While the Hatter is on hold I started on a series of smaller (about 10 x 10 cm / 8 x 8 inches) paintings. This one will double for the first #Colour_Collective challenge of the year on Twitter. The challenge colour is Aureolin (yellow) and the participation date for that is Friday evening. The plan is to have this painting be joined by three other paintings with a singular colour theme. Can’t wait to get started on the next ones!
Experienced a sudden crash in health and well being. Yesterday I started on a new painting using acrylic paint on acrylic pad paper. The Mad Hatter. My health dip made me sleep for hours so I didn’t finish it on time and the same happened today. That’s how life goes sometimes, not all health issues can be dodged. Either way, the painting that was supposed to be finished in a day will probably be two days late. I don’t often do portraits so it doesn’t flow as easily as paintings of trees and fields. Getting the right colour mix and shadows falling well will be a fun challenge. At the same time it makes me hesitant to work on it. I don’t want to ruin it, especially since I’ve shown the world I’m working on it. For the record, doctors have suggested chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia as a potential explanation for what I’m experiencing. Usually it’s not that bad. Today’s tiredness was mostly because I had to get up early in the morning so my brain kept waking me up plenty times during the night just in case it was time to go. Ugh. The brain is like a big well meaning but clumsy dog sometimes.
Sometimes there’s just not enough time to finish in an evening. This still needs some tweaking but it’s late, I’m doing these super big yawns and just can’t wait to get some sleep. Good night creature, good night critter, good night internet. Canvas is 36 x 46 cm / 14 x 18 inches. The paint is acrylics.
Oh boy, this painting took too long. Two evenings, something like 8 hours total, just for some clouds. The paint overblended too easily so I ended up having to wait for layers to dry before trying to smudge it into softer cloud forms. Perhaps if I had used a different cloud-making technique with lots of diluted paint and careful shadowing it’d have been faster. I wanted something spirited. Rainbow. Pride even. Usually I add birds to my skies but in this case the clouds themselves are like little people, creatures. The canvas is 30 x 80 cm / 12 x 31 inches. Acrylic paint.
Half way through painting this I thought to myself “..but where are the shadows on our moon, really?” and I googled forth some reference pictures. Trust me, sometimes it’s better to just make stuff up. Everything doesn’t have to be realism. Deciding to fiddle with textures and shadows and craters after midnight was not the most brilliant idea ever but I’m happy enough with how it turned out. It’s a bigger canvas this time: 38 x 46 cm / 15 x 18 inches. Acrylics on canvas.
In my mind I can see a narrow boat floating along right across this scene.. but right now, I just don’t want to disturb the scene. I want to keep the peace I feel currently. I’m listening to Doreen Virtue’s “How to Hear Your Angels” and it really affected my mood. Feeling very peaceful so I call this painting “Peace”, I can’t bring myself to complicate matters. Acrylics on canvas, 27 x 30 cm or about 10 x 12 inches.
More blue. I had envisioned more purple or pink but my mood is too blue today. Not necessarily blue as in sad, I’m just feeling that colour very strongly right now. So here we have these frosty looking flowers. The canvas is tiny and fits into my hand easily. 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches. It’s a joy to have that limited space, zooming in on a subject. No space for spacing out.
You know that feeling when really what you’re aiming for is a short 25 second animation but it’s a canvas painting so you can’t do that? I ended up with this painting that I feel unsure of. In my head I see the scene still dancing around. My mind zooms in on the details inside the flower. And none of it is visible, it’s in my head. So I don’t know how to feel about this. No doubt it’ll help to sleep on it.
I really wanted to paint an animal today and in my mind I could see this painting already formed. The owl was planned to be a bit bigger, watching the viewer more close up and personal, but I’m happy enough with how it turned out. I’ve been out in the cold winter air today, perhaps that’s a reason for why I feel very beige and pale today. Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 30 cm / about 9 x 12 inches.