It's been a busy week here at Comfort Cottage. I've started decorating for Christmas, and today I put up the tree. Actually, "putting up the tree" was more like guerrilla warfare in a fake pine forest. I have a seven and a half foot tree that has to be assembled branch by branch - all 91 of them. When I was about halfway up the tree, I discovered I had skipped a row. I spent the better part of two hours repositioning the branches. It wasn't pretty. By the time I had finished, my arms looked as if I had gone ten rounds with the cat in a dark closet. No worries - it was all worth it...wasn't it?
After the Christmas tree debacle, I headed for my studio to work on a painting. I've been struggling with this one. I'm not sure that it's finished, but I'll share it with you anyway. It's another mixed media abstract painting inspired by my travels out west.
Without and Within
24" x 24"
Fluid and Heavy Bodied Acrylics, Acrylic mediums and Collage on Canvas
I drew in basic shapes with a pastel pencil and blocked in the sections. I wasn't too concerned with color at this point. I just needed a rough underpainting.
I used cut up magazine pages and acrylic matte medium to collage the main area.
I applied course pumice gel with a palette knife between the sections.
Next I worked the side sections with the knife edge of a flat brush, blending colors on the palette.
The top was worked in mixes of cobalt blue, quinacradone red, pthalo blue and white. I worked the lower sections with a palette knife for a contrast in texture. The colors were mixed right on the canvas. I added layers of glazes to the collaged area to create depth.
I echoed the top section with a small area to the lower left. This also helped balance the small section midway up the right side. I based in the pumice with black. At this stage I stepped back again. The pumice area needed work. The black looked quite dead. The lower branch of it also seemed to lead the eye right off of the canvas.
I pulled some colors from the top section to lighten it up. I dry brushed over it with irridescent pearl.
Now, remember that lower branch of the pumice area that was drawing the eye downward? I needed to find a way to draw it to the left. I extended the small blue/lavender section on the left side. I added some dark tones underneath of it to ground it to the canvas. Next, using small touches of bright red, I applied accents to catch the attention and help move the eye around the canvas. As I look at this on the screen, I notice that I've lost the highlight portion at the top on the collaged area. Back to the easel!
That's it for today. Tomorrow, I'll make some Christmas cookies and noodle some ideas for my next painting. Have a wonderful weekend. I'll be linking this post to Paint Party Friday.
Until next time,