Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In the Past - Acrylic

Here are some older paintings I did pre-house. Still done with acrylics but not so much mixed media. I will post my older mixed medias at another time.

My very first acrylic painting:

"Jewels Peaking" - 5 x 7 Acrylics on canvas board. Sealed in Krylon finish.

I was thrilled with how this came out. It was my first try at painting anything substantial and I love the look in her eyes. Here is the original for a comparison:

Next, I decided to take on the world of Mexican celebrations and make a Day of the Dead skull painting:

"Day of