Revival: May Madness Day 15

This is Life #2 of a painting I posted back on Day 5 (Walk in the Woods).   Maybe I’ll call this Leaping through the Landscape?   I’m still not sure if this one has found its final incarnation, but since I’m having lots of fun playing with Golden acrylics, it’s all good!

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I think my painting buddy Debi Riley would probably say it needs more Light.  And that’s probably right.   But I like the background underneath, and don’t want to obliterate it completely.   So I’ve been making acrylic glazes with glazing liquid and transparent pigments……which doesn’t seem to do a whole lot to lighten.   Titanium white and Titan buff would lighten but are much more opaque.   Maybe this piece needs a unifying layer, but I don’t want to lose the background totally.   Suggestions welcome!

I will post the May 8 Draw a Bird Day roundup later on today, celebrating everyone’s lovely bird art!   Have a wonderful, restful spring Sunday.   Peace.

53 thoughts on “Revival: May Madness Day 15

    1. Thanks to the power of digital images, the prior one will always be there hehe. Not always easy to get a painting out every day and so I’m inclined to paint over old ones I didn’t like as well in that process. I like having a rich background and wanted to cool this one down. Not saying it worked out but you live and learn.

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  1. Naples yellow is a lovely warm alternative to titanium white – or you could look at zinc white which isn’t as opaque as titanium. I don’t think any of these I mention are transparent though, but perhaps glazing with opaque is an experiment? You can always give it a squirt of water and wipe it off if you hate it!

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  2. love the base and the design, gorgeous scarlet curves! …..did you know… you can ‘rub’ a white into the painting to create a pale glaze effect, that does not obliterate the underneath layer? Must be vigorous in rubbing, skimpy on the paint, and fast with a sponge to wipe it off (if needed) BUT… works great. its like a bride’s veil. you can still see her face, its just lightly veiled.

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  3. You covered up the fierce passion painting!!?? It now has become a landscapey looking painting. It is lovely but I’m sad you covered up one I loved. 😔But hey. It is Laura’s art and you get to do what you want. 😉💜

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    1. Yeah it’s not easy to come up with a painting to post every day. I’m not a big fan of hot, hot, hot and I was trying to cool it down. Not saying I succeeded but it’s all a learning process. Thanks to digital images, you’ll always be able to see it here on the blog in its first life. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. The fluid acrylics seem to really like water and I always have a mini mister bottle near to hand. It does create a nice effect when I stay out of the way enough and don’t get too close to the painting with the bottle. I appreciate your feedback.

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  4. I am so loving your abstracty landscapes….I could see more light and I haven’t done a lot of acrylics but I like the glazing idea…I think it was mentioned and perhaps like Debi and Vicki mentioned…..though perhaps the yellow? Does it feel like you have found your niche with abstracts?

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    1. Margaret, I do love abstract work of all kinds. I find it is helping me to get to know my paints. Takes the pressure off for me and allows me to paint my emotions. I really enjoy it. But saying that, I love realistic work. I love drawing in pen and pencil and even colored pencil. I just don’t feel that my painting skills have ever caught up to my drawing. However, I have not painted nearly as often! But painting is much harder and harder to get the values down.

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  5. Oh my dear Laura, I love it as is. It calls out to me, “a little stream whose waters run to the horizon, reflecting its banks on both sides of green and red maple trees, wild sunflowers and a fringe of purple thistle. All the tarnished brightness of an Autumn day”

    Connie

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  6. I agree with Sharon, I like the yellow peaking through as it adds a little mystery to the piece and a nice focal point. It has a flowing feel to me like lava. It’s beautiful Laura! 🎨💕😄 And good idea to push a painting further – did you enjoy it? 😍

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    1. Thanks, Charlie! You and others who paint daily have inspired me! I am thinking of going through June and who knows, for July I just may do watercolor each day all month! I’m thinking about adding more wc in; I really need to get more comfortable with it. I do love it so….I just feel that it doesn’t love me lol. ❤

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        1. Charlie, last July, I did. It was mostly discouraging. I guess it’s been a year now, but I haven’t forgotten lol! Yes, definitely this July is a good time to be watercolor painting! 😀 Maybe there are others who would like to join us in painting every day in wc that month??

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  7. Painting incarnations are fantastic and so are yours. Loved the first edition, vibrant and bold, love this version too with its layers of color and mystery. It shows that you are enjoying your adventures with acrylics…learning, evolving, experimenting…all part of the fun creative process. Paint on friend!

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  8. Im loving the mix of colors you achieved playing with layers and glazes. Maybe you just need to introduce some darker contrasting colors, but otherwise I think this is just spectacular. Keep experimenting with your acrylic Laura.

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