Monday, March 20

Shifting Gears

I've always found it helps my creativity to walk away from my jewelry making and do something else for a day or two. I go back to my jewelry bench with a fresh outlook. I was struggling with a necklace design and just walked away and went out and did some long over due organizing in my garage. I cleared off the big jewelry bench out there (the one I had in the old house) and did a lot of other organizing too. I made a 2nd work area from a sheet of plywood and 2 sawhorses and put it at the end of the jewelry bench. I made a place for my nice easel to stay when not in use and created an area just for painting. Something I love to do but seldom do. I've painted about 4 painting in the last 3 years - that isn't a good sign and I'm hopeful that setting up this work area will get me back to painting at least every once in a while. 

I went on a bender and painted some quick and easy pour paint abstracts - had never tried that and I love it. It's finger painting for adults - just as messy and some really cool results. Here are my first few paintings. 

The first one I did got painted over, the second one I did I used for a background for the painting below. But then on the 3rd try I did one I liked. It has 3 colors in it and I love the contrast and flow of the paint. I thinned out this paint more than the folks I've seen on Instagram. It did very well. 

This is the one I messed up. This was an old canvas and it had metallic paint on it. Not sure if it was the torch or the  paint underneath but it caused the new paint to crack and get bumpy. So I painted a cool 70's chick on this far out background. 

The texture is strange but I was just playing around so I didn't care. 


These 2 are 7" x 14" and I did them today after completing the groovy chick. 
I have no clue what I'll do with these but I had fun and 
I guess that is all that matters. 

Note: don't paint with your canvases this close you will get the blues 
on the white and gold canvas. Lucky it kinda looked OK. 

In time the plywood top will be very interesting cause the paint never stays on the cardboard I put down under the canvases - it finds a gap and it escapes. 


3 comments:

Gene Black said...

Okay. I am curious - what do you use the torch for?

Quilt Rat said...

Oh, those paintings look like they are FUN to do and they turned out great!

Barb said...

A woman of many talents....love the last one too.