Winter into Spring!

Playing around with that wonderful introductory box of Golden acrylics…..and really enjoying the grid composition lately on the 6×6″ acrylic canvas papers by Strathmore.

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Looking forward to having more time outside the office to create and to catch up on all of your blogs! Happy Monday and I hope you all have a fabulous week. Peace.

93 thoughts on “Winter into Spring!

    1. Thanks, Jodi! Oh, they are so wonderful for abstracts! (I still can’t imagine painting realistically with them lol but I really admire people who can.) So much fun to play with color. I can’t think of anything better! Really glad you enjoyed this! These “window” compositions are jazzing me these days.

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    1. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing your powerful and moving response to this painting. I really appreciate it. I was having a “coming out of the dark” feeling as I was painting it. Abstracts can be wonderful journeys into and through the mind.

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    1. Thanks, Carmel! Ooh, a soap opera is forming … lol. I really enjoy throwing a whole bunch of color together. It may be a bit of overkill but I love that they won’t move unless I blend them together. Appreciating the benefits of acrylics!

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  1. YAY Laura!!! You are ROCKING it with the abstracts! I’m amazed how you can do such beautiful work on such a small piece of paper! Just think of how GLORIOUS it will be when you start painting BIG! πŸ˜ƒ I have missed your experiments lately! πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸŽ¨πŸ£

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    1. Jill, thank you so much! Big surfaces actually scare me! I don’t know if I’ll ever be bold like you, with this or any medium, but I do have a goal. I have a smallish wall in my conference room that currently has a few small art quilts I made to be a series. It’s ok but a big beautiful abstract acrylic would be gorgeous on that wall. Ok, I should say if it turns out like the vision in my head it would be gorgeous lol! Anyway before next January, my goal is to produce something big and bold and beautiful that would still look like it belongs in a professional space. Not sure if I can even do it, but it’s pretty amazing I’m doing what I’m doing at all at this point so may as well dream big! I really admire your big paintings. I think you really have a flair and you are fearless! And I really think you’ve found a sweet spot in your florals. They are really something! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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      1. I have been struggling lately with my 3rd flower painting. I’m probably over thinking things. 😜 I’m not sure this is ME as I have been painting in someone else’s “style” and when I try to branch out on my own, I get frustrated. I’d like to figure out my style – and maybe that is just creating art and having FUN! 😍🎨🌈

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        1. I understand totally what you are saying. They can’t all be home runs though. I think it’d get boring if it was too easy. Have you ever thought about doing a 30-day painting challenge, Jill? You wouldn’t have to announce it, because maybe then it would start to feel pressure-ish, and they wouldn’t have to be all big paintings or anything like that either. But I just wonder if you did a little flower even, just something small, or just a painting of any subject every day for a month, maybe you’d start to find your style that way?

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            1. You’re welcome, Jill! I plan to do something similar. I’d love to commit to a small painting a day, every day! But I don’t want to feel pressured. But…abstracts are so freeing. Not pressure-y at all. Right? So when all else fails, leaf through an art book and abstract your thoughts. (Talking to myself now, but I bet this would work for you too.) Wouldn’t it be cool to do just one small painting a day? I started doing one quick drawing a day last May(ish) and my drawing skills really improved. It took awhile but I feel like I am finally starting to find my style. Or at least, some semblance of it. But I think doing it daily really helps. Especially when our memories aren’t what they used to be lol. At least you’ll remember tomorrow what you learned when you painted today.

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              1. I think painting or creating daily has been good practice for me too. I like so many different art mediums I find it hard to focus on just one. And maybe that is OK. I am going to brain storm on some ideas today. πŸ˜„ I thank you for helping me figure this out in my brain! πŸŽ¨πŸ‘

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                1. Yes, Jill, sounds good! I know what you mean about liking lots of mediums. I think we’re the same. The thing is, for me at least, I feel painting is my weakest and that’s probably where I need to practice more. I remember last July when I painted every day in watercolor. I learned so much (but have probably forgot a lot of it lol). I think now, I’d probably want to paint daily but not restrict myself as to medium. Definitely need to play more with those acrylics. Particularly the Golden ones! Jill, you are so right about them, they’re like magic! Which type do you prefer? Do you like the Open ones best, heavy body, high flow or fluid? I’m trying to decide lol. I just know I want to buy some purples. Must be a spring thing but it’s all I can think about lately is purple acrylics! I’m glad I was able to help sort this through for you. I am definitely art-ADD so it helps me, too, to talk this out!

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                    1. It really does! I can’t believe how potent those colors are! Do you have a favorite color in the Golden line, Jill? I think quin magenta and hansa yellow light are my favorites so far. I’d love to hear yours! You have great taste! Any suggestions of what to buy, lol? hehe Not hard to convince me I “need” art supplies.

