Wednesday, 12 September 2012
COLOURING OUTSIDE THE LINES
By nature I have always been a definite 'colour within the lines' person, and I spend my time trying to break away from that limitation to draw and paint more freely and spontaneously.
It's hard though, but when I manage it I'm always pleased with the result.
I was given a Christmas present of Rolina van Vliet's excellent book 'Painting Abstracts - ideas, projects and techniques', which not only covers abstracts but also helps with 'loosening up'.
I really found the book helpful, and over the months since Christmas have worked my way through different approaches to abstracts and to loosening up.
This is my attempt with 'drippy technique', using acrylic paints.
Very pleased with this, and I decided to have some of my drips dripping upwards from the lower edge.
The next nude lady is underpainted with a texture material, while the background was left untextured. The texture stuff I used really soaked up the paint and I had to paint over it more than once, but she really stands out from the background.
Very pleased with this, and with the background.
As there's no seat or carpet for her to rest her lovely body upon, she is clearly a 'levitating lady', a good companion for my 'drippy lady'.