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Water Song

Water Song

Acrylic on Linen, Mounted on Birch
11 x 14″
$350.00 

Water Song is finally done.

 

I am happy to announce that I have finished another wave painting.  I just have to sign it and then varnish it and it will be ready to go.

 Lately, I have been pursuing a more refined look. I had no idea how hard it would be to change my style.  Mostly, it consisted of me training myself to make new marks. Varied marks and working on pefecting single, elegant strokes.  My idea was that it would simply consist of slowing down. That seemed logical, what a laugh!

It felt like I learning to swim all over again. Ha, ha that is funny since I am painting water. I would be painting and suddenly my hand would simply surprise me and jog left instead of right.  Where are you going? I would also fall into old stroke patterns and then I would have to go back and erase my mistakes.  Come on left hand! Pay attention.

Muscle memory is what I was retraining myself to do. Sometimes, I would be completely wiped out from doing my “scales”. My husband would walk by and ask, “What’s wrong?”

My answer would be, “I am wiped out”.

“Well, if it was easy any one could do it, ” he said.

So true.

I am happy with the result and I am looking forward to adding more paintings to my shop and even showing them in some local galleries and competitions, now that more and more places are opening up. Painting sometimes evolves slowly but this wasn’t the case when I started this new series in acrylic. I have been working diligently everyday and slowly my left hand is skittering less and less.  Dare I say, it is getting easier?

 Follow me and I will blog about the next paintings in the series.  I don’t know when I will finish the next painting but I do have ten more in the queue right now! 

I know there is a pandemic and protests going on right now but since I almost never leave the house, it feels very far away.  My problems are, how do I make the world more beautiful and peaceful? These waves are my answer.

Take care, from my little studio,

Lisa 

 

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A New Abstract Painting titled “Searching”

The painting “Searching” is about the new world we are now in and how we are searching for different things. We are searching for a sense of place, dealing with loss and sorrow, creating new routines and searching for answers. I wanted to make a painting, an abstract painting, to mark this moment in time. To help myself with my feelings of searching and to create a conversation about it too. This new world is hard to get a grasp of. We have to adapt quickly and that is hard.

I decided to paint my ideas and feelings as an abstract gestural painting. I decided to use three colors that I have long been fascinated with: black, white and gold.

The first stage of Searching
Acrylic on watercolor paper

I liked it to a point but I wasn’t loving it. I created 10 paintings over the last few days but there was something missing. So I turned to digital.

Digital might seem like an unusual next step but if I can make a painting better with my favorite medium I am going to do it. It went from an acrylic painting to a mixed media painting just like that. Two hours later and I was excited by what I created. I used Procreate and my custom brushes for this one. Once the collector chooses the size, it will come to life on canvas. I am looking forward to picking out the canvas for this piece. I like to be involved in every aspect of the painting. There will only be one created, even though there are two sizes to choose from .

But doesn’t that make it a print?

It would, if there were more than one of these being made. It will also be enhanced, so it has texture too. I will be using the same tools I used to create the acrylic painting.

“Searching” in the final mixed media form.
It will be on canvas once someone chooses to buy it. Incidentally I will have a small one made to check to make sure the colors and texture is accurate.
In the entry over a side table

Searching (small) 27” x 36” $3800.00

“Searching” digital phase two

The last phase is secret and no one will get that information out of me. Anyways, it is long and tedious and takes me hours to finish a painting. It is worth it to me because it makes the painting look great.

In the dining room

Searching (large) 45” x 60” $10,800

There is one part of this painting that isn’t abstract and that is all the dots. The dots represent all the people we have lost and I wanted to pay tribute to them in my own way.

This was a painting that took a while because nothing was happening over the last week. I was simply stuck. I hit a wall. So I would just keep going back to the studio. A lot of people, including artists don’t like to stay in the studio if nothing happens. For me, it is a muscle that you have to use daily if you want to see results. Thanks for stopping by.

Lisa