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                    2. I tend to like the brighter colors – I know this comes as a surprise to you! Lol! I love to mix the colors too. Lately, I have been loving the Cobalt Turquois, Pyrrole Orange, Cad Yellow Med Hue and Dioxazine Purple. And the Naphthol Red Light. I also like the Quin Magenta! It is hard to choose a favorite! I like to buy the 4 oz sizes as they go further for the cost. I buy a few at a time at Dick Blick. πŸ˜ƒπŸŽ¨

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    1. Thanks so much, Mary! I’m really enjoying this window series. It is so much fun to just play with color and not worry about making something the right shape. Representational art it gorgeous but sometimes playing is really so wonderful and freeing. I’m really glad you like this! I always take it as a huge compliment anytime you like what I’m doing. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me, Mary. πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’›

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  2. The life and light of the spring transforming the dark winter evenings… or maybe we’re looking in and it’s just some people having a wild disco πŸ˜‰ Either way, a joy indeed – beautiful stuff!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I’m so glad you see it that way. The cool thing about this painting is if you turn it to the light, there are three gold crosses in there too. Most people would never know they’re there, but I love it that they are. I’m really glad you like this!

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    1. Thanks, Kerfe! I did another one that day also, but it turned out dark and very green. Too green. I was about to abandon it or trash it, then I remembered its acrylic! And so I went in with some yellows and I think quin magenta and lightened it some. I still think it’s a broody piece but I may post it later this week. I need to really change up the shapes though. Shapewise,it’s too much like this one. This one was also almost abandoned. Acrylics are save able and do over able and this is something I really love about them. I hate wasting time and paper with watercolor. Not that I’ll probably ever give it up but sometimes you just can’t save them! Glad you like my windows, Ms. Grid! πŸ’œ

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    1. I’m hanging in and hope you are too, Charlie! I’m so glad you like this. I could do these paintings allllll day long. They are so much fun. I had to rescue both of the “windows” I painted on Easter, but it was so nice to be able to do it. I’m finding tremendous freedom in acrylics. I may try oils next lol! Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me with your Charlie-goodness, bro. πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸŽ¨πŸ‘πŸ»

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      1. Hehe… You just go and grab whatever medium moves you sis! That’s awesome! I’m pretty boring with my simple little kit that I don’t deviate from. But I just find my magic in watercolor. But I would love to see your oils! The way you play with color is beautiful, you should definitely try it! πŸ˜‰πŸ’œπŸŽ¨

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        1. You’re not boring Charlie! You always keep it fresh. And you really have a gift for WC. I love it but sometimes it frustrates the heck outta me. Maybe if I did it every day, I’d get used to it and it wouldn’t but at this time of year I won’t risk it. I’m plucky and tired enough as it is lol. Acrylics are the great release for me right now. It’s a good thing we’re all good at different things and don’t all focus on the same type of subject, etc., or museums would be pretty boring places! πŸ’œπŸŽ¨β€οΈ

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    1. Oh what a kind comment, thank you Denis! I’m so glad you like this. The colors are just so amazing and acrylics are so much easier than watercolor in that I’m less likely to make mud by putting yellow next to purple. Anything that gives me freedom is a good thing! I hope you are well over there in Oz.

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    1. Aw thanks jenny! I’m so glad you like it! I have so much to learn but I love color and just playing with it. Sometimes the results aren’t quite as nice lol but I was happy with this one. It’s nice to be able to save a painting if it’s not too far gone. In acrylic, that is. I hope it warms up for you soon!

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  3. hi Laura, I’m sorry I missed this one!
    Monday was the day at specialists, thats why. oops. Love the window Interior’s colors, design patterns! so lovely!
    my fav Goldens are Indanthrone blue, quinacridone azo yellow and orange, ultramarine, quin magenta, quin burnt sienna/orange…. but I cant live without the Indanthrone!
    for feedback on your window….
    one thing I could mention… is there could be more (20% or so) Lighter Tones.
    the overall light mid dark ratios are just a wee bit on the ‘darker/mid’ side and not quite there for the ‘Light tone.’ White paint. could be a solution. white mixed with the yellow, even better.
    * I love your window series, the thought concept, and colors you are using (LL)

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    1. I was thinking about you, wondering if you were ok, and then I saw you later so I figured all was well. Thanks so much for your thoughts, Debi. This is why I appreciate them so much because the constructive criticism is really what I need. It’s nice to hear that someone likes a painting and it makes me really happy. But I want to get really good at this. And comments like yours is how I learn. So thank You Very Much! Is that a good rule of thumb for paintings in general, Debi? 20-30% light? Should the darks be 20% too? Thank you so much too for the 3D color tips! I don’t have Indanthrone, will have to remedy that right away!! And take a look at a few of those others I may need to snag also. Thanks again 3D Wonderment! More windows to come! I have one I’ve not posted yet and now I know what’s wrong with that one too. It’s also too dark. Thank you Dear Debi Delight!!! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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      1. where to start…hehehe. I like to say, try for 70% light (hoping to get 50%) we normally find it easy to go too dark. and it depends if you want a high key or a low key painting… Another can of worms there. positive, encouraging feedback helps artists GROW. negative remarks are bad. Only giving praise all the time, never telling the truth in a gentle way, isn’t helpful to improve either. I teach. but try to do it softly.as my personality allows! lol
        I love your willingness to Explore. to tell a Message!! amen! πŸ™‚ how you are full of color and light. ((LL)) 3d

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    1. lol, aw thanks, Tierney, glad you missed me! :)) Do you normally get emails when I post? Because I’m not showing you as a new follower. Maybe you were already one, but just in email. I haven’t bee posting daily lately, been too busy with work (I do taxes for a living). Thanks for popping by and bringing smiles along. :))

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