Monday, 4 January 2016

Face Lift in 2016

No not me LOL, I have just spent 6 hours giving this blog a face lift. I chose bloggers dynamic template but after 5 hours of trying to get it to add essential elements, googling to find it had limitations I have reverted back to a simple design. I could have been painting for 6 hours instead of getting frustrated with blogger but its done now.

I am not one for making new year resolutions but I do set myself new goals and challenges in my art. This year one of those goals is to explore other media to use with my watercolours. I find it very useful to make me free up and be able to create a more abstract take on my chosen subject so in 2016 you will see posts showing my traditional watercolours and also a look into my abstract journey. For a long time now I have lost that anxious feeling of whether my painting is going to work and have become too comfortable, trying abstracts, well, that's a whole new ballgame. I envisage many will be binned but only after exhausting any experiment I can try.
I was thrilled with this first abstract on a full sheet of Arches Cold Press Paper . What followed were two for the bin but hey its only paint and paper.

Key of C
76cm x 56cm


22 comments:

  1. Fantastic!!
    Have a Happy New Year dear Lorraine :))

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    1. Thank you Ute, happy painting 2016 to you

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  2. Wow, stunning abstract Lorraine! Very exciting direction to experiment with, and already such a great start.

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    1. Thanks Sherry, makes it fun mixing it up

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  3. Fabulous start to the year Lorraine. As always I am sure you will inspire especially as my muse has turned towards mixed media too. Looking forward to the adventure with you.

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  4. Fresh, clean - love your new blog face and your "Key of C" is absolutely gorgeous !!
    Wish you a very happy and creative New Year, dear Lorraine - surely after this fantastic start
    :-)

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    1. Thanks Isabella, wishing you a great 2016 painting year too

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  5. Great start to the new year!!! This is a lovely abstract...nice composition and energy. Looking forward to see what you will be doing this year.

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  6. This is a real WOW piece, wonderfully creative, your aim for 2016 started off really, really well !

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    1. Thanks Jane it will be fun to see where these go

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  7. What a fabulous abstract, Lorraine. I don't know how people paint them - you are well on your way! Happy new Year!

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    1. I don't know either Terry but I will have fun trying

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  8. This is a wonderful piece Lorraine!! I wish you a lot of great painting sessions in the coming year! Blog looks great!

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    1. Thanks Celia, glad you like my tweaked blog look

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  9. Una preciosidad! Me encanta el color y la composición. Tiene una gran creatividad y fantasía. ¡Feliz Año!

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    1. Antonio, thank you for your lovely comment

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  10. Impressive painting! I don't know much about abstract but I do like this piece, a marvellous design.

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    1. Thanks Helen, I don't much either but will have fun trying to get somewhere

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  11. That abstract is gorgeous! I hope you've entered it (or will enter it) in a juried show because it looks like a winner to me!

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  12. This is stunning Lorraine. It's such fun to experiment with abstracts and mixed media. The possibilities are endless. It's much more difficult than painting a realistic scene but it's very rewarding when you succeed. Well done.

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