I’ve always loved working on Yupo as a substrate and have recently returned to it as I work with inks again. Working with textures and colours to create backgrounds has been fun although I’ve been left with two paintings that I love as they are. So I’m putting them aside for a few days and I’ll revisit and add to them if necessary.
April is a busy month for me. The 1st April is the reception for the juried Unique By Nature Art Competition by the Arts and Music Guild of McKinney. Both my daughter and I have art entered. The same weekend sees some of my figure drawings alongside other local artists in The Figure exhibition at The Cove. The Unique by Nature exhibition is viewable at the McKinney Performing Arts Center through to the 23rd April.
The 7th April is the start of a three day art festival in Downtown McKinney with the square and side streets closed off for a big three days “Arts in Bloom” event. I’m glad of the 10 by 10 area allocated to me because I have so much art to show that weekend. Hoping that Texas weather is kind to us.
I’m a member of quite a few Facebook groups dedicated to alcohol ink artists and am so in awe of some of the art they produce. Most artists love the way the inks move and merge and react to each other to create fabulous abstract pieces, others paint to create simple pieces that are full of vibrant colours but others take it that step further to incorporate alcohol ink pens like Copic and Spectrum to create absolute masterpieces. Just google alcohol ink paintings or check out Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean.
I prefer to keep it simple although I have dabbled with pens too in creating more realistic paintings. When I actually find some time to do some larger realistic paintings I’ll post them here. The beauty is when you are working small the painting and inks are very portable so you can work anywhere. As they dry so quickly you can always be creative during a quick break. Now it’s cooler in Texas I can even work outside early in the morning or during my lunch break.
I love working with alcohol inks simply because they are so unpredictable and because you can get so many effects. One of the things I like to do is create abstract florals using just a straw, inks and a piece of Yupo. This is the same technique I use for creating flowers on coasters. It’s such a simple process yet you get the most amazing effects.
I start from the outside and work in towards the center. In this painting I decided to use a couple of different shades of green dropped ink near the edge and blew through the straw spreading the ink to the edges.
Once I’ve worked around the entire edge I’ll move on and add coloured inks, sometimes layering a couple of colors
If you want you can also use canned air, the sort you buy for a couple of dollars, to clean keyboards. Just make sure you have a few practice blasts first and watch those curtains😱
I will continue in a circular path until I reach the center and voila you have a beautiful abstract flower. Easy peasy !!!
Sometimes you just create some thing that turns out far better than you expected and this to me, is one of those paintings. I love the way tthe sky looks with all those fantastic pinks and tangerines and moody purples while the temple turned out way better than I could have hoped for. Usually I’ll work with a couple of inks but this particular sky was created using layers of coloured ink interspersed with white inks until I got the effect I wanted. The temple I was going for was the kind you see in adventure movies like Indiana Jones or those old Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movies where the temple has fallen into ruin and is covered in vines. This too took quite a few layers of more subtly coloured inks, covered with white ink then washed with alcohol to create that vine covered look.
Size 5 by 7 inches matted to 8 by 10 inches
To see this painting in my store click here
My obsession with poppies continues. This painting was created when I couldn’t decide what to do with a painting that was “too busy” and toned it down by outlining poppies with acrylic paints. I love the way it turned out ❤️
A Noiseless Patient Spider – Walt Whiman
A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere
During the last two November storms in Texas I managed to lose a huge portion of my roof. Well not lost it to be precise considering I know that it is scattered throughout our neighborhood but it does mean I have to find a considerable $ amount for the deductible. Hence I’m making even bigger efforts to publicize my art and get some more sold. Shame any money will disappear into the black hole that is a stupid deductible but thankfully any $’s raised will be ensuring I keep a roof over my head. Literally!
I’ve been doing yet another thirty in thirty challenge and admit to cheating on some days. When I create a painting I usually put it away for a while or stare at it on my wall for a few days before determining if it’s finished or not. Alcohol inks afford you the chance to add more inks or alcohol and change your painting or even start over. A couple of times in this challenge I’ve looked back at the paintings I created and decide to “up cycle” them. For example the pink floral in the selection below started as a pink and purple abstract but after a few days of looking at it (and running out of time to create my daily artwork) I took a straw and some Piñata Blanco Blanco ink and created flowers over the top. The inks are great because they absorb some of the colour from before and create delicately translucent petal effects.
“From small beginnings come great things” Proverb
The second Saturday of each month Mckinney artists get to hang out in Downtown Mckinney on the square demonstrating their art and hopefully selling a few pieces. It’s a great chance to see some fantastic artists at work and an opportunity for those visiting the square to watch art being created. I have some small alcohol ink paintings and prints, some packs of adult colouring sheets as well as some tiny tile magnets and necklaces which I’m hoping to sell. It may feel a little bike a craft store at my table but it’s these small sales that allow me to buy more canvases , paint and brushes to allow me to focus on some larger art works. Every sales means a lot to me and you never know one day I may actually stop being an impoverished artist who can concentrate on just painting. With that in mind tonight I’ve been working on some mini magnets.
They are created from a large mosaic type tile which I’ve cut down into the individual pieces then created simple abstract flowers on them with alcohol inks and a straw in much the same way I created my poppy tile. I had some magnetic Maggie Golinski Art calendars which are now not much use so I cut those up to 4.5cm pieces and glued them on a couple of tiles but found that while they easily stick to the fridge they cannot hold even one piece of paper. Ughhhh! So I’ve ordered some stronger magnets (unfortunately round) so until they arrive I’m allowing the ink to dry for a day or so then I’ll give them a couple of coats of Kamar clear spray before finishing them with a layer or two of Gloss Engine Enamel. Hopefully that will make them a little more durable and protect the alcohol inks.
I’m also going to work on some cats eye necklaces to satisfy the crazy cat lady in me. Waiting on some glass cabochons to arrive before I can start on those but they’ll be added to my collection of cat paw print necklaces which I created previously. Part of those sales will go towards local animal rescue charities with whom I work and support.
Poppies are one of my favourite flowers not only to see in the countryside and gardens during spring and summer but to paint. The simplest of flowers it symbolises peace and sleep and since the battles in the fields of Flanders a symbol of rememberance also.
I’ve painted poppies in watercolors and acrylics and love the simplicity of their structure. Although there are other colours it is the vibrancy of the red ones that I’m drawn to. This poppy was created using alcohol inks on a 6 by 6 inch ceramic tile. No brushes involved I dropped the alcohol onto the tile and blew through a straw to create the petals then worked inwards with layers of the red and white inks before creating the center of the flower using black ink.
Colours; Watermelon, snowcap and black. Only three colours but wow what an impact!