Thursday, June 26, 2014

Birds of a Feather - Painting on Canvas

Happy Thursday y'all!  I'm very pleased to post today as I've just finished a new painting.  I don't have a video of it (I would be editing until the middle of December!), but I do have lots of pictures.

This painting was inspired by Summer of Color Week 3's palette of Lavender, Grey, with a smudge, splash, or pop of Plum!

Personally, I love these colors.  I love them separately and I love them together.  I originally began this week with an art journal page, but it went all wonky and I put it to the side.  Maybe another day I'll come back to it.  Or just gesso over the whole thing!

A few months ago, I acquired some very large canvas.  It's large to me anyway.  Winsor & Newton Artist's Quality 24"x48", to be exact.  I got a pack of 6 (because it was way cheaper).  And let me just tell you, I have had the most difficult time storing these canvases!  They're too large to fit under the bed, in the closet, or anywhere else in my space!  So I've just kept them in the box against the closet door.  This box has been taunting me for months!  I usually work on 16x20" canvas and have considered that to be working "large" [for me] for years.  Honestly, it was the price of the larger canvases that held me back.  But I got a really good deal on this pack.

So, since I was scrapping my art journal page for this week, I decided to stop letting that box of canvas taunt me.  I would pull one out and get to work.  (The box you can see in the progress pictures to the right is the sarcastic box!)

Birds of a Feather     Mixed Media Canvas




Created with flickr slideshow.


Materials used for this project:

*  24"x48" Winsor & Newton Artist's Canvas
*  Liquitex Basics - Prism Violet
*  Artist's Loft Acrylic - Light Violet
*  Apple Barrel Acrylic Craft Paint - Granite Gray
*  Anita's All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paint - Antique Nickel
*  Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint Metallic - Gunmetal Gray
*  Artist's Loft Acrylic Slow Dry Blending Gel Medium
*  Golden Soft Gel Medium (Matte)
*  Golden Heavy Gel Medium (Matte) [because I ran out of the soft gel]
*  Faber-Castell Gelatos - Grape, Earl Grey, Metallic Grape, & Silver Ice
*  Dylusions Ink Spray - Crushed Grape & After Midnight
*  Distress Ink - Seedless Preserve
*  Tim Holtz Stencil - Bubbles
*  Folk Art Background Stencil - Pebble Background
*  Tim Holtz Clear Stamp - Urban Grunge Set
*  Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen Fine Point - Silver & Purple
*  Colorbok Designer Paper - Vintage Treasures
*  Local Newspaper


Thanks Kristin for this week's colors.  They were beautiful and tons of fun to work with!

Now I just have to find a space large enough to hang this thing!

I have got to get my creative butt in high gear and knock out some ATCs this weekend.  Hopefully work will be slow and I'll be able to get some done!

Laters y'all!



58 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed the slide show and you showing the process.. Great work!

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  2. I love this Brenda! Thank you for listing all your supplies.

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  3. Enjoyed the slide. The colors are perfect.

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  4. Great use of the colors, and I love the little birdies.

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  5. So cute! I really like these colors. :)

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  6. Beautiful art work!
    Thanks for listing your art supplies. How long did it take you to paint this?

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    1. Thank you Anne! Certainly! It took me, oh, around 18 hours or so to complete. Mind you, that's a lot of waiting around for paint to dry! lol I don't like using a heat tool too much on acrylic. It makes it bubbly. Which sometimes is good if that's a texture you want, but I didn't in this painting. :)

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  7. Wow that is amazing, I too have a canvas taunting me and these colours would be ideal but at the minute it's just not happening

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    1. I know that feeling Virginia. Thank you! I find that the best way to deal with a taunting canvas is to put it up against the wall and slap color on it. (Wow, that kinda makes me sound like a 4th grade bully!) But seriously though. It something about the giant white expanse that really is the kicker. Pick 2 or 3 colors and just do a nice blended background. Or even some beautiful drips. And it'll start speaking to you!

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  8. Your birds of a feather canvas is just a cute as can be. Thank you so much for sharing your creative process with us! And I just love the way you used this week's colors!

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  9. Love your SOC piece - those birds are so cute and your background is divine!

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  10. Love this!! I'm so glad you created a slideshow too. Seeing your process and the scale was so cool!!

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    1. Thank you Halle! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  11. The larger canvas size certainly did not stop you from creating a beautiful piece with this week's SOC colors!

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    1. Thanks! I truly enjoyed working that large, once I got started that is!

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  12. Beautiful...enchanting..whimsical and dreamy...I love seeing your magical process and your birds have charmed my heart!
    Awesome for SOC! Thanks for your visit!
    Victoria

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  13. Beautiful painting! Thanks for the video and the supply list! So much fun to watch an artist at work :)

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  14. Well that box certainy can't taunt you anymore. You got it nailed!! Large or small, you can work them all! Your picture is wonderful and I hope it has wall space :D

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    1. Oh wow! Thank you Mo! I'll find the wall space for it somewhere! :)

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  15. Love your birds ---and thanks for the photos of your process.
    Thanks for stopping by to view my SOC creation, too.

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  16. Thank you so much for your kind comment! your painting is gorgeous!!

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    1. You're very welcome Joanna! Thanks so much!

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  17. Love Your large piece Bird's of a Feather :) The bird's are cute,color is of course for Me perfect and what I love most is how wonderful the newspaper turned out. Fabulous! Thank You for Your visit and kind words on My cones-Denise

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    1. Thank you Denise! I love how the news paper turned out myself - way better than I thought it would. I love the colors too - definitely my favorites! :)

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  18. OOOhhh!! What a beautiful creation! Love it and I am glad you pulled out the canvas from the box! ;-)

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  19. WoW!!! I absolutely adore what you came up with!!! I have a couple of very large canvases that have been taunting me also! You've inspired me to do them this summer. I really really enjoyed your slide show too! Fantastic blog post this week missy!!!
    HuGGs!
    Debi

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    1. Thank you Debi! Don't let them taunt you! I would love to see what you come up with!

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  20. Congratulations for making a piece so large and it is really superb, love your birds and all the patterns. I love the way you have used the SOC colours here and was fascinated by all the details. I also really liked your slideshow, thanks for that, and your list of materials. This is an excellent blogpost, great art with the right information well presented, and I enjoyed every bit of it.

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    1. I'm really glad you enjoyed it Sheila! Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  21. This piece is very striking Brenda. I love its vibrancy.

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  22. The colours on this are amazing! I love the little birdies!

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  23. My friend dropped off a huuuuuge canvas for me to repurpose this week. I can't get into my shed now! Talk about freeze me so I can understand how these taunted you. I LOVE (yes, needed shouting) your progress shots - you really showed that canvas who's boss :)

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    1. Aww thanks Carmen! Wow! That sounds like a truly huuuuuge canvas! I'd love to see what you do with it! I certainly tried to. :)

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  24. So delightful! And now you've got a new size barrier broken. Look out world!

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    1. LOL!! I've always had the hardest time working small, but this was definitely the biggest I've gone (so far!). I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you so much for your kind words!!!

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