Summer Glow: Abstract Acrylic as May Madness Continues!

I was out with a bug that had me down for days, but I’m starting to revive. I had a little time to paint last night, and really enjoyed it. I’ve been missing it!

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This was my first time painting on Blick’s line of cotton canvas panels.   This one was part of a 5-pack of 5×7″ panels that sells for $4.31 currently.   Seemed like a pretty good deal to me, so I snagged it.   I was really happy with the quality of this surface!   The only other I’ve tried I bought on sale at JoAnn’s, and that one I would not recommend, as there were obvious flaws in the canvas that I did not really notice until it was painted.   The Blick canvas was flaw free, sturdy, double-primed, and was a joy to paint on, so two thumbs up for Blick!   (Now that I am a Blick affiliate, I have to mention that I may receive a small percentage of purchases made through this link – but honestly, it wouldn’t change what I’m saying one bit, as I’ve been singing Blick’s praises since I started creating art nearly two years ago.)    Has anyone else had experience with these panels?   I’d love to get your thoughts, as this was only my first one, and I’m thinking of stocking up!

I keep coming back to quinacridone magenta and hansa yellow light, and just loving these shades together.   I’ve included indian yellow hue, quinacridone crimson, quinacridone violet, cobalt violet hue and a new color I’m really loving:  diarylide yellow (all by Golden).    Has anyone tried this color?   It reads like a vibrant, cheery yellow-orange.   Love it!    It really zipped up the happy in this piece, I think.    It helped me communicate the joy I feel to be painting again!    So it’s a new favorite for me.

Remembering all those who have served and passed, like my dad, a proud Navy veteran.    I want to thank our men and women in uniform who continue to serve and protect our freedoms today.   Peace to all.

87 thoughts on “Summer Glow: Abstract Acrylic as May Madness Continues!

  1. Glad you’re getting over your bug, and those cheerful colors really do have a glow about them. I have to ponder over the squares a bit and wonder if it’s symbolic of “putting things back together” in some way. Or then again, I see lots of windows, expressing lots of ways of looking out on the world. Amazing how much can be said with “non-representational” art. It can be so much more expressive than realism.

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    1. Thanks, Judith! I’ve been working on a series of “window” paintings and this is kind of a subset of that – at least, to my mind. I totally agree, abstract art is way more expressive, at least the way I make it. Golden acrylics really do glow. They are a bit more expensive, but IMO they are actually worth it. I would say those and Neocolors are both worth the extra charged by the brand name, having used both the name brand and off brands in those products. Being in the numbers business, I watch my spending, but those two things are worth it. And Arches paper! Can’t forget that. Glad you enjoyed it. It’s nice to be feeling better again!

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      1. It’s amazing to see all the different paints and crayons available. If only we could try them all! There’s just so much out there, and each medium offers so many possibilities. No way anyone could ever get tired of doing art. 🙂 There’s always something new.

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  2. GORGEOUS Loo! So glad to see you back! Glad you are feeling better. These are becoming your signature colors and style – love it! This almost looks like watercolor the way it blends! This is so bright and cheerful and Laura Looey! Would be beautiful in a grouping! Can you paint with watercolor on these panels?

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    1. Thanks so much, Jodi! I’m pretty sure these panels were designed for oils and acrylics, but I should try wc and see, who knows, I’ve done stranger experiments for sure lol. This is pretty much canvas on a panel vs. on stretcher bars. I’ve not heard of people painting w/wc on canvas….actually, now I think about it, I think the acrylic gesso most canvases and panels are primed with would act as a resist to wc paint. But for example, you could take light molding paste by Golden and texture that on this surface and then bam, you’ve turned it into a surface that’s absorbent for both wc and acrylics. And you could create cool textures with the light molding paste too, bonus! So if that’s the effect you were after, would work for that. I should try it and post!

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  3. Yay! You’re back! So thrilled to know you’re feeling better, sis! 💕 And magenta and yellow is back too, which just makes me smile really big. I’m a huge fan of that combo too and this is a gorgeous piece. You just have to feel good when you see it. So full of energy and joy!

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    1. Thanks so much, Charlie! What a combo, just love it, and throw in that gorgeous bright yellow-orange and BAM! Do you have a bright yellow-orange in your wc palette? I’d love to try this color in wc. I have winsor orange but it is definitely not as yellow as the diarylide yellow. So glad you enjoyed this! It was a blast to paint!

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  4. It definitely exudes a gorgeous summer glow! ❤ Sorry to hear you've been ill, Laura; I hope you'll be 100% better very soon.

    Glad to know you're an affiliate of DB now! I'll be sure to click through your link when I see something I'm in need of. 🙂

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  5. I love the shape, the lines and the colors. Nice painting Laura. Very clean. I am a Blick canvas gal too. I have bought several hundred…probably almost 300 since December. I think they are good quality canvas and if you buy in bulk, the prices are really excellent.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn, so glad you like this! This was done on one of those canvas panels, it’s probably 1/8″ thick. Do you use those, or just the wrapped canvases on stretcher bars? This is my first try on a Blick panel. I’m so glad you love their canvases because I have a feeling they will be my go-to once I use up the Utrecht clearance items I bought at Blick.

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    1. Thanks so much, Margaret! Oh, I missed painting so much. It was like a breath of fresh air to paint again. I’m curious if you would have any constructive criticism for this painting? I’d love to hear it. Hope your eyes are on the mend too, friend. 💛

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      1. I am taking it easy still but hoping to get with painting this week, I hope! I keep thinking that you need one other area in your painting that points or “supports” your one window that is most dominate. Not sure if I am conveying that correctly. If you squint your eyes, it easier to see what I mean. I think…..lol Not even sure if I am right on or right off. I am not sure if that helps…..I think what I am trying to say it needs a bit of unity with your main window object. That’s it I think. 🙂

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        1. Thank you, and I think you are totally right! At one point I thought it was finished, and then I decided to go back and add a few “windowsills” in in that darker color……but maybe that’s not enough. Do you think I need to add some orange with red to tie it together more plainly/better? Is it a size thing, a color thing, or a shape thing. Or all three? Thanks so much for your feedback, it means a lot. And glad to hear you’re taking it easy, Margaret. I hope you’re having a nice weekend.

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          1. Okay after taking a look, originally it was a shape thing but then I see that your oranges and one spot of red are all in the upper left corner of your painting. To me, if you were to “intuitively” bring in just a touch of orange gravitating ever so slightly to your main window it might do that unifying job without having to bring out another window more. You know how that goes, trying to bring in more unifying shape or feeling and then make a conflict of interest. lol Ultimately you know what you want to convey in your painting but I am focusing on the lack of unity. 🙂 hope this helps.

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  6. Great to hear you’re on the mend. And back with a bang – this colour partnership, and all the blends gathered here in their little windows, just brings a smile to the lips!

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    1. Thanks so much! This was so much fun to do. The chances of Fun when working with acrylic paint are always good! I probably should be a little more experimental with my color combinations but I was really hoping that this would turn out and I thought these colors would give me a decent shot. So glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kerfe, I thought of you once this became (in my mind) a building in the city with its many windows. I always think of you when I’m playing with any type of grids! You were my inspiration for trying them. Glad you like the colors too. I’m kind of hooked on them for the moment! When summer starts cranking, I’ll be moving back to the cool colors lol.

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  7. revival and rejuvenation! gorgeous summer bright and joyfilled colors! great balance of light tones too (just so you know, I noticed LL)
    glad you are better, …….still, take it easy. cheers, 3d

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      1. Oh, yes! I love any color with orange in it! I was reading somewhere that when we add a contrasting color next to a color that it really makes it pop! Like blue next to orange for example. I wonder what that would do in your painting? Just a thought.

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  8. No we have Anzac Day to celebrate a defeat by Turkey in 1915 on 25/4 and all wars we have fought in and Remembrance Day on 11/11/to celebrate the end of WW1. I just saw an abstract of what the TV news throws up nightly from the Middle east.

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