Category: Rebelle

Did You Really Say That

 

This is a painting that I started about two years ago.  It gave me nothing but grief.  I could see the eye in the main face just about in the center of the piece, but I could not get it to work.  I kept struggling with this piece, but nothing would work.  It just looked ugly.  I would go to other areas in the painting to work, and things just got worse.

Finally, I just gave up and put it away.  I have learned to never throw away or in my case of digital paintings, delete, a painting.  You just never know.

So about a month ago, I pulled this out.  Now this is where the joy of digital painting comes about.  I had the base of this painting.  I had started it in Rebelle, a watercolor app for the computer.  So, I was able to pretty much go back to that.  There were a couple of areas I wanted too preserve.  I kept those.  Then just like magic, the painting came together.

I haven’t had a painting go this easily ever!  It just flowed.  Which, given that it gave me such fits for so long, I guess I deserved this.

If you look around, you can find all kinds of other faces.  There’s a guy in the upper left spewing out all kinds of garbage.  We all know that kind of person, right?

I had a blast making this painting.  I hope you enjoy looking at it.

As I said, I started this painting in Rebelle, where I start pretty much all my paintings. Then I took it into Painter 2017 to finish it.  I used brushes I made.  I made the brushes from dynamic speckle types.  If you want more details about the brushes, or want the brushes, contact me.

Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be

Driving Home Ain't What It Used To Be

Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be

This is another painting using impasto brushes.

As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle, using watercolors and inks to make lots of drips and other interesting shapes and lines.

Then, I took it into Painter and added the impasto brushes.

I’m thinking of changing my blog.  I started this blog because I was very ill with what was diagnosed at Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease.  Well, it turns out I just had Lyme disease.  I’m feeling better after four long years of treatment for the Lyme.

I am out and about walking and doing other things I haven’t been able to do in almost 20 years.  I want my blog to be a celebration of the new me.  I’m going to keep the name of my blog, but change the description.

It turns out that I also have atypical migraines.  I have had a bad bout with that.  But, hooray, there’s a medication for that.  I’m on it, and that is resolving.  I’ve had that since 1983.  So, things are really looking up in my life.  I hope your life is going well.

 

Pouring Down

Pouring Down

Pouring Down

I am very happy with this painting.  It pulls together many things I have tried to do in my paintings for some time.

First, lights and darks.  It sounds simple to just use lights and darks in one’s art.  But it is very hard to get the right balance of lights and darks.  They are what will make a painting “pop”.

Next, different textures.  Texture in the painting will make it more interesting and keep the viewer involved.  I was finally able to make a brush in Painter that picks up paper grain.  In Painter, I can bring in any paper textures I want.  I bring in papers of all kinds.  I have papers from real-world media and Ih have papers of rocks, bark and just about anything you can think of.

I used some geometric brushes that I made in this piece.  If you look, you can see triangles throughout the piece.  Those were the stamp brush.

I tried to pay closer attention to composition in this work.  I tried to give the eye a path to walk.  Not that you have to walk that exact path, go where you want.

As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and then took it into Painter.

 

Down A Geometric Alley

Down A Geometric Alley

Down A Geometric Alley

This painting is a bit different for me.  I’ve tried very hard to put a bit more composition in my paintings.

The art rules say that one should try to lead the eye around in the painting by use of color, lights and darks, contrast and shapes.

In this painting, I tried to lead your eye around with various shapes.

I have mixed feelings about this.  I know there needs to be an order in the chaos of my paintings.  But, I don’t want to force someone’s eye to go where they don’t want it to go. When I view abstract art, I like to give my eye free reign to find whatever it is my imagination wants to see.

I’m going to work on these various ways of leading the eye for a bit in my next few paintings.

So beware, you may go where you don’t plan on going.

 

Rainy Day Dreams

Raiiny Day Dreams

Rainy Day Dreams

I have to say that I am feeling so much better.  Better than I have felt in 20 years or so.  Lyme disease, which I have in addition to fibromyalgia, has more than just one germ that needs to be eradicated.  Finally, my lyme physician has put me on yet another antibiotic that treats one of these germs.

I have had an amazing reaction to it.  While I was in Maui in October and November, I was able to walk one and one-half miles.  This may not sound like much to anyone.  But for me, it has been amazing.  I haven’t been able to walk much more than about two blocks or so at a time.  Yes, I have walked longer at times, but then came home exhausted and would have to rest for many days, sometimes, weeks.

But in Maui, I did this and was able to keep going back for more.

Inside of me there has been this heaviness, that pulls me down.  It has been there for over 20 years.  That is finally going away.  This is very exciting for me.

My creativity also seems to be increasing.  That is really exciting.

As to this painting.  I started it in Rebelle with watercolors.  I just poured on watercolors in various bright shades and made them very thick and let them pour down.

Then, I took the painting into Painter.  I used some of Painter’s new brushes called Dynamic Speckle brushes. I used them to further refine the shapes that I found.  Then I took pencils and did some outlining of shapes.  This was a very fun painting to do.

I gave it this name, because I started it on a very dark dreary day, and I was dreaming of bright colors that hopefully will come after the first of the year.

 

Glorious Morning

Glorious Morning

Glorious Morning

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

Going Round In Circles

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.

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