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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

View from the Window

I received a new book in the mail today - Celebrate Your Creative Self by Mary Todd Beam. It is wonderful - chocked full of wonderful projects that are so creative and pushing the edge...just what I need!

The project I selected today asked you to come up with a composition which starts with a triangle, square and circle. She used a bird and so did I, but my bird is not like her bird I assure you! She also used liquid acrylics and I used watercolors. The challenge in this projects was to protect white areas by masking with contact paper, which I didn't have! Soooo - I used masking tape to create my dark and light patterns. I put the tape on the areas and then cut around it with an x-acto knife. Then I did the painting with quinacridone burnt orange, yellow ochre, cereulean blue and quinacridone gold. Of course I used salt to texturize some areas. I plan to work my way through the book using the projects.

9 comments:

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Barb, Wonderful design and exciting painting!

Barb Sailor said...

Thank you Peggy! The book is fascinating. I know I will enjoy working through it.

AutumnLeaves said...

The one time I tried salt, it sure didn't do what it was supposed to do. Then too, it stuck to the paper. I had a dilly of a time getting it off (and I confess, it probably still has some salty texture). This is lovely, Barb. I'm not a big fan of abstracts but this one has such a folksy and warm feeling to it that it just is perfect!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

You do do such interesting work Barbara. Great composition with the geometric shapes and bird and as for the weaving of two reject paintings together fantastic idea. Must have a go. Yours turned out quite beautiful - modern yet able to see realism behind the weave.

Barb Sailor said...

AutumnLeaves...there have been times that I had trouble removing salt - I have never figured out why for sure - but I suspect that it has something to do with how thick the paint was applied and at what stage of drying salt was applied. I have had the best success when my watercolor wash was not too saturated with paint.
I am glad you like this little abstract - since the book I am using is basically abstract, the paintings I will be doing will also be somewhat abstract. That is good for me because I tend to be too tight.
Thanks, always, for your comments.

Barb Sailor said...

Thank you, Joan, for your comments.The future projects from this book will be a stretch for me, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

jgr said...

It's beautiful! I love the graceful abstract quality yet it's realistic, too. Very unique!

Gillian said...

Bright, vibrant and it looks like fun too. It would make a great stained glass window. x

Christine's Arts said...

This painting is awesome. I love it, you did a great job of pushing the edge!