This is a painting I did while we were still in Maui. I was very influenced by the gorgeous flowers in Maui. Tropical flowers are so bright and have such beautiful shapes.
I think of this as abstract flowers. I was showing more the shapes and colors than actual flowers that I saw.
I work on my abstracts in layers. I start with a painting in Rebelle, making lots of drips and using the pen to make lots of lines. Then, when I bring the painting into Painter, I look around for shapes and colors that I like, and that is how my paintings grow.
Going Round In Circles
I started this painting in an app called Rebelle. I used watercolors and inks and created lots of drips. Then I painted with a watercolor brush loaded with lots of paints and drew in various shapes.
Then, I took it into Painter 2016 and used pencils and acrylic paints to finish the piece.
I like using pencils in lots of different colors in my paintings. It seems like a great way to spread color around in a painting.
I like this particular painting because it has a lot of very bright colors. I painted it while we were in Maui recently. I think all the beautiful tropical colors there influenced me.
The Obvious Path
This is a painting I did while we were in Maui during October and November of this year.
I haven’t been painting very long, only since September of 2012. So, maybe what is difficult for me, is old hat to other artists. Although, I think that most artists have the same recurring difficulties that I do.
I can often get myself to think I’m not a very good artist. I know I’m no Gauguin, although I would like to be. But, I think my painting is pretty good. I know that it makes people happy to look at it. I know it is cheerful and filled with bright, beautiful colors.
But there are days, and it happened in this painting where I think I’m horrible. I get to a certain point in a painting, and it become difficult and challenging. This is when I can tend to beat myself up. I don’t get too severe with myself. I told myself a year ago, that if I continued to do that, I would have to give up art. I was making myself too miserable.
But when this painting got about 3/4 done, I became very frustrated with it. But I finally worked my way out of the little snit and finished it.
I used some new brushes in this painting. They were made by a friend who has Painter. They are Liquid Brushes. They are a very old technology in Painter. So old, in fact, that they do not paint on layers. But they were fun brushes to use. They make a very nice bristly stroke.
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Dreaming About Maui
I just returned from a two-month trip to Maui. It’s like I’m a new woman. I have more energy than I’ve had in over 20 years. I have Lyme disease. It went undiagnosed for 18 years. I think that the treatment for the Lyme is finally starting to work.
I usually feel like I’m carrying around a 50-pound rock and always feel exhausted. I never do anything without first thinking about it to see if I have enough energy. That feeling is gone. I hope it continues to last. The pain is also being controlled with medication. I am so grateful.
This painting I did while in Maui. There are so many incredibly beautiful flowers in Maui. I just had to paint a few.
I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and finished it in Painter with oil paints.
These two paintings were done from the same painting.
I started these two in Rebelle. I took each one a slightly different direction with different brushes in Painter.
It was interesting to try this, but I’m not sure I would do it again. I got rather tired of the painting towards the end of the second one.
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I am going through an extremely prolific period with my art. I’m making it so fast, I don’t have time for anything else, including blogging my art.
I have decided to take a break and try to blog some of this art.
This piece, I started in Rebelle with watercolors, acrylics and inks. I love the app Rebelle. It runs water just like how real water runs. I could sit and stare at it moving water and colors around all day.
After doing most of the work in Rebelle, I took the piece into Painter and used some camel hair brushes to add a bit more.
I hope you enjoy Wandering Thoughts.
I have made a lot of art recently, but not blogging much. Thus, I am quite behind in what is on my blog and where I am with my art.
I’m finding it’s hard to remember how I worked with each painting because they were done weeks ago.
Today’s painting is one that I recall was very challenging. This happens to me quite often. I really struggle with a painting to get it finished. Nothing ever seems to come easy for me with my art.
I see other artists and they just seem to flow with art coming out of them very easily.
Although I know from living as long as I have that no human experience is ever unique, so I know there must be others like me that struggle with their paintings.
I love to do art. I think the satisfaction is many times in the struggle to get the piece to look like what I want it to say.
There is a very long road from what the brain sees to what finally gets put on the paper.
I hope you enjoy Mesmerize.