Wow, this year has been flying by! I can't believe that it's June already and we are entering the extremely warm days of summer here in South Carolina. Fortunately, I am finding time to relax inside and get started on some new work.
Sometimes if I've been away from painting for an extended period of time, I find it hard to transition back into the grove. Choosing a familiar subject matter helps me when it's time to approach the canvas again. In this painting I combined two of my favorite things, polka dots and birds. I used a resist technique that I often use for typography in my paintings. You never know what effect you will get once the resist is removed and that's part of the fun in using it.
Dogs are another familiar subject matter and personal love. This piece is a Mixed Media on panel and began with a piece of textured handmade paper. Layers of acrylic paint are added once the paper is dry and details shortly follow. I'm still working on this one but I'm already in LOVE. On a lot of my paintings, I often begin with painting the eyes of the animal. I feel if I can get the eyes looking the way I want the rest of the painting will fall into place . . . (or not ; )
There are a few that didn't make this blog post and have been filed into the category of "To keep working on or walk away". Yes, I hate when a piece just doesn't come out as expected but I have to remember that no work is wasted. I have learned from every success and every mistake although sometimes I have to admit, I have experienced it a couple of times before the lesson has sunk in. Oh well, what can I say, I can be a little hard headed sometimes : D!!