I combined the new spray paints with the new paint markers that I bought this week. I only purchased the smaller ones and got just 4 colours, white, blue, orange and gold which are some of my favorite colours for details.
So far I am having fun because I love doing detailed work with markers.....hopefully I can finish the 2 paintings for the exhibition next week. If not I have a couple of other smaller gallery style canvases that I can submit by next Thurs for the hanging.
So this is just the draft phase, photos to follow on where I went with these markers.
So here is where I started, randomly spraying some of the Liquitex spray paints on 2 separate Gallery style canvases
I started detailing with Liquitex marker white first to outline the flowers and then started adding some highlights with some of the other Liquitex paint markers. I have to go back and purchase black, red, green, and yellow to add more details.
Since my first review of the Liquitex spray paints, I have done at least 5 paintings and I am completely addicted. It is alot easier to work on a painting with just the sprays instead of having to set up my airbrush which takes so much time setting up and cleaning up and then of course my compressor is very loud. So having said all that, I am happy to be painting.
This painting is 24 x 36 and it is way too big to put into the up coming exhibition but I will post it for sale when completed on Facebook.
Boy I sure am loving the spray paints.....especially the little splatters. I started this painting yesterday. Today I did some detailing and just added some gloss medium. I will let it dry for a day or two before I touch it again
I am in the midst of a couple of unfinished paintings and varnishing a couple of others for the exhibition.
I will ask for votes on which one's should go in the exhibit.
I have a couple of other paintings floating around but I will have to find the digital copies and post them.
Here are the 2 unfinished paintings.
And here are the one's that got their final varnish today:
Field of Flowers
These 3 are still in the works
The exhibition dates are April 12 - 14th at The Maison du Brasseur 2901 St Joseph Boul Lachine QC.
I will be there Saturday morning.
I came across this interview with Artist Lara Merrett and I just had to share the statement about her art process:
Can you give us a little insight into your process? What materials do you use? Is each work pre-planned or created very intuitively? Do you work on multiple canvases at one time? And how long does each work take to complete?
I only work with water-based materials, which include inks, acrylics, vinyl and metallics. No work is ever pre-planned, however each work does inform the next. They become a family or chapters in an idea.
I mostly start a painting flat on the floor and move around the work pouring lots of colours over the canvas. I always have at least six works in progress, but this eventually narrows down to the work I become most obsessed with. I have to feel a strong pull toward the work or I won’t work on it at all.
It’s like magic when the unexpected starts to happen. I love it… it’s completely intoxicating. From start to completion a work can take anywhere from three days up to six months. Each work has its own personality and therefore takes its own time.
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This is one that I have been playing around with some pouring medium along with some of the sprays. It is pretty cool and it has a little bit of a crackling effect. Now I am not sure if I want to edge with black or white...so I have left it to hang until I decide.