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WIPs with drips

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I got started working big again, this time with drip backgrounds like I'd started at the Abstract in VT workshop with Jane in 2015. One of these actually IS a Big Fat Art piece from that workshop and the other two are painting to music loosening up pieces for this summer's workshop. All are on cheap drawing paper. What I've learned from working on these so far is that I want to do more big pieces, and I want to get more texture. Ergo, I'm going to start some on heavyweight Stonehenge printmaking paper and 20×24 canvas. Time to start thinking about winter projects!

BFA piece. Who knows what's under all that…going for a sort of street art-graffiti look here

These three started as a series riffing off the first one. The plan was to use a similar color scheme over the drip backgrounds.

This one is going to get a lot of that turquoise covered with black…

I don't know exactly where this one is going, but I love the top!

 

Next stages, next series

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Here's this series

with white and black added.

 

Here's the third series I started, with warmer colors. I'm thinking these will get a cool color accent somewhere in the process…

 

And here's a fourth series using a darker, warm gray to start:

 

That I had to brighten up. I also used white around the edges for some quiet space.

Not sure where any of these are going next, but I'm having fun!

 

Starting now

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Starting a new art journal. I decided to try the Strathmore hardcover watercolor journal as a change from the spiral bound Visual journals I’ve been using. We’ll see how it stands up to all the sprays I use. This is a page where I used gesso and acrylic paint as the first layer, scratched through it, and then sprayed over it with dark blue and black. I journaled a bit with a paint pen then sprayed through a Crafters Workshop stencil. The leaves were cut out of acrylic-painted paper I made ages ago.

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