May Madness Day 3: Exuberance!

More fun with a 5 x 5″ Gessobord by Ampersand, and acrylic paints by Golden.   This is what happiness looks like in my little corner of the world right now!

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Colors used: quinacridone red, quinacridone magenta, hansa yellow light, quinacridone nickel azo yellow

Have I mentioned I love quinacridones…..in any medium?    This one started out as another “window” painting, and went awry. I was getting discouraged, rubbed at a section with a wet paper towel, and quickly got right back down to the surface.    Then I remembered they’re designed to do that!    (You have to protect the surface with a fixative when finished.)  So I decided to run the whole thing under the sink faucet! Didn’t take too long and most of the old painting was gone. There was just enough left to give me a bit of underlying structure for this new one.

I started by getting the surface damp, then added some fluid acrylics and high flow paint (which are even thinner than the fluid acrylics, but still lusciously, densely pigmented). It was flowing well, and I liked the way it was developing, so I added more with the tip of my brush here and there to punch up the contrast and steer it a bit – but not too much, as I didn’t want any obvious brushstrokes to show.   Purple and yellow are my favorite colors in the world, but I didn’t want them to get too friendly and make mud, so I had to be a bit careful.   I sprayed the painting with a fine mister of plain water here and there and let the paint do its own thing.   At times while drying, I propped it up very slightly to pool areas of the painting in one direction or the other. That’s pretty much it! Sometimes the work I enjoy best comes from a place where it’s very organic and the medium does most of the work.   When it’s working like that, I just get out of the way as much as I can.

An artist whose books and DVDs I can highly recommend is Chris Cozen.   If you’re interested in painting with acrylics, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything she wrote or co-wrote.   “Acrylic Color Explorations” and “Acrylic Solutions” are two of my current favorites.   She is widely available in my local libraries, but I’ve purchased a couple of her books, and would definitely consider buying others.   They are very hands-on, and will get you experimenting and enjoying yourself quickly.   Her DVD lessons are all over Artist Network TV as well.   She is so inspirational.   I have seen them all, and pick up something new every time I re-watch.   She has a background in education, and it shows.   She is a wonderful communicator, and you’ll wanna run for your paint tubes every time you read her books or watch her lessons!

I hope you have a wonderful spring (or autumn) Tuesday, and that the paint, pencils, pigments, pen, whatever you love most gets to come out and play.  You deserve it.   We are creators and we are on the move!  Peace.

80 thoughts on “May Madness Day 3: Exuberance!

    1. Thanks, Kerfe! I think the paint makes a much better painting than when my hairy paintbrush gets involved too much lol. This surface almost begs for a flowing result like this. Fun experimenting, who knows where I’ll end up! Glad you stopped by to encourage, as always! 💜

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  1. Looks like happiness to me! I’m very familiar with running watercolor paintings under the faucet. That seems to happen to a lot of mine LOL. I wish I had your talent for turning them into beautiful works of art after they go through the faucet. Mine usually just turn into another mess. You’re showing me how to have fun, and that’s very inspiring.

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    1. Thanks, I’m glad you’re inspired! This surface is basically treated Masonite, so it’s nice and hard and responded well to the rinse. In the past, when I’ve rinsed watercolor paper from sheer frustration and had another go, the best I could produce is an abstract work. But you’re probably supposed to wait for the paper to dry a bit and God forbid I would ever do something that required patience! This surface is very forgiving and for that I’m grateful!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! That’s what I’m aiming for! And these colors just love each other so much. I’m really enjoying the transparent acrylic colors the most. I think that comes from working with watercolor for about a year before even trying acrylics. Still love the watery movement and the transparency and I’m glad I can still get that effect when I’m hungry for it. 💜 So glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. I want to dive into this colorful pool. Only day three and you are on fire with your painting! Art brings exuberance to our lives, and you just gave us a big blast of it this morning! Bravo Laura! 👯🌺

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! Isn’t it so amazing what the mediums will do if we just get out of the way and let them do it?! I just love that I began this painting with one intention and the work just swiped the paintbrush right outta my hand and took over! And I’m thanking God it did! It knew what it wanted to be. Really flying around the room just thinking about it! “Awakening” started the same way and decided it wanted to be something else entirely. I think maybe a year ago, I might have been upset, wanting to create what I sat down to create! Not anymore. I’ve learned to really embrace these moments! Thank you so much for your kind support, as always, my friend. 💜

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  3. I love the direction you are taking with your art. The colors and design are beautiful. Thanks for the information on Chris Cozen. I added her books to my Amazon wish list! Although I will also check out the library.

