Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Good to the Last Drop"

6" x 8" mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
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Remember that red cup? It is like two blog posts ago, well, here it is and it is one tough cup painting.
It has been through the ink wash, more paint, pastels and I'm not really sure of all the materials. I know I've used steel wool at one point to remove some stuff I didn't like and isopropyl alcohol to remove stuff too! Yes, the red cup has even been through a name change... "Good to the Last Drop".

Whew, hope I can handle another cup painting! I hope you can too!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Black Cup"

8"x6" acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
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Black coffee cup. I started this painting with black acrylic, thinking about a black coffee cup that we have in the cabinet at home. Then I was going to paint back into it. When I looked at it the next day, I decided that it looked done! So I have declared it finished.

My homage to Franz Kline!

Off the subject and just for fun check out this video about Bob... maybe you have seen it. Be sure to watch past the first set of credits.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Yellow Cup"

8" x 6" mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
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A "Yellow Cup", yup, made this one up right out of my brain. Having a loosey (like Lucy) time.
This little painting has gouache, acrylic and dry pastel. I found dry pastels in my studio the other day and wow, so soft. I have them right where I can find them again!

Red Cup after ink washed off
Here is the red cup after I washed off most of the ink. This is the piece that I really laid the gouache on thick before I inked it. Next, I will go back into the painting again to finish 'er up.

Talking country today... giddy up cowboy.... nope I don't have cowboy boots or a cowboy hat...


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

All 100 Apple Paintings in One Place!

Here it is my video of all 100 Apple Paintings from one to 100!

I hope you like it. It's not too long, but it sure did take me a long time to make it!

I am working on putting together a little book of the paintings, it is just taking me a while to write the introduction and the ending. I'm on a roll though!

Tomorrow, I will post another coffee cup and what I've learned from the gouache project!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Are you ready for this?

6" x 8" Mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
Okay, I may have made a mistake... or maybe not. The above image is the final piece with a bit of work added... some dry pastels, more gouache, ummm, black india ink pen.

Ink washed off
Here is the painting with the ink washed off and no additional work. It seems to me the whole piece got a little dull on me, so I thought I would try again!

Red Cup before ink
Here is a quick study of just the cup, but I used solid red for the cup. I laid the gouache on really, really heavy this time and hopefully I let it dry enough before I poured on some india ink.

Red Cup with india ink
Okay, not a great photo again, but I do hope you get the idea. Rather than brushing the ink on, I poured it on then kind of allowed it to flow around by tipping the paper different directions. I also left some areas free of ink. Control areas I guess they would be in the experimental (scientific) world. In the first picture, the white line that indicates the horizon or table top has no paint on it. It is the white of the gessoed paper. I wanted to see if the ink would make a black line out of the un-gouached places.

Okay, tomorrow I will wash the gouache! 

Two experiments here: 1. Will laying down the gouache thicker allow the painting to come out brighter, and 2. Will the un-gouached areas become ink black?


Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Nesting Cups"

5.5" x 7.5" mixed media on paper
This is the first step to one of the next cup paintings. This is a photo of the painting before I put ink all over it. Below is a photo taken with my ipod (ie; bad photo) of the painting with india ink spread over the surface!
India ink all over the surface!
Tomorrow, I will carefully remove some of the ink from the surface by running this painting under a stream of running water. Scary...... Most of the painting is acrylic, but then I went back onto the surface with gouache and some gold ink. A little experimentation here... this is the before and tomorrow....

I will show you more!!