Struggled with these abstracts in the beginning. In fact I posted a couple of them. They were not feeling right to me. So I painted over them with a warm sand color. That made all the difference.
The next session went more smoothly. I had five pieces that I was happy with. Only minor tweaks and adjustments needed, if any. This was the first one I completed, and I was happy with it. I still feel it is one of the best. The success of this canvas helped me work through the problem solving on the others. I actually put my hands in the air and did a little happy dance.
We can all do the happy dance, another 30 in 30 challenge has been won! Congratulations to the artists!
I have had so much trouble getting these soft colors to show correctly on screen. This one scanned near perfect. I only had to bring out the rust.
Some of the canvases I am using were older, and were painted on before. This one is part of a newer batch, and it is wrapped tightly. Crisp edges and corners. I like that. And the canvas texture is more pronounced. I like that too. I don’t know if it is a difference in the gesso, or the canvas cloth itself.
On this you can see small dots of color, in addition to all the larger, “blobs”. I really like the contrast of the combination. Grains of sand, chunks of clay. White washed walls that have seen better days.
Sometimes less is more. And sometimes more is what it takes. This is another of the abstracts I worked on a couple of weeks ago. I started playing, to see if I could create shapes with the palette knife. What the heck right?
I need the practice if I am ever going to get better. And I can always paint over it, again. You can see how this started. There are two slides. I liked it with just the slim ground line. Then I didn’t. I added more indigo, and then some white and dusty rose to soften the area. Set it aside.
Came back to it, and decided I wanted more color in the sky area. I really like that mix of peachy pink, you might remember from earlier challenges.
I am really happy with how the trunks turned out. Pure luck that!
I am on the road to San Diego today. Posts and art are ready to go, but I will not be visiting blogs or pinning to the board for a week. I will catch up when I return. I am going to miss seeing the artworks!
Have fun everyone, I know you can do it! Thanks so much for following my progress, and for your generous comments. God Bless!
It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened. Philip Sidney