Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Small things

In this case a 4x4 canvas.

Not the best image of a robin,
the shape isn't quite right,
and the red is too sharply defined.
Not bad for a quick painting though.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The saga continues........

Day 3 of "the canvas"

I think I'm getting somewhere;
or at least I will be when it's dry (again)!

I have a vague idea of what's coming next,
but that could change by tomorrow
if I see something else in the swirls and lines.

Monday, 23 November 2015

No pics again

Nothing to see here folks,
move along....

Nothing to show again today. 
Unless you want to look at the latest layer of gesso on canvas. After yesterday's layers had eventually dried, I slapped some green paint on it, but it didn't look right. If ever this canvas gets to the stage of being a piece of art, I'll need a reinforced wall to hang it on!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Non-sticky, sticky stuff

Have you ever had one of those non-stick pans?
You know the sort I mean;
they're coated with something that was supposedly developed for NASA
or the military,
and nothing will stick to it ever;

Until you get make the perfect fried egg that is,
the one that is cooked to perfection,
perfectly shaped
not too runny
but just runny enough.
At which point the pan develops the adhesive quality
of a limpet armed with duct tape and superglue!

Well, today I've been working on a canvas.
I had the wonderful idea of layering up paint
and marking off sections with masking tape.
The kind that you can easily peel off,
and it even it falls off when you don't want it to.
And once it was dry I could peel it off 
in one smooth movement 
to reveal a masterpiece. 

Yeah, right! 

The canvas is now covered in a thick layer of gesso!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

99 luftballons

Another recycled canvas,
this was inspired by a song on the radio today
which I haven't heard for a while
but it took me back to living in Germany in the early 80s.

Apart from the balloon, this has been created without using brushes
just an old plastic card and some kitchen roll.
If you're wondering why there's two images,
I couldn't decide which I preferred.
The one on the left is with flash.

And this is the song.
The original is much better than the Anglicised version '99 red balloons'

Friday, 20 November 2015

To let

Playing around with a piece of canvas board from an earlier experiment (that didn't work out as expected). I used black gesso, and some red paint to make sure everything was covered over and didn't show through.
And then I needed a bit of detail adding.

I now need to decide on a resident for this.

After yesterday's post which was too light for people's monitors, I hope this isn't too dark. I've tried playing around with different images, but the light isn't great in here.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The details are a bit sketchy......

If this works, it will be a surprise for a friend.
If it doesn't it will remain buried in the sketch book!