Summer’s Calling Card: May Madness Day 22

This began as a color experiment trying watercolor over an acrylic wash on watercolor paper, and turned into a pure acrylic painting.   I am in love with color of all flavors.  This is Golden acrylics in heavy body, fluid, and high flow on a 3″ x 4″ sample of 260 lb. Arches cold-press watercolor paper graciously provided to me by one of the artists at Blick.

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I started by soaking the paper with a wash of Golden fluid and high-flow acrylic paint, dried that with a hair dryer, and decided to go back in with more acrylic instead of watercolor.   I put some purple heavy body paint down in Cobalt Violet hue mixed with a bit of Titan Buff in places, sprayed it with a small spray bottle, and it seemed to declare itself.   So, I tried to respond to what was in front of me, and brought out what I saw in the swirls of color, defining the shapes with light and dark tones.   I would love to know what you see.

Have a wonderful Sunday, and soak up all the peace and restoration your little hairy heart desires.    *flinging paint to the atmosphere*    ❤

114 thoughts on “Summer’s Calling Card: May Madness Day 22

      1. It’s like I’m above her, looking down over the top of her head. I’m calling her Priscilla. No idea why. That’s just the name that comes into my head. The fire she’s breathing is sort of circling around her. It’s almost like I’m riding on her back and she has her head lowered.

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  1. The fact that you “went with it” is so cool, that is the integral part of being an artist, bringing it all together, eyes, brain, hand and spirit. I see waves, playfulness and the little white capped wave on its way tells me that this painting isn’t over yet! I love so many little segments of it. I always want to be able to view these larger so that I way I can really study it. I’ll try clicking on it. Also, put your artwork front and center on your page….I think that you need to be bold! know what I mean? I love your art Laura! love! 🙂 oh…..and it would be neat if you can do a close-up of your favorite part in your paintings. I know a blogger here that has these beautiful paintings and she will have several close-ups of her paintings. I should find out who and give you that link. Anyway, something that I have been thinking about for myself as well. Boy, this is long, sorry. lol

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    1. If you click on it it’ll get bigger for sure. Glad you like it, Margaret! I do need to be more bold and I am not there yet. Bigger paper bigger brush bigger canvas I need to do all of that but right now I am at small and small is do-able. The rest is overwhelming and I quit before I start. I want to tell you also that I am rethinking the June thing. I definitely want to do the July paint every day one but not sure if the June one is going to work. Maybe July won’t either but I am going to shoot for that one. I will still try to post every day in June but I think the painting has overtaken my drawing and I feel like I need to get back to my faces. Not sure if I will ever feel comfortable painting faces but I do love drawing them. Regardless, I’ll be cheering you on, Margaret! I am loving your watercolor love affair, it gives me hope too! 💛

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      1. I keep forgetting that I can click on the photo to enlarge it! silly me….Oh, I thought you were going to do faces but drawing….it is still a challenge, right? You aren’t going back on anything. I have had to re-think my June challenge but instead of every other day of posting, I will be posting twice a week (or more) and my focus will be painting the human body, faces and animals in watercolor. I will also continue on with plein air painting in watercolor. I will think about July as to what I will challenge myself with. Onward march!

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        1. I had originally thought of alternating drawing with painting and painting more than drawing in June. Now I’m not sure. What I’ve noticed in May with this challenge is first, I really enjoy it, but second, I’m not getting a whole lot else done. I have lots of stuff I need to do both work-wise and around the house and they’re not getting done because I’m so excited about painting! I love blogging but I spend a lot of time on here socializing when I should be working or arting. I think maybe we’ve both found this. This weekend I’ve been pooped. Not sure if I’m sick or exhausted. I really need to be focusing on my main job right now, been pushing too many things to the side. Faces for me aren’t as time-consuming as painting is right now. I’d like to keep painting daily but right now I don’t think it’s working out time-wise and energy-wise. And sleep-wise lol. I really like what you’re shooting for for June. It sounds great and I 100% know that I will love watching you and hopefully doing some figure work as well – not sure if faces count as the figure, I guess so huh? Who knows, I don’t know the art terms for sure.

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          1. I hear you! I have been exhausted and my eyes have been taking the brunt of it. I also have tons of chores that I have been putting off. My outdoor work is just sitting there waiting for me. At least it has rained the last few days and it helps with the pressure. I am hoping that just posting twice a week will help with giving more balance to my life and allowing myself to get chores done. I couldn’t have done this a few years ago because I was working part time….no way! Anyhow, I am also wanting to work on my art without the pressure of posting every single day, that would be nice. Portraits means focusing on the face, figure is well, the body or figure. 🙂 these challenges shouldn’t be kicking our butts but helping us to grow. With that in mind, I will be watching that I don’t get over-whelmed or over-tired, same for you. 🙂

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            1. I have two businesses so you feel me. Really need to spend more time on the main one lol. My husband does the outside (and too much of the inside) work. I’m still trying to eliminate/find foods that don’t agree. It’s a process. Will get there. Want it to be yesterday. I remember you talking about everything that wasn’t getting done. I do understand lol. I am not good at balancing. I try to do everything. Not good lol. Well in some ways it’s good. 💛

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              1. Oh I do understand! you must be exhausted. I was trying not to get on-line on Sundays but already I have gone against that rule! I am learning slowly what to let go and try for balance. It is hard especially when I have been having so much fun with watercolor…..what a taskmaster! ugh….caught into the evil clutches of Mr. watercolor! lol

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                1. Margaret’s painted in pastels a fair while, as I’ve been painting some time too. so that does make a difference. But, (older with issues) still… makes additional Challenges – a struggle. thats ok. 3 days left!!!

