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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Inspiration Sunday

This week's challenge:

card 1:- place an assortment of found objects on your paper and spray around them with a watered down gesso mix. Allow to dry. Then paint

card 2:- find one of the following: a rock, branch or driftwood and use the shape or object as a basis for your creation.

I began with a warm wash.

 added some burnt sienna
 arranged the found objects
 sprayed with the gesso mix
 added some acrylic irridescent gold to the gesso mix and sprayed again
 added quinacridone gold to the mix and sprayed
 once dry, the found objects were removed and showed some nice texture, but I wanted more
 red oxide was added to the gesso blend , the objects were re-arranged, and then sprayed a final time

 Ah, this is more like the textured background I had visualized
I painted in a branch in blue/brown mix, added small touches of green and a hint of orange/red  and this challenge is complete

Next week's challenge:
card 1:- choose an old painting that doesn't work, choose a subject unrelated to that painting, and paint over it using a medium of choice, using transparent and opaque paints
card 2:- combine themes, painting something that makes you blue, something that makes you green, and in between them, something that makes you laugh
wow! that sounds like a challenge, for sure! What would you paint to make you blue? Or green?
Hope you're having fun creating.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."   Scott Adams

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


  1. Dear Suz,
    oh it must have been great fun!-and the result ,is so wonderfull- I love how the spritz, gave that texture. and how you helped it "grow"-- very beautifull.

  2. It was a lot of fun, Dorthe! The hardest part was waiting for all the different layers to dry, because I am an impatient painter. It's good practice, though. Hugs

  3. You've had fun Suz. Love these colours.Earthy, warm...Have you used a hair dryer to dry things? I'm like you..can't wait to see paint results.Thanks for great blog comment. guess blue is a colour that isn't popular in your cold Wintry weather at the moment.

  4. Yes, I think I've been using all these warm tones to battle the winter whites. I don't use a hair dryer for my paints because I need to let it dry naturally to give me time to walk away from my work, otherwise I tend to muddle in the wet and make mud! It's forced patience, I think, but it seems to work for me.
    I think you're right about the winter blues, heheheh, but I'm sure that colour will be more popular once the summer heat hits and one longs for cool blue waters. Hugs

  5. Absolutely wonderful. I feel Northern Ontario... Makes me listen for the loons...
    Fox : )

  6. Thanks Fox! Yes, it looks like northern Ontario in winter with a warm-toned sunset, perhaps. One lonely leaf gripping a bare branch and holding fast against the cold winds.
    No loons yet, unfortunately. Once the lake ice melts........Hugs

  7. this is absolutely beautiful, I now MUST do it! an entire set for the bedroom!

  8. Oh, yes, Bri, do! I'd love to see pics! Glad you like the result. Hugs

  9. So many novel ways of being creative with paints. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thanks Puppet Lady! It's challenging at times, but certainly gets me thinking and trying new and different things. Hugs


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