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March is nearly over now too….

The best laid plans and all that!  I really can’t believe how fast the year is once again whizzing by.  I know I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with my art, but seriously… the first quarter of the year almost over? Yikes!

I am still working on my acrylic painting, although it has come a long way since I posted the work in progress pic back in …gulp..January.  In the pic below you can see how far I have gotten and those things that look like white blobs are in fact sequins that I decided to stick on for fun.  You will also notice a huge change in the colour scheme as I decided to go off in a different direction.

So what is left to do on this one?  Well, I want to tidy up the lips a bit to give them a bit of definition, add some lace/gauze frills around the neck area and perhaps some kind of simple design on the mask itself – not sure about that yet.  Then I think I will call it done.

As I currently have nowhere to keep my art in progress, this one is actually hanging on the wall already, which is quite handy.  As they say, you just have to make do with what you have and until I get back to having a dedicated room for all my art stuff, then the living room wall is the place to hang my work until it is actually finished.  I say ‘all my art stuff’ tongue in cheek of course as I am having to start over with a lot of it.

So, enjoy this update, and thank you for taking the time to do so.  I do have another piece in the works as there is a spot above the fireplace here that needs something and for me, that is going to be my own copy of one of Rosina Wachtmeisters works.  I absolutely love her work and doing my own is the next best thing to owning a framed print!  Hopefully I won’t take as long to get that one going!

Posted in acrylics

Where do the days go?

I had hoped to be posting more this year – but so far things are still pretty slow in the art department here.

The days seem to be whizzing by and before you know it, another week has gone by and I have nothing much to show for it.

I did manage to pick up some acrylic paints a week or so ago.  I had seen the Atelier Interactive paints some time ago while watching an episode of Put some

Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints
Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints

Colour in your life” and thought they might be good to try out.

I must say that they do indeed feel ‘buttery’ in texture, and while I like the variety of colours in the set, I would actually prefer to have a somewhat limited palette and mix my own colours – using the larger tubes of course!

The greatest thing about these acrylics is that they do not dry out as quickly as normal acrylics, and can be kept moist for blending simply by using a small fine spray of water.  There are also special retarder mediums you can buy if you wish.  I have yet to find a good art supply store here and may end up ordering my supplies on line, but for now the water does the trick.

So have I actually started anything?  Well, yes, I have started a project – although with it being summer and me being back in the work force I find my painting time is so much less now.  For the moment though, I am slowly working on a fun project piece – mostly to try out these new paints and also to once again have some original art work to hang in the house.

Here is where I am at with this particular painting.  It’s another ‘mask’ – and it’s basically at the colour blocking stage with very little detail at all. The blues will be changed to some other colour, leaving just the aqua/green colour at the top.  It looks a bit weird at the moment, but it will come together as I work on it.   Hopefully I will also get a better photo for the next update – and by then there will be a lot more to see!

Work in Progress
Work in Progress –  Acrylic on stretched canvas

One of the things I want to do with this piece is to eventually add some gold and silver paint – or even ink – which means I will have to go a huntin’!  I’ve gone from a studio/room full of supplies to no studio/room with a small limited supply of paints etcnts etc…so sad!

Anyway, updates coming as soon as there is something to share!