7.17.2011

From dark and gloomy to bright and fun

Yesterday was cold and wet so I stayed inside and painted! It was such a weird experience since I haven't painted a 'painting' since art school years ago. It took me a bit to get back into the groove! And figure out what materials to use, etc.

I used acrylic... Yuck, yuck and yuck. Acrylic has such a flat, boring finish to it but I decided to use it since it was cheaper than oil paints and easier to clean up! Painting #1 was my 'you are BERRY sweet' painting with uber fun colours. What a difference it made to go from shades of black to bright turquoise!

BEFORE

These are my dark and gloomy paintings from art school...

AFTER

And here's my first update to the canvasses...

My day involved layers of acrylic - I blocked out the colours and shapes I wanted first...

Then started to add the details - outlines, shading, etc...

Then I added the text...

I used a bunch of different materials after the layers of acrylic to help give the painting more depth. The final touch was using a coat of Opus' gloss medium - this helped make the acrylic less flat. Best purchase ever for my paintings!

Next I'll add another coat of the gloss medium then work on my 'ORANGE you great' canvas.

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