Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Not Three of a Kind

It's only Wednesday and I have had a very productive time in my studio since my last blog post. I painted on Saturday, Monday afternoon and most of Tuesday with three paintings completed that have pleased me and each is very different in technique and approach.

Beyond Meningie
Mixed Media on Yupo
Painting size 15"x 221/2"
Framed 22 1/2 " x 30
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The first is on Yupo,  a surface that I pull out when I want to be experimental and not have too many expectations. I received by post late last week my first acrylic paints and I was itching to try them out once our daughter and grandson had left from their 5 day visit. I combined with these, watercolour, ink and even a dab of oil pastel for this landscape which I composed from my recollections of the scenery further down the Coorong beyond Meningie, a route we travel when we go down south to the coastal town of Robe about 5 hours away. Not working from any reference and with all these new elements together I had a very free and creative experience. I have already framed this and enjoy looking at all the texture created.

My other two have only the fact they are watercolour in common. This Zebrafish painting I created for an upcoming little exhibition at Port Noarlunga organised by the Save Our Gulf Coalition and I will also enter my fish painting from last year called "Life in the Gulf". Researching the Zebrafish on the web  I could not really tell what colour the dark stripes were but using the idea of my dead fish painting from last week I made a composition of a school of live fish and when they were dry used my irridesence medium again.
The last painting finished is for my "edible collection" another of my loose - compose as you go creations. I have tried painting figs about three times now and each time I found them heavy looking but this is my fourth attempt to be happy and I have resigned myself that they are not a delicate looking fruit but appear heavy and dense so I have been settled at the darkness required to render the fruit on paper.
The School Uniform
Painting size 11' x 15"
Figs for Feasting
Painting size 15" x 11"

12 comments:

  1. Three excellent paintings. Hope you like your acrylics, I find they dry to quickly for me! I love the dark areas that make the fish stand out and it's interesting to hear of your use of iridescent medium here (another thing lying unused in my drawer) The figs painting works because of the soft background, they don't look heavy. It was worth your persevering.

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    1. Thanks Polly, I don't intend painting in acrylics as I love the fluidity of watercolour too much but I bought a mini set to use a bit in mixed media. I found out that not only did they dry too quickly but they dry darker

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  2. Ahh! So interesting... and 'live' fish this time!
    This grouping made a super painting almost abstract in it's quality.
    Acrylics? I have a set, cannot get the hang of it, but possibly with other mediums might get something decent.. BJ

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    1. Thanks BJ, I see the acrylics as just an amusement every now and then

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  3. I love the mixed media piece. You have captured the scene wonderfully

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    1. Thanks Paul, this is quite typical of the are where I live, glad you like it

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  4. All three are fab Lorraine but that first one grabs my attention by miles. Maybe because it is so natural and realistic in feel. Love the textures and subtle light changes you created.

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    1. Interesting comment Laura seeing we are both loose watercolour fanatics, I dont seem to get the results I want in landscapes in wc alone but when I just play as I did with this piece with bits of this and that it seemed to come together more pleasingly

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  5. Maybe not three of a kind, Lorraine, but three winners. You are so versatile in your technique, subject, and approach. It's a joy to see your paintings, something I look forward to!

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    1. Terry thanks for your continuing encouragement. I like to break up my watercolour practise with something different now and then just so I keep being expressive and creative with no pressure on an outcome if that makes sense

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  6. Lorraine, it's so neat to see what you're up to! Love your mixed media pieces, but your animals are always excellent. Figs are such an interesting subject, I need to find some near me too.

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    1. Bet you have figs in your climate Sherry, thanks for leaving your comment much appreciated

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