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                1. Posting every day is a lot easier than painting every day IMO, but both are tough and time-consuming. Painting every day is wonderful and I would love if it were my FT job. But I think we are mankind’s recyclers. And it does take energy to take something and turn it into something else. It’s wonderful to be able to do it though. When I can sit down sad or upset or even mad and walk away refreshed and feeling like a million bucks, and have a piece of artwork to show for it? Pretty much a miracle in my book.

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                    1. Thanks, Margaret! My husband says crows are nature’s recyclers (because they’ll eat pretty much whatever he puts out for them) but I think artists are recyclers of gunk. Just atmospheric haze and bad news and the ugliness that is, that will always be. Negative everything. We turn it into something beautiful. It’s a cool job to have! We play an essential role. We need more of us. An army of artists. 👍🏼🎨😎💃🏻

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                    1. I am a determined little thing! lol now i have 2 days left….. i can do. i will do…. like the little engine. anyway… then I will have some ‘easy days and easy LAZY’ posts! not my normal ‘long’ ones. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I did like it but I think for acrylic paint, it’s probably better to go heavier. I’ve never tried acrylics on 140# WC paper, have you? I really saturated the paper though but I thought it would stay flat because it was heavier. It didn’t. I’ve never used it before but it was one of the papers in the sample they sent. I’d never heard it existed. Always learning something new in this art world lol.

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      1. Sorry I’m a bit late in responding, Laura! I had to think about it a bit… My memory is not what it used to be! 😉 Yes, I have used acrylics on 140 lb hot press paper – in fact, my favorite paper for my Gelli plate printing is on 90 lb hot press paper. I do think it is all about how you are going to use the finished piece. For collage papers, I do like something light in weight. Hope this helps answer your question. I missed seeing your post today – Monday, I hope you are doing OK. ❤️🎨

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        1. Thanks, Jill! Oh we could both write a book about memory. Thanks for the tips, as always. I don’t tend to use hot press paper much but sounds like I need to rethink that! I’m feeling better today than yesterday but still weak and pooped. Prayers appreciated, friend. I hope all’s well on your end too. 💜😎

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        2. I spoke to Patrick again the other day, he’s the artist at Blick who sent me all of the samples. That sample was mislabeled, I think he said it was actually a bit lighter than 140#. I think it should have said 260gsm instead. I believe 140# is 300gsm. So there you have it. The world makes a bit more sense again. I was wondering how this curled up if it’s almost 300#. I was blaming it on acrylics as I’ve never tried to paint Ac on WC paper before.

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          1. Yes, this makes more sense to me too! Thanks, Laura! 😄 I am also trying out cradled wood board for some of my acrylics and collage pieces. You might like this surface too. I will try to post something on it next week.

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  2. My eyes are very happy at the moment. I’m in love with all of these colors Laura. This little painting would look lovely in a shadow box raised a bit and floating in the frame. Your beautiful art work brings lot of joy our way!

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  3. Gorgeous, Laura! 💕😃Love seeing your experiments, your ideas are so great! That day i just had a glimpse at your post but was quite busy to dig in but today i wanted to look it closer so scrolled down and i got it ! So So lovely it is! the colors are so inspiring!

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      1. if a virus, well rest should fix it. That ‘reacting to yet another food’ issue…. hits home with me. and I hear you loud and clear. there isn’t much left to delete. So rest, recover, God Bless! ((LL)) 3d

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        1. Thanks, Debi, prayers appreciated, friend! I don’t get sick often but when I do it’s usually about a week. I do start to feel I may be on the mend today as the fever has come down and other symptoms are easing slowly. Patience, I remind myself. And thank Him for healing. 💜

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    1. Aw what a beautiful interpretation, thank you, sweet friend! Love it!

      I sent a reply on your post but WP may have deleted it because now it’s not saying I’ve replied or anything so I thought I’d reply here where I can see it immediately. I checked but I don’t have any emails from you. Can you resend it?

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  4. These colours are amazing, Laura, and the fact that you play around with them so much and so productively is a constant inspiration for me. Which is why I have nominated you for a Liebster Award! Liebster is a German word and means ‘most favourite’. The award’s goal is to make high-quality blogs more widely known. There are a couple of questions attached to the award which the winner is invited to answer so that everyone gets to know the blogger behind the blog better. I hope you will accept the award and tell us more about your creative work! You can find the questions here (toward the bottom) https://antjebednarekgilland.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/thank-you-for-the-liebster-award/ Cheers!

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