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    1. Thank you, Carmel! I feel like I’m on a ride, totally not steering the ship, and pretty darned happy about it! Oh, I do hope you’ll check out Chris’s work. She is amazing. It was after rewatching a lesson where she used a similar technique with water that I decided to go for it on this surface. 💜

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    1. Lol thanks Jodi!! Your swoon equals a Jill WOWZA in my head so I’m really thrilled you’re loving this one!! Aren’t the quins the best?! They’re my favorites in WC too! They move just the same in acrylic, when damp! 😍😃🎨🌻😎 I am just loving this abstract stuff. And ampersand boards, too, now I’m becoming more familiar with them!

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    1. Yay, thanks Charlie!! So glad you like it! I figured if nothing else, it’d wake people up! Oh, this was so much fun to do. Gave me a watercolor feeling but I find it easier not to make mud in acrylic. Maybe with more WC practice and skill, it would be easier too. I just love that watercolor effect and just watching to see what little touches need to be added, letting the medium do most of the work. Thanks for your Exuberant praise, my bro and friend! Means a lot! 💜💛😎🙇😍💐

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      1. I know what you mean… I have to really watch the watercolor mud!! hehe… it’s drying and layers that avoids it and I have zero patience along with zero time for that, so I just work in a circle and hope for the best with regard to drying when I get back to that spot! 😊LOL

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        1. I hear ya! I’d love to make a WC abstract all in one sitting just like this but I think I need more skill. It’s gotta all flow together, just not too together lol! Even patiently waiting for drying (like I could ever do that?) wouldn’t get the affect I’m looking for here – at least, not with me holding the brush! 🙀👍🎨🙇👏

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! This one was just one of those that came easy. It was meant to be and it was. Tonight was one of those other nights!! You know how that goes. Hehe. Trying to keep my sense of humor. Thanks for your encouragement; it’s much appreciated! 💜

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  4. An explosion of joy. Your painting makes me feel like summer is already here. Bright, bold and beautiful, as if the summer sun hits my the cosmos that will grow in my garden.

    “Sometimes the work I enjoy best comes from a place where it’s very organic and the medium does most of the work. When it’s working like that, I just get out of the way as much as I can.” I love it Laura…No Boundries = Much Expressiveness

    Connie

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  5. Wow!!!

    The shapes flow so well into and out of each other that it creates a sense of movement and makes the painting look alive. Combine that with the vibrant palette and I get this sense of energy, like you’ve somehow managed to capture joy and put it under a microscope.
    This is really powerful Laura!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jesse! Wow, I love the way you put that. So beautifully said and I’m so glad you see joy here because it was a joyful experience to create this! Did not take much water to get the paint to move on such a slick surface as the gessobord. Thank you for your comment. I hope you are sleeping now!

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            1. I will make it one of my Mother’s Day projects! Thx for the nudge. This one went over great, and I think it’d be cool when I open my Society6 shop – like for phone skins and bags and stuff like that. So glad you like! My daughter liked it too – and usually when the younger and older crowd likes something, I have a good feeling that maybe others might to. Wanting to launch an art shop(s) of some kind this year. Art won’t let me go (thank God).

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              1. For sure!
                I’d take it and run with it. You have a bunch of art that would work good in different formats (Shirts, phone cases, mugs, or a sweet throw pillow), I know you’ll do great. Shoot me a link to your store once you get it up and running. ❤

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  6. Gorgeous 70’s psychedelic! 🙂 I always love your pinks’, oranges’ and yellows’ creations, they instantly remind me of my daughter and that wild bedroom she decorated using those colors back while in high school. That room blazed! LOL

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      1. Yes, but on a smaller scale with custom greeting cards. 🙂 Although she & soninlaw are buying their first house next week, so maybe, just maybe, the bold colors could reappear when they start painting rooms! lol

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