More News! Daily Paintworks Featured Artist for September 2019



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It’s been a hectic week! Great news yesterday that I’m a featured artist in the
Daily Paintworks August

2019 competition for my Mystic Bridge painting.

It’s in the bag 2019


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It’s that time of year again.  It’s the Post Road Art “It’s in the bag” competition.   $33 gets you a bag of materials and you have to work your magic to create something.    This year it was a doozy!   This is what we got : 

 


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Prominent in the bag were materials for making poured acrylic paintings.   Now this is something I have absolutely no experience with.   After a bit of googling and YouTubing I worked out that you put a lot of paint in a cup,  pour it onto a board, shoogle it around a bit, drop in some alcohol ink and voila! Painting. 

It’s a lot harder than it looks. 

I got paint everywhere.  On the table,  up my nose (!) on my tea mug, everywhere.  This is what I finally ended up with : 

 


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Kinda cool but I don’t think I’ll be doing a lot more of it.   And what I forgot was that these things take days to dry so I didn’t even get to enter it into the competition. 

So what to do?   Birds of course!   I first thought of a peacock but after trying I wasn’t happy.   I next thought of a toucan which seemed like a better bet but I messed up the beak which blew out into a big purple splodge.   This one ended up being the poured one above.    

After coming back to the peacock I decided I quite liked it so it was one of my entries.    Since I didn’t have anything to lose I tried the toucan again in a more traditional manner and he came out quite well.  Here he is : 

 


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Phew – all framed up and submitted.  Why do I always leave these things to the last minute? 

 


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Blue Jay in the Bag!


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There’s nothing like a competition to get me out of a rut.    This week is ‘It’s in the bag’ competition from Post Road Art in Marlborough.   You pay $30, get a random selection of materials and make anything you want with them.

Being pretty much a 100% watercolor painter I was a bit worried when I saw such things as acrylic,  iridescent paints,  bead gel (?) and wax crayons.  Not to mention bits of wire and thread.  Hmmmmm.


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Well I had nothing to lose.  As the materials were unfamiliar I plumped for a familiar subject and chose a rather fetching blue jay.   Working mostly by trial and error I was rather pleased how he came out.   I felt especially ‘creative’ by using the wrapper of the crayon to make the branch.