Category Archives: canvases

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It goes this way

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I've started a few canvases as test pieces for a canvas I'm going to do for a friend. I wanted to play with colors and work with modeling paste and graphite…and not think too much. I started two fresh canvases and two that already have paint on them, all four 16 x 20.

I'm playing with sunset colors, the beach, the ocean…

 

 

And adding lines with graphite and then using them as structure for the composition…

 

At this point, I was looking at the piece from different angles,standing back, turning it around and thought 'oh, it goes this way'.

 

And it was practically done.

A lesson in the value of looking at your work from all distances, directions, and angles!

 

Adventures in composition

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I'm taking an online class from Jane Davies right now as part of my intent to improve my composition skills. I'm really enjoying it and wish I could spend more time at it. Which one of Murphy's Laws is it that says as soon as you commit to something fun, work intensifies? Anyway, this is a mini cruciform study, probably my favorite of the six 4x4s I did. You can see them all here

 

Grand canvases

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I finally got a fourth 6 x 8 canvas so I could finish my grandparents collage series. The series started with the aqua canvas that was an out of the journal project when Dina Wakeley was doing that challenge. I took a favorite journal spread and put it on canvas, and added the thumbnail of my Gramma Mac as a girl (yes, that’s not the usual spelling, but Gramma Mac told me she loved it so I always spell it that way) as a focal image. Before it was finished I knew I’d have to do three more.

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Journal to canvas

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I admit it, I hated what I had done on this canvas. So I took Dina Wakely’s advice for her art journal to canvas challenge and took the concept for one of my favorite journal pages and turned it into a (reworked) canvas. I added a couple of elements, most important of which is the photo of my Gramma Mac. I like this so much I’m going to do three more canvases featuring my other grandparents!
Trying to get the colors on this canvas to photograph was impossible with the iPad. 😦

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Starting from scraps

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This canvas panel started with a piece of copy paper that I used to sop up overspray on something. I thought it was too cool to pitch so I stamped one of the butterflies (Balzer Designs from Impression Obsession) in my new stamp set onto it with VersaFine black, tore out the part I wanted to use and glued it to a canvas panel. I used the stencils that go with the stamps for the design on the butterflies wing (Pearl Ex over VersaMark experiment-it worked!) and some other stamps and stencils from Julie Balzer and finished up with purple masking tape. It’s probably too busy but I can live with that.

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Brights

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I realize I am definitely in a ‘bright’ period. The brighter the better! Must be the dark VT winters…but I think this period started in the summer: last summer, when I made these 5 x 7 canvases. The acrylic painted and stamped paper pieces on each were made even longer ago, so I guess my bright period has far-reaching roots. Wanted to do something with texture, so the butterfly has beads gel, the tulip has fiber gel, and the bird has a burlap nest. The main images are all home-made stencils and molding paste.