Showers: Blue Green Yellow

When it’s cloudy and rainy, make lemonade, I say. Or at least, add lemon yellow into a crazy wild abstract painting!

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This began with molding paste, moved to fluid acrylics, then high flow paint.….and a spray misting bottle. Oh, and a palette knife and the back of a paintbrush for the lines. Not sure I’d be posting this if it weren’t for the May Madness Month of painting daily with Margaret & Debi…….but the nice thing about acrylics is, I can always cover all or part of it up and have a “do over”!    I’d love to get your vote.   Leave it alone, or do over?    You guys get to choose.

This was my first time experimenting with a gessobord, made by Ampersand.    This one is a 5 inch square.  It reminds me of masonite with a hard, ceramic-like(?) finish and then gesso is added and in the process, it becomes an archival surface.   It allows for correction and paint can be blotted off the surface, which makes it great for a beginner.    Vicki Hutchins was recently doing some experiments on another surface also made by Ampersand, called claybord.   (Hers are just stunning; please go check out her site!)   Vicki, maybe if I play around with this a few more times, I may produce something as gorgeous as the stuff you’re doing!    You inspire me to reach higher.   This surface is way different from anything I’ve tried before, and I’ll be curious what the next experiment (or this one, reworked) brings.

Peace and Happy Monday to all!    Dance like you mean it.

66 thoughts on “Showers: Blue Green Yellow

  1. Laura – this has wonderful light. Great patterns and design. I would NOT, do over!
    the painting at edges though, seem to be of a much sharper contrast than the rest of the image.
    WHAT IF……… you just nudged those darks into lighter tones? maybe with gesso glazes? that way its like a soft, vortex – a vignette that pulls your eye IN …. what do you think?

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    1. That sounds wonderful, Debi! I’m so glad you took a look at this and offered constructive criticism. This is the only way I’m going to learn. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Very much. I definitely felt it had gone too dark. After it dried, I tried to put my “Debi eyes” on and look….and felt that’s what you’d say, that it didn’t have the right percentage of light areas. My “window” pieces usually have a darker border, and I think of these windows almost like quilts. When I’m finished, I’m usually wanting to add a border. Then I tried adding vits of that color to the inside for continuity and that improved it. But I still felt like something wasn’t right at the end and I wasn’t sure it could be fixed. Thanks again for a great suggestion! (((((3d)))))

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      1. I don’t want to overly sway you!! lol its only (my) thought; and really its the artists own vision of the piece that truly matters. I know your windows normally have that darker border, so its a creator call. ((LL)) 3d

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  2. I like it, and I like the dark border too. Very gridlike!
    I think Claudia McGill may use gessoboard, or something similar, for her small paintings. Looks like a good surface, and a good size for quick thoughts! (K)

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    1. Thanks Kerfe. I was thinking of you when I defined the lines with the other end of the paintbrush! Thinking of your beautiful collages. (And lately, I’ve been pausing O’s games and making occasional sketches of those amazing action shots you do when the body comes in line so beautifully. Baseball is poetry in motion if you think about it. Thanks for the inspiration!)

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  3. Off to a great start with painting every day, I have no idea how you manage it, but I need the secret, he he, although I do paint pretty much daily, I struggle to also post things to my blog….more hours needed, and I don’t want to get up earlier than my 6 am rise, you have really taken to the acrylics, I am on the oils, so I guess that’s why I am slow at the moment? Just about to post two older paintings that I had forgotten to finish, and trying out a painting on something different?? I will tell all during the week if it works, fingers crossed.

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    1. Honestly, Rebecca, blogging is a huge time sucker. I get in here and see everyone’s work and I just wanna stare and comment and encourage and just drink it all in. It’s inspirational and motivational and keeps me wanting to reach higher when I see everyone making beautiful things! But no doubt it is hard to work in and manage the rest of the day around it because I keep wanting to check and see how a post is doing, what the reactions are to it. I’m often surprised, like with this one, at the reactions compared to my own. Sometimes similar, sometimes way different! Oils I think would be lots of fun but I think you said you have several going at once due to the waiting times? I sometimes don’t even have the patience for a thin layer of molding paste to dry (as with this piece), so … yeah I don’t know how you do it but there are always different mediums to dive more quickly in and out of too. (Neos! hehe) I’ll be really curious to see what you’ll be posting soon. Crossing my fingers with you!

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      1. Interestingly, my new project has allowed the oils to dry in one day?? Weird, just need to add a layer, then I will post ( I have three started yesterday and hope to finish tomorrow )although all the ponies have the farrier, so I will not have much time to paint in the day. I did rush them all, as it is experimental, so not hugely detailed work…..i will enlighten you soon, either way, if it is a success or not I will post it.

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  4. Are you absolutely CRAZY!!!???? This might be my favorite in the series so far. DO NOT COVER UP! This one has so much feeling and emotion, fluidity, depth…. At first it felt cold, then rainy and stormy, then dreamy, then like of another universe. I ADORE IT! Bravo!

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    1. Wow, seriously, Jodi?! Woot! Thanks! I wonder if I’m attaching this to the phone conversation I was having while painting…..in which I was listening (and feeling) someone’s sadness and wishing I could just make it all better for them. I see my anger and frustration when I look at this. I’m so glad you love it! Thank you for letting me know! What about the border around the outside? Do you think it needs more light tones? ((((((Jodi)))))) 💙

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      1. I don’t – I like it dark on the outside and it draws you in…. to the light…. and dreaminess…and craziness – almost altered world state. 🙂 like another dimension.

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  5. I like it just the way it is. I hope someday I have a bit of that same sort of creative “freedom” in my art. As a beginner, I’m still caught up in doing what I think I’m “supposed” to do. It’s inspiring to see paintings that express something beyond the ordinary.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for that comment! I’m starting to see this painting in a whole new light! This one has quite a lot of emotion in it from a phone conversation I was having at the time with someone quite upset (and rightfully so)…..and I think I’m seeing my own feelings when I look at this one. So it’s hard for me to detach, if that makes any sense.

      I hear you very loudly re: doing what you’re “supposed” to do. I definitely was tied to that at the beginning as well. I think that the act of doing it, and finding your passion and really chasing after it, getting a subject in front of you that you have strong feelings about and a medium in your hand that speaks to you…..putting those together on a consistent basis, IMO is key. Hopefully that helps you break the “supposed to” barrier. My two cents, I hope it helps! And again, thank you for taking the time to give me your feedback!

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      1. I really appreciate your comments about find passion and having strong feelings for what I’m painting. That’s where I want to be. I feel I don’t have enough basic skills yet to be really free, so I’m working now on mastering those first steps — brush strokes, water/paint ratios, color mixing. Of course, I love “playing around”, too. 🙂

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            1. Thank you, and I would appreciate the same in return. Constructive criticism is the best, and even though I ask for it on my comment box, people shy away from giving anything but praise. Most people are only looking for the compliments. This is a great sign of growth that you want more. Good for you. If I can help you, I will!

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  6. Laura. Don’t change a thing. You are going to have a body of work at the end of the month to review and ponder. You will see a transition in your art. This will be a very powerful and creative month. It takes courage to take this journey.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! I really appreciate your kind words. After further thought, I am considering a very pale glaze of yellow, perhaps over the whole thing. This is why I love acrylics so much. It never really has to be over. I know lots of people are clicking “like” to this, way more than I thought, but honestly, I still feel it’s too dark. I felt that way when I finished but we had stuff to do and I just had to call it a day at that point. I am really looking forward to some good, productive growth this month. Thanks, as always for shining your Light!

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  7. Don’t change it. It is a part of the process. Love your exploration. You can paint everyday. It just becomes a part of you and your day. I draw or paint everyday and have since Christmas 2013. I don’t post every sketch. I would rather spend the time sketching than posting.

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  8. Don’t change a thing!….I really liked what Debi calls “creator call” she has more phrases, I need a little notebook just to write them down. 🙂 I love the conversation here, I am with you, I want constructive criticism not compliments galore. I really liked what you wrote to Moon in Capricorn (what is your name btw?) if you get an idea that you are “suppose” to paint a certain way, it boggles the created mind and you can’t operate in real freedom. I couldn’t help but “like” the comments and replies. lol

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    1. So true, Margaret! We really do need less rules in life, and art is a great way to really attain that. I really do feel though that this one needs more light and so I’m contemplating a very thin glaze of a pale yellow to brighten it. I still don’t like it, no matter how encouraging and supportive everyone is being. I feel it is missing something and I think light is it. That’s why Debi’s comment resonated w/me right away. I really appreciate your feedback and dying to see what you’re posting!

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  9. Hi Laura – aw thank you so much for the mention, so kind!

    How did you find this surface compared to the paper? Board is my most preferred surface, I like the resistance it gives, but occasionally I like the “spring” of stretched canvas. Paper is my least favourite, but I’m probably not as adventurous as you, I forget to add gesso to it, for example! With board especially I like it because you can scratch into it, scrape it and create lots of lovely texture in layers.

    Your painting has lots of interest, I enlarged it so I could have a proper look! It has a good variety of tone, and I really love the colours, especially the yellow – the placement of this is perfect (at thirds), so great composition, and the cherry on the cake is the contrast between the yellow square with that dark blue slash running through it! Delicious!

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    1. Thanks so much for that wonderful feedback, Vicki, much appreciated! So far, the cotton canvas is my favorite. It was hard transitioning from the canvas paper to actual canvas, but now that I’ve done a few paintings on canvas, I actually prefer it. Although I still enjoy canvas paper! One thing I would still like to try is 300 lb. (638 gsm) watercolor paper. Have you ever tried acrylics on this? I really did like the ability to scratch in and that it allows me to really experiment with all of the acrylic texture samples I’ve really not even played around with at all yet (but dying to)! I’m really intrigued that board is your favorite of all. Maybe once I play around some more, I will grow to really love it. I do think having the hard resistance can be a really good thing. It’s the smoothness that is giving me pause right now, I think.

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      1. You’re welcome! I don’t think I have tried that weight of paper, but I’ve definitely used acrylic on water colour paper, no gesso. It stood up to it quite well I think, once the first couple of layers were on.
        Painting is a sensory thing for me – I think that’s why I like exploring with different supports…. Can’t wait to have a full painting day ahead of me again so I can play!

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  10. Hi Laura! I’ve been reading your comments this morning and learning so much from you and everyone! 😃 Lately I have been letting my mixed media paintings sit for a bit between layers so that I can see what changes I’d like to make. Taking a photo also helps me to truly SEE them. I recommend you do this and keep notes on what you like and dislike as you work on a painting. I also like to place the painting where I can see it daily. Kind of like having coffee with a friend. I also think having more than one painting going at a time can be beneficial. Just my two cents! 😊 I like your painting but it is you that needs to like it. 😃🎨👍

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    1. Wise words, thank you Jill! I think it can be a really good idea to wait between layers. “Awakening” is a recent post that I think benefited from that. I think that one was painted over three days, which for me is a very long time because I work very small and usually try to complete a painting in one sitting. I am finding though with acrylics that it is often beneficial to wait and it’s nice that the medium allows for that, and for covering up and changing things later much more IMO than WC (at least, the way I work with it). I also think that taking a picture and getting it ready to post here has more than once led to changes to a piece. I see things in the image I don’t see in the painting itself. I’m now concerned about adding the yellow glaze because it’s too green and I’d really like more blue to show, but don’t want to add more (phthalo) blue and darken it further. It will be interesting to see how this one changes, or doesn’t, and if I do decide to change it, I’ll post an update here. My goal for May though is to complete a painting a day and post it. As I begin to work larger though, I don’t think I’ll have that choice any longer. I’m thinking beyond 8×10″, which at this point, even though I have a couple large canvases now, I can’t imagine being able to cover them! I don’t know how you do it. I really admire you and others who can work large with such fearless confidence! 💛 Thanks as always for your feedback, Jill!

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  11. I love your description of your process! Can you tell me what you used in your spray bottle? Great colors.
    I always love love love texture, so if you happen to paint over it I think you have a lot to work with!

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  12. I should send you the 5 in square that I’m debating to scrap off tonight. After reading some of the comments (very helpful, probably should’ve done that first) I enlarged your painting. I saw exciting drama in your contrasts and texture. The vivid yellow against dark blue on the right. Love. A more calming blue tone in middle left helps to balance. Funny how i get excited to see what you do next. Your commitment is inspiring. Maybe I’ll have the courage to take up a worthwhile challenge as well. ; ) Oh, and I’m a canvas girl all the way. Especially if it’s large. Such a rush! Canvas on 2 inch wood deep cradle panel – love it too! I have not tried paper yet- on my to do list.

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  13. Wow! This looks like great fun and such a beauty! The texture on this must be wonderful and from what I can see there is a lovely expression of emotion and energy going on. What a wonderful adventure you are on and so exciting, looking forward to all your creative discoveries along the way. Peace.

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