My First 8 x 10″ ! (For D)

My sister (the artist) was in town from Florida….and just like a whirlwind, she is headed back home.

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We each started a painting while she was here. She would like me to finish hers, and I will post the before and after once I have a good feeling for her artistic vision for her piece. Wanted to share mine with you today. And I just want to say……Florida, why you have to be so far away?

It was nice to see them and my girl came home too, so yay! It does kinda make you long for the day when extended families all lived together, though, huh?    This is my largest acrylic ever, on an 8 x 10″ stretched canvas.    I really enjoyed it, and I’m glad there are more where this one came from!    Maybe I really can work large!    Who knew?!   I need a title for this, any thoughts?    Also, I have a new favorite color.   Quinacridone burnt orange.    I hope it exists in watercolor too!

Peace to all of you fine people. Enjoy your Sunday and hug somebody tight, for me and for D.   ❤

110 thoughts on “My First 8 x 10″ ! (For D)

  1. Looks like and sounds like you had a wonderful weekend Laura! Your painting looks like its on fire! A very hot color. Something like the weather here this weekend. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hugs.

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  2. Wow! Talk about a punch in the “artistic gut”, I love it…..there are a few areas that are my favorites. That top right with the glowing light and that symbol reminds me of a candle but the light is coming from behind it. Then that top left area with that “loopy loop” is very cool. I love it! If anything I think of this for a neat name “Orange Incandescence” or something like that….or…..”Incandescence Orange”! 🙂

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  3. Really nice orange. Warm and glowey. I thought I even saw a light bulb lying on it’s side down in the right hand corner….I’m bad with right and left but in think it was the right. Good job.

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      1. In my opinion only…I suppose if you want a symmetrical square of lights on your canvas as well as the possibility of ruining it….go for it. NO! Step away. When you have a painting you don’t like and don’t mind taking chances fiddle away but leave this one alone. You don’t want to kill the life. It looks great.

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          1. That’s very sweet. Thank you. I do hope you see how this painting flows? There is lots of movement but not the kind that makes you sick to your stomach. It’s a free movement. Not an anxiety provoking movement.

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            1. That’s what I was trying for, thank you. I enjoy those grid compositions, but this time I was looking for circles, swirls, freedom. I’m really glad that’s how you see this. It was cool to paint “large”r. What do you consider large? This probably seems miniscule to you, lol.

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              1. Yeah! So nice when things come out like you want.

                Hmmmm….what do I consider big? Lololol. Honestly, you are the one who pointed out that I paint big. I was amazed to see they had little 4 inch canvases. I always considered big as those things you see in galleries of men in robes and funny suits. I don’t know, 24 X 36 and larger maybe? To me 36 X 36 might have me squirming. I have no idea!

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                  1. I’m telling you, I was amazed when I read the dimensions of some of the paintings I have seen since I started etsy and looking at art blogs. Little tiny paintings. Very cute on their little baby easel holders.

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                    1. Not at all! I wonder who’s little hands can do that! More awe than anything else. You know all those little glass balls with miniature paintings inside? Don’t they make you just go wow?

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      2. You have been reading your comments right? Words like glow, energy, light, warm, plus all the other nice adjectives…so there you have it. It’s beautiful as is.

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  4. To me the painting reminds me of ellipses connecting visions of sorts. The circular motions (ellipses) in your paintings connect throughout the five small images (visions) you painted. I love the strong color. Possibly title your painting, Visions. Great painting, my friend.

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      1. Umm, Definitely a No! Your painting has movement that draws the eye around your painting, and the highlights you’ve already put in is exactly where you want the viewer to pause and ponder and interpret their own vision of what each image represents.

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  5. At the present moment I’m not sure what I would do to make changes. I would live with it for a few days and you’ll probably come up with the solution you are looking for. Also, turn the painting all around and look at each turn. That might help, too. 😀🌷

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  6. Oh LAURA LOOO! I am almost stunned silent. I have been looking at this for a long time and just AMAZED! O….. M….. G….! I need to hear more! What were you thinking while doing this? What drove it? What inspired it?

    I ADDDDDOOOOORREEE the colors and feel SUCH ENERGY from this piece I almost can’t type fast enough!

    I might call it Triple Eclipse.

    Let me explain….

    I see a great number of series of threes – in particular three dots. In addition – three lines on the bottom (which I must hear how you did!! Texture paste???).

    The circles just make me think eclipse – I think hot, sun, moon, eclipse.
    I see a motorcyle a unicycle a candle burning. I see circles of movement and ENERGY! I see a face even in the center towards the bottom with only one eye showing. It is fiery and thoughtful and energizing. I am EXCITED about this piece.

    Please tell me more about what inspired you – how you decided on each perfect amazing stroke!

    Sheesh! Ok – I’m trying to settle down – Glad you had a wonderful visit with your sister and daughter – that is so amazing! Who is “D?”

    Are you as excited about this painting as me????!!!!

    I spent some time painting today and achieved pretty much nothing. I am seriously in awe of this piece. This type of genius art is so much harder than so many realize.

    Please tell us more!

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    1. Jodi! You totally made my night with this comment. You noticed everything, wow. I don’t know what to say. Thank you. Ok, I guess that’s a start, huh? To your questions. What inspired it. My sister. I love her. I love all my sisters but … yeah. She’s special. She practically raised me when I was very little and she was in high school. And she’s always been the artist and then I found art, so that’s drawn us even closer. I was so sad today that she is headed back to FL. And looking at the painting I started when she was here this morning, I knew I had to finish it. So in between tears and sadness, I tried to find the light, and I found it in this painting. It started out as one of my grid-inspired pieces and became swoopy and circular and free. And going to 8×10 was kind of a big thing for me, it was all part of the freedom thing, it all seemed to flow together. D is my sister (she wouldn’t want her name on the Internet, we’re both pretty private people). She’s taught me a lot. Mostly about my sensitive side and my emotional side and about finding balance. She’s kind of my touchstone, you know? So. And it’s so funny that you see an eye. I do think you read my mind sometimes. I had a few hours away from this painting and then looking back at it after dinner, it was bugging me, all the darkness at the bottom. So I decided I needed to lighten it a bit. You would probably notice, because you looked really closely (and thank you for doing that!) but I don’t think many people would notice any obvious changes. But I’m happier with it now. Anyway, that part where you saw the eye……I decided wouldn’t it be cool to make that just a touch more obvious. So I went in with a teeny paintbrush and a toothpick and added a touch of black to bring out the eye that only you and I saw, my friend. I think you would approve. I hope, since you love this one so much. Thank you for loving it. I painted in watercolor last night. I was going for beautiful poppies, something loose and bold and free, like the ones you posted not long ago. Oh, they were so not. lol. You win some, you lose some, huh? Hehe. Oh and you’re also the only one who noticed the lines at the bottom! They are actually pieces of fabric. Acrylic paint and mediums both act as glue, so you can throw anything into a painting that you want! I originally contemplated this as a landscape, so I threw them in in the early stages. So the thought process was circular, it was about the cycles of life, the stages, D and D are nearing retirement and I am not, and she was there at the beginning of my life, almost like a mom, I was thinking of our mom, my daughter, my sister, the birth-death cycle, lots of stuff while I was painting this. It was quite a journey, as I find most of my abstracts to be. Thank you for looking closely and for making me feel great, as always, my artistanista sista! (((((((Jodi)))))))) And for noticing. So important. 💜💛

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      1. Awh! It sounds like D is very special! You know – we all have our “stories” of our lives…. I’m so happy you have her, and it is clear that she is so inspiring to you. I can’t wait to see her piece that you finish. But this piece. Oh Laura – I’m not just blowing spoke – this one speaks to me. Crazy! I don’t even understand the craziness of why or how, but it does. I just feel so much energy from it. It is so powerful I can’t explain. I seriously don’t know how to do abstract like this. And I can’t tell you how much I love it. How I wish I could speak through art like you do through this piece. Maybe some day. But for now, i am just blown away by this. When is your gallery show? I can’t wait to come! ❤ xo

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        1. Lol! I think you could totally do abstracts like this. I’m a really emotional person and art is my outlet. So all of my “stuff” pretty much comes out in my paintings. But you’re pretty emotional too! I feel lots of stuff in your paintings, I think there’s lots of joy and freedom in your stuff! My art helps me to work through the emotions on my shadow side, it always seems there’s something going on that needs a voice and usually with me, I take it to the canvas. This way, I can recycle it into something useful and beneficial. And acrylics, I have to say, they are really helpful for this kind of stuff. I tried an abstract in WC the other night too. Not to say they aren’t cool, but there’s no comparison between what I feel I can “say” in acrylic vs WC. And I love that I can step back from a painting and decide to change it, and be able to do that. Cover it up, etc and go on ahead with it. I think real pros can probably manage that in WC too but for me, much easier with acrylics. I would love to see you explore pure colors in WC with no end destination in mind. Just a feeling and a few colors, and go. I think you’d blow us all away. You’re a sensitive, deep thinker with a lot to show and share and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you started rolling with it. I started abstracts when Penny was basically terminally ill. It helped a lot having that kind of emotion going on, not saying you have to have that, but heartache is a good thing for artists, we can recycle anything! This is why we rock! lol. Thanks again, nista. 💛

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          1. Wow….. just wow – I hope I can some day…. I am so glad for what it has brought to you…. I am so glad our paths have crossed and the ways you have inspired and motivated me! 🙂 ❤

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    2. Oh and the three dots. I planted so many of these throughout. And you noticed! And what a great name, I love your name for this painting. I am naming it Triple Eclipse. Thank you, Jodi! I am honored by your kind words and the time you invested in the looking and the explaining. 💛

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        1. Love it! And my daughter is an artist too! So cool to think of it this way, she was here while we were painting. I would love all three of us to get together and paint. She didn’t have time to stay with us, she had someone else she needed to see, but we will do it one day. It’s a fabulous name, Jodi, I love it! You see things in this I didn’t even see. I haven’t found the motorcycle yet, but looking forward to it, lol!

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  7. Laura, wonderful shapes and movement!
    this size 8×10 is agreeing with you, imo it allows your Arm to be freer, to move and curve and flow more!!
    yay! This was clever of you to move up in size, gradually. 4×4, 6×6, 8×10. Getting comfortable and ‘at ease’ before moving on!!
    smart woman. I do love Q. burnt orange, its also WC too. Your painting has a lovely design, great use of edges, good tones and excellent leadins.
    ( perhaps) the dark area on the upper left side, may be leading the eye Out – just a smidge…as its quite dark; if it was teensy lighter the eye would flow and move to the COI in the upper right. what do you think?

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    1. Thank you so much, Debi! I do see what you mean, and that makes good sense. I love that I can go back into this acrylic painting and refine and adjust and explore, now that it’s here, and it’s been born, I can kind of train it a bit and decide what to play up, what to play down, it’s really cool. I feel totally different approaching an acrylic than WC. Still enjoy both but they are so different! I have already made some adjustments to the lower left and right corners and that eye in the center-ish bottom. I think you’ve made a great point, and I appreciate you taking the time to look and give your always helpful notes! Thank you! ((((((((3d)))))))))) 💛💛💛

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        1. Thanks, Debi. It’s the lower left where I’ve done most of the monkeying. :). The lower right just a bit but maybe only I would notice? I got green when I glazed the yellow over the black gesso and micaceous iron oxide (lower left) so I’ll either have to try another yellow glaze or maybe mix with a bit of Titan buff to get rid of that green. Have you ever work with micaceous iron oxide? This was my first.

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          1. you know, I love that word “monkeying”….
            makes me smile. much more than ‘fiddling!’ anyway…. well, yes, black + yellow makes green. now you know! it shouldn’t be so… but alas, it is.
            and, mica iron oxide – yup! love it!
            use it thinly and I scrape it along. so i can see the underlayer of color under it. I like that. when i’d used it heavy, i wasn’t as ‘happy’ with the results most of the time. (for me) we are all, different!

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  8. The title should definitely have something to do with light. You really know how to make this paint glow.
    I have brothers, not sisters, but I see how my daughters are bonded. It’s a special relationship. And yes, living closer to family is something I think we all miss these days…(K)

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    1. Thanks, Kerfe. I’m the youngest of nine so I have lots of both! We are all a bit wacky lol. Gotta love that Catholic upbringing (or not lol). Golden paints really do matter, IMO. They are a big part of the reason that anything I do in acrylic turns out or has light or anything. Their paint is really something. I don’t say that lightly, but there are a few things worth paying for and this is one.

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  9. Love that you varied your colors on this piece, Laura! It makes my eyeballs happy! I find myself looking at it longer and thinking about what it represents. The circular shapes provide a nice contrast and suggest movement to me. I didn’t have time to read all your comments today, so wonder what it means to you? 😃 Love the colors too! 💕🎨

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    1. Thanks, Jill! So glad you like it! Are you shocked I did something on an 8×10? I am amazed lol. Now I feel like I could go bigger. Pretty cool, never thought I’d say that. I explained to Jodi what this represents to me in a looooong message if you wanna check that out, but it was inspired by my sister, who was visiting from Florida and went home yesterday. Bittersweet. Have a great week!

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  10. Yey! for family, for bonding moments, for love and sharing! I love you everything about your painting. It has this very positive vibe in it that I can’t explain. 🙂 The colors are to die for and those circles….well, who does not love circles and infinity? 😀

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  11. This is beautiful, Laura!!! So warm and sunny and full of positive energy! Love the three lines on the bottom – is that moulding paste underneath the paint? Looks great! I think I would call it “Sunny Circles”, but as I´m not a native speaker there are maybe better names… Have a wonderful week, my friend!!! 🌸🌞💕😘

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    1. Thanks so much, Ann! That is fabric at the bottom, first time I’ve included fabric in a painting. This painting was my journey, trying to turn the sadness of my sister going back to Florida into something good. Art is the great recycler. Glad you like this!

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  12. Such an excellent piece Laura…imagine how it would look really large, like 3′ x 4′ or more. Treat yourself, if you have the space, to a big canvas, 3×4 ft or bigger. It’s a whole different painting experience, whole body, like dancing…enjoy!

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  13. I love the warm colors, and the candle in the top right, I see a bird lifting its wing, and a dolphins swimming in a couple of those circles. There’s so much beauty and warmth in this piece. I knew you could go big! Yeah for doing it!

    I’m so happy to hear you had a great week-end with your girl, and sister. Hopefully it won’t be long before you’re spending time together again.

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    1. Thanks so much, Deborah. I really hope so too. It took me awhile, but I do see the bird, and the dolphins! Yay! I wish I had intentionally put them there. The top right really does look like candles, but I’m thinking of it now as me and D, together. We haven’t seen each other since I became an art addict, so this was especially cool! I may try this again with a little more intention. The swirls were really fun to do, particularly on a larger surface like this. I have (4) 20×20″ canvases and (4) 22×28″, too. If the good Lord’s willin’ and the crick don’t rise (as my dad used to say), there’ll be more to come! 😀 Thanks again, friend!

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      1. I’m glad you saw the bird too, and the dolphins. Your sub-conscience at work me thinks. I love the thought of the candle being you and your sister. You are certainly are a beacon of light to me with your encouragement, excitement and energy when it comes to painting, and my photography.

        I can’t wait to see what you do with the BIG canvases! Hugsxx

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  14. I see I’ve missed another of your posts! Glad I found it now. I love the color — it might become one of my new favorites after seeing it here — and I really like the softness of the circular motions. So much of abstract art seems to be lines and angles, and sometimes that gets a little harsh. This, though, is more “comfortable” to me, and as I look at it, I see so much waiting to be explored. To me, it’s almost like looking at lots of doorways in different places and knowing that each doorway offers a new adventure. Which one to choose? It’s a fascinating picture, very captivating.

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    1. Thanks, Judith! I may revisit this design in a more planned approach. I think I prefer swirls and swoops to the hard lines of the “windows” I was doing before. And the 8×10 was liberating! I was surprised. Now I’m thinking I need to go bigger. Really glad you liked this.

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      1. I see so many “adventures” in the picture…walking in the woods, being alone in the city, playing music, and slipping into the unconscious. Did you ever imagine so many different things were waiting to be found there?

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        1. Nope! Not at all. I think this is why I love abstracts so much. Half of the success of any painting comes from the viewer. I didn’t purposely do much at all with this. Pretty much started out doodling in black gesso. Even the upper right wasn’t planned. I find that it kills the mojo to plan this abstract stuff at all. I’d like to revisit the swirls and that, but I wonder if I should plan anything at all beyond that. Nice that you’re finding so many adventures in this painting!

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          1. I have a post coming up…several days from now…with another abstract acrylic. This one I did do a little “planning” ahead on, and I’m not at all sure how I feel about it. I like parts of it, and other parts I think I hate now LOL. Maybe I murdered my mojo. It’s a learning experience, and I hope you’ll look at it when it posts and give me your thoughts. Abstract art is really challenging.

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  15. I love your painting, wonderful color and shapes. I am also more of a swirls and loose lines painter – so this speaks to me very much. I love the way the textured lines (textile) at the bottom is mirrored at the top right in the black lines. Lot’s to see and the eye moves around on this painting because of all the lines.
    Quinacridone burnt orange is one of my fave colors in watercolor – so cool to see it here too.
    Great story behind this, thanks for sharing it.. So cool that you’re going to bigger surfaces. (I’m going bigger too in my paintings – it’s a great adventure, both daunting and wonderful. So I applaud you for going bigger too.)

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