Saturday, 18 January 2014

Still On Track

Night Life
Watercolour on Illustration Board
22cm x 30cm
I am presently working on a floral using a Fredrix canvas and really enjoying painting on this surface as it does allow for easily lifting back but as the same time it takes a bit to get the layers to stay put. I hope to finish it today as this has taken me longer than any other work as it does seem to be a slow process. (This will be my third day).
I am however keeping up by using my delicious foodies as my warm up each day. I am also including this little Possum Painting which was another attempt as using watercolour on the Illustration board I purchased before Christmas. Whilst Possums look sweet they are in fact a darn nuisance. The local gallery where I exhibit has one (or 2) in the walls and we have not been able to catch them. They come out at night and return at dawn and sleep all day. They smell and with old buildings their daily habits find ways of getting inside. Yuk!
Even if you can catch them they are protected and they cannot be let go more than 50 metres away so of course they come back. Our gallery building has lots of holes that enable them to just get back inside.
I am still on track with these 3 being Days 16,17, and 18



16 comments:

  1. I love your nocturnal creature Lorraine; he looks like trouble but in a cute way. It is a shame they cause so much havoc and are difficult to catch. I love your last two "foodies", the blue background sets them off beautifully. I love the colors, they would brighten up a kitchen wall!

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    1. Thanks Celia, just so happy I thought of these otherwise I would certainly be struggling for 30 ideas

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  2. Love the possum! I guess they have to look cute if they are such a nuisance. I can't decide if I want to eat the prawn noodle soup or those lucious tarts. Good thing dinner is almost ready. lol

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    1. Have both Joan, main course and desert LOL

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  3. When you paint on illustration board, do you gesso it or treat it with something first or anything? I have some illustration board and I don't know what to do with it. It never occurred to me to try watercolors on it.

    I love your possum. I also got hungry looking at your soup and tarts. Must be time for dinner!

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    1. I just painted straight on it. It is Cold Press but really designed for acrylic or gouache. Tape around the edges(going around the back) and then if you use a bit too much water it doesn't seep between the paper surface and the backing board

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  4. I too am loving your foodie series. Also love the cute little guy. I've just discovered Arches watercolour board...the HP surface is very similar to illustration board I reckon. Are you going to spray varnish these or frame under glass?

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    1. Thanks Maggie, I only have three that are half OK so was not going to pay for framing. Had not thought of spray varnish. Will choose one and give it a try. Australia is incredibly slow to get new product in and buying paper or board from outside is not an option due to freight. I have seen the Arches board online but not here.

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    2. Lorraine, I have been experimenting with cold wax medium as a varnish as well as spray varnish for water media. Will write about it on my blog later when I have some more experiments completed. I am so happy to be back in the States where art materials are widely available and shipping is often free with orders over a certain amount. I ordered board three days ago and it has arrived already!

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  5. I love painting animals as well.I get motivation from you to paint food as well.

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  6. Look forward to seeing your masterpiece!! Love the painting of the possum and learning a bit about them in the meantime. Your foodies are brilliant.

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  7. I love your foodies series, and also the possum! I really admire you for keeping up with the challenge!

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  8. You're managing quite well Lorraine and you're so organized. Your possom made me smile. It reminds me of my husband who caught 17 squirrels in the past week and moved them back to the mountain nearby. Nobody wants to kill animals but they can get a real nuisance sometimes.
    Your foodies are just so cute! Good weekend!

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  9. And now the month is more than half over! You're doing a fabulous job, Lorraine, and I'm enjoying every painting you post.

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  10. I thought this little Possum looked so sweet, but after what you told , I am really glad we have none of them here :-) But you did paint him beautifully :-) Your food looks so inviting...uhmmm, that tart !

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  11. Wonderful group Lorraine! And you're over half way! Our possums don't look so sweet, esp. when they show their teeth.

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