Working Larger (Acrylic August)

This is mixed media on 1/4 sheet of watercolor paper. Yes, 11 x 14″, the largest I’ve gone yet!    I had some angst in my spirit, and so I folded a large sheet of watercolor paper in half both ways so I could swing my arm and fling some paint.   I’m working around the color wheel.    And having lots of fun!

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I hope you enjoyed, as there will be more to come!    I originally created this to go into a collage or other mixed media application, but when I was finished……oh, who knows, maybe I’m not finished.   Not sure if I should call this a painting or cut it up for something else.   I’d love to get your thoughts.   Peace and happy Sunday to you!

55 thoughts on “Working Larger (Acrylic August)

    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! That white thing, I don’t have that. I get excited when I see white. I understand it, but thank God, not had to deal with it. Those Inktense Blocks are perfect tho, if you do, just lay them on the side and go crazy, won’t be blank long! But I have a question for you – should I cut this up and use it as collage fodder in another piece (as it was intended) or keep it whole? Not sure if anyone would buy this? Or if maybe I just need to add more or cover something about it. I don’t know, but once i got the white and black gesso on top at the end, I liked it. Would be curious what your honest opinion (no holes barred) is.

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  1. Isn’t it so fun to fling large!!?? Yay for purple paint flying ! You know what I see? Eye balls. With a message of searching. Maybe searching for peace amidst chaos. I love it. I always feel emotion in your paintings. 💜

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      1. I say save it, but follow your heart! If you originally did it to cut up and still want to do that – do it. If you finished it and fell in love with it – keep it. Follow your heart💜

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  2. I read that you had cut it? lol well, there you go, all a part of the process….or angst! I see emotion and angst and I am ecstatic that you went bigger, yay you! So much freedom in going big, truthfully it is scary at first but then I prefer bigger. I remember starting out with small pieces 4×6 or so and then going to 7×9 or so wow, that is so big! now 7×9 seem so small! Hope you get through your angst but then it can be used in your art expression……

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    1. Thanks Margaret! You wouldn’t have said to save it intact would you? I thought you’d be happy I went bigger. Not to say I’ll stay there but….. Yeah I’ve already cut this and made a collage out of part of it. It’ll post Tuesday. I almost forgot draw a bird day is tomorrow.

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      1. not sure…..what my first reaction was….emotion….angst! but as an intact piece, not sure. It does seem like it was undone and was a bold statement. You ultimately know what you want to do or need to do, art if it is done shouts out that it is complete. This is something that I am wanting to have instilled in me. The confidence and knowing that a piece is done or not. I have to know and feel that, listen to the inner artist that truly knows. Tapping into that is so important, I think that when we do, we are becoming the artist that we really are…..seems like I circled around my words but hopefully you know what I mean.

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        1. Your instincts are right on, Margaret, this was undone and now that I’ve made something else with part of it, that piece does feel done. And this one will make more. I’m making these 1/4 sheets in different color ways.

          I see you as such a mature soul and artist. Is it possible that you’re closer than you think to where you wanna be?

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          1. hmm not sure, it is always hard to picture or see oneself correctly. I always feel ‘undone’ and that is actually good…just being human 🙂 if I have gotten anywhere to be close to what I hope or think I want to be, I have suffered to get there! that is for certain. I have been thinking of working on my Psalm 65 painting and to get real and explore my angst of needing to understand what or where I am going with my art and spiritual journey. I still have insecurity (don’t we all!) with my art and if anything I feel that the intuitive painting and wc has gotten me further than I could ever imagine!

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    1. Thank you very much. I love purple too and magenta also. Adding white and then later black to this helped it a lot. But it is really nice (IMO) cut into a smaller collaged piece on an almost white ground. Lots of space to break up all of that color. Really glad you liked it!

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  3. great for bigger – it brings forth vigor. (a good saying!)
    well done, going large Laura. using your arm, and shoulder for Expressive Gestures!!!
    kids do that with happy, joyful abandon. for the Sheer Love, of Painting! no other agenda than that is needed 🙂
    the Color Purple. has interesting interpretations, it makes me Think. and FEEL.
    as far as ‘cutting it up or leaving it’ goes; i’d leave it for a month. YUP. that long.
    I’d have another look. reassess. see the GOOD Points!!!
    then if you were still keen to do some cutting, cropping and reassembling…… at that point in time, Go For It!! But, I would give it a good 4 week resting period beforehand.

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    1. Thanks, Debi. Nice to see you! I created this for the purpose of collage, so I didn’t feel badly about cutting it yesterday and making a little collage piece out of it. It looks so much better with lots of white space around the pieces. I’m doing these 1/4 sheets in lots of color ways for the purpose of collage so it’s all good. Glad you are liking purple, I love it too and couldn’t resist adding the magenta (which makes me think of you every time just Iike CBT lol). This was mostly a therapeutic exercise, and for that purpose, it worked wonders. 💜💜💜

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            1. Thanks so much, Debi! Found your comments in my spam folder here in WP. Really appreciate your feedback. Please check your spam as my comments have been going in people’s spam lately. I figure it’s God’s way of letting me know I need a break from blogging, etc. thanks again my friend.

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  4. Yay for going big scale! AWESOME!!!Woot! For me, let it stay as is for a couple of weeks. Then every now and then turn it on the left side or right side up for a different perspective then reassess again. You’ll be surprised to see different looks whenever you turn it. ❤

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    1. Thank you. I already have cut it up, since I did create it for collage, figured I’m not in love with it, may as well cut it. It’s all good, I have made a few of these in different color ways and will be sharing soon. Glad you like it. I was glad to be painting large, I think it’s so very different than painting small as I was before.

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          1. One day soon I will have to borrow your brave spirit and see what I’ll come up with. The canvas I am working with my nephew won’t speak to me though I already see the final layer. But I don’t want to push it and ruin what my nephew did. He is 2 years old. 🙂

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  5. The angst definitely comes through in your painting but what a wonderful result! I love the colors and the streaks are kind of like you’re giving someone the backhand of their life. hahaha. Such attitude and such beauty! Awesome. 🙂

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