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Keeping it Simple

imageI’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.

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Straws and inks

imageI 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.

imageI 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.

imageOnce 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 curtainsšŸ˜±

imageI will continue in a circular path until I reach the center and voila you have a beautiful abstract flower. Easy peasy !!!

 

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Temple of Peace

imageSometimes 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 whileĀ 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 gotĀ 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

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Rocking The Blues

imageSapphire moors – as you know I like to create skies by pouring different coloured inks and allowing them to run and blend. I could use the same colours tens of times in succession but each sky will be unique. I love the way this particular sky turned out. I used only two colours of inks through the entire painting but washed through alcohol to lighten them and create the various shades and effects then the moon was painted in with white ink.

Size 5 by 7 inches matted to 8 by 10 inches

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Purple Haze

imagePurple Haze – I like to create skies by pouring different coloured inks and allowing them to run and blend. I could use the same colours tens of times in a row but each sky will be unique. I love the way this particular sky turned out. I used only three colours of inks but washed through alcohol to lighten them and create the various shades and effects then the moon was painted in with white ink.

Size 5 by 7 inches matted to 8 by 10 inches SOLD

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If you can’t sleep #becreative

This morning I did my usual waking up at 3.33 (aren’t they angel numbers?) and so set imageto painting straight away. I hate starting off with a blank canvas so usual play on it first. Either I’m making marks, adding words and colour, or even actually painting something. In the future if anyone bothers to X-ray any of my paintings they’ll probably find two or three paintings hidden underneath. Masterpieces all lol

I’m drawn to painting seascapes and landscapes at night. Maybe they calm me down and I get back to sleep. Here are the next two of my Insomnia Series III and IV both started as glass jars and flowers and ended up totally different. 8 by 8 by 1.5 deep gallery wrapped canvases.

 

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Morning has broken…gossamer threads

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A Noiseless Patient Spider – Walt Whiman
A noiseless patient spider,
I markā€™d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Markā€™d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launchā€™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 formā€™d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere