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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Inspiration Sunday

Inspiration card 1 read:- paint a wall, hiding your name in its surface
Card #2 instructed:- paint using 1 bright, fully saturated primary colour and 1 bright fully saturated secondary colour; they cannot be complementary. Use also a dark grey as a neutral.

I thought of a brick wall, and my first impulse was to use a warm red and an orange, but I have used those tones on several paintings.
Time to switch it up, I thought. So I chose my fave blue, and a yellow green. I used a dark grey as instructed, and decided to hide my name in the graffiti painted on the wall. And I made the graffiti saying quite silly, so as not to be misunderstood.

I found it difficult to create brick texture using saturated paints, but when I decided this would be a fun exercise, I began just to play.
Salt sprinkled onto the damp paint, and water spritzes, helped to create some texture, as did dry-brushing over the bricks.
I think the subject matter is recognizable, but it's not very realistic, is it? Maybe it's not necessary to have it look real. I find just 2 main colours challenging. What do you think?

Next week's challenge:
card 1:- on wet paper,draw freely with water-soluble crayons, using other tools if you wish, and when dry, select a colour scheme, and draw/paint your subject overtop
card 2:-paint using a triad ( on the colour wheel)

Hope you've had a creative weekend.
Thanks for visiting,
Hugs from Suz


  1. Suztats,
    I love each step of this that you done. It does look like a brick wall. Can't tell about the texture on the net...except it does look like it would feel like a brick wall. I love the colors too. I like that you rule too.

  2. I like it a lot - I understand what you mean about trying to achieve a realistic look with so few paint colours but I like the effect you got. A fun exercise I'm sure!
    I had a fun weekend with a few dabs of creativity here and there - most pleasant!

  3. You have shown it's possible to achieve a realistic effect with a limited palette - the human imagination does the rest! I've had a special interest in brickwork, since our patio fiasco last year, and it's always amazing to the actual colour and texture variation in something so ordinary.

  4. it's great, really effective...well done!!

  5. Thanks, Bsotf, it's nice to see you again, and nice that you think my brick wall would feel like one. For a while, I was hitting my head against it! LOL

  6. Thanks, Jillayne. Hope your creative bits gave you some fun. Hugs

  7. Janet, the human imagination is a powerful tool. I'm glad it can fill in the blanks in my work. lol
    I feel the same way about rocks as you do about bricks--the colours, and patterns, the shape and solidity, their permanence in the landscape. Though, bricks are a bit easier to move. Hugs

  8. What fun you are having. I should try it. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  9. It is a lot of fun, Sandy, and challenging, too, using the cards for direction. Hey, I post the next challenge a week ahead so you can play along if you wish. Thanks for your comments. Hugs

  10. I was browsing your blog, I really like your creativity :) you are a great inspiration :)

  11. Thank you, Bri! I enjoyed your blog,too,and seeing your flower paintings. Hugs


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