look. Your work is beautiful, the portraits human and animals they are just great, as are your abstracts and florals in color. Keep on keeping on, because art seems to come naturally for you and I’m excited to see where you take it. Thanks again always appreciate your encouraging support!! Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thanks so much, Connie! You’re very kind. I think when the right paint and paper and brush come together at the right time, it can be amazing what happens. I was really happy with this one. Have you tried working abstractly yet? I know you were toying with the idea at one point.

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      1. No, I’m still in Florida and all my art supplies are back home. All I brought down was my camera. I should be home in May, but everything must be put on hold, until after surgery. It will be my fifteenth spinal surgery. I’m fused 100 percent in my cervical and lower back. A main screw has loosened and a vertebra slipped forward. I hope during recovery, I can dabble around in abstract and watercolor. Never painted with watercolor, and I heard it’s one of the hardest mediums to work with. I should be back on my feet in a couple of moths after surgery.

        Have a great Easter, and I look forward seeing much more of your art work.

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        1. My goodness, Connie! Sending prayers up for you. I think watercolor can be lots of fun and should work well for your recovery. All you might need is a little Cotman paintbox, something like this one: http://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-cotman-watercolors-sets/ and you could work in it while your body recovers. It can be hard if you’re attempting to render subjects with lots of white. But if you just want to do some watercolor sketching in a journal, a little box like that would be fun, and easy to do while you’re laid up. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my work. That’s a huge compliment, coming from you! I wish you the best in your recovery and Happy Easter!

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          1. Thank you. I bought that before I came down here, but decided to leave it home. Warm weather, camera in hand, I didn’t think I’d get any painting done.

            Laura thank you for prayers.🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

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  7. Hi Laura,
    Lucky you! I don’t know if anyone else has suggested this in the comments but you should also check out Patti Brady’s tutorials on YouTube, she knows her stuff and the little videos are so inspirational. xx

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  8. laura, just was comparing the light mid dark tonal value ratio balance of This one, to your most recent one.
    as you see here, this one, has a more perfect balanced ratio of LIGHT mid dark.
    the Light tones, make this image sing with joy and life and love and it breathes!!
    if, you went back to the other one, and put wee touches, judiciously, one or two areas, of Lighter tones into that painting – it too would then begin to have a similar Life and jubilation singing thru it. (in my opinion) 3d

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