Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Old Hull House

8x8 acrylic on canvas panel

I haven't figured out how to paint buildings loosely yet because I haven't painted many of them. But I still like how this one turned out.  I snapped a photo of this house in Hull as the sun was going down and I loved the light and shadows, so I just had to give it a shot.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tiny Canvases

4x4 acrylic paintings on canvas

It seems like it's been an ongoing battle for to keep my paintings loose.  Today I tried a quick series of 4x4 inch paintings and limited my time for each one. It seems a little easier for me to do this with these tiny canvases, but I often psyche myself out when I attempt this on a larger size canvas.  Maybe I need to buy some enormous brushes?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Just Tea for me

6x8 acrylic on canvas panel

Daydreaming and My First Abstract Painting

Okay, I said I would stop filtering my work, so here again are two very different paintings I did yesterday.  I actually did the abstract one first.  (It's my first abstract painting!) It was fun, but I think I used quite a bit more paint on the little 6x6 than the larger 9x12  landscape...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sunday Mist and The Other Side of the Field

Yesterday was weird.  I did these two paintings and both of them seemed much different than anything I'd painted before.  Sometimes it frustrates me because I want to think I have a "style", but honestly I don't think I can say I do.  There are just so many different styles and techniques that I want to explore right now.  In the past I've painted pieces that I didn't want to post (even though I liked them) because I didn't think they looked like I painted them. I'm going to try to stop filtering my paintings.  I admit that I have no clue what I'm doing, and so I'm just trying everything I feel drawn to. Maybe someday my work will evolve into some sort of consistent style, but maybe not... I mainly just want to continue to grow and enjoy myself as much as possible throughout the process.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Olive on the Couch

8x8 acrylic on canvas panel

This is my cat Olive.  I avoided painting her in the past because the idea of painting all that black seemed like I was just setting myself up for failure.  But I decided I would just try to keep it sketchy and simple, and it was a lot more fun than I expected. I might even try to do another one soon... :)