acrylic painting

Today, At the Easel

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Work in Progress. Making headway on this one.

When I began this series, the ideas existed in my head as images of very spare, pale, acrylic paintings on canvas. Then one day I just grabbed a large watercolor pad and started painting. They have become layered, colorful pieces, created with a mix of watercolor and acrylic. A mix I have never tried before. But, I was struggling my way through the first piece, tempted to try adding the acrylic for some opacity, yet afraid to test something new. I had to take a break from it, work on something else for a few days, mull it over…and then I finally got my courage up, squeezed some acrylic onto my palette, and went for it.

The result was interesting. Something new for me. Something I will be learning how to work with as I keep going with the series. Last night I began working on the background for this one, and continued today. Some watercolor here, some acrylic there…New textures on my brush and on the paper.

Work In Progress: Hummingbirds

I spent some time this evening working on a painting that has been in progress for a long while now. At one point she lived in a closet until she finally called to me to bring her back out and give her some more attention. That was before Christmas, and the busyness of the holidays kept me from making much progress. The end is finally in sight, though she’s not there yet.

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This summer I stayed a week in Rangely, Maine, and there were always hummingbirds zipping around our cabin to visit a hummingbird feeder. I spent some time sitting on the closed porch, observing them through the screened windows. I drew an image in my sketchbook of a figure with a hummingbird at her temple, and thought about the little buzzing noise they make as they fly. Sometimes my mind seems to buzz like that.

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She is sort of the sister painting to one that I painted shortly after we moved into our new home. Sisters in the way that the figures are similar, and the method for both involves a combination of acrylic paint and chalk pastel. An odd combination, but somehow working.

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This last image was taken tonight, and that is her current state. A couple more painting sessions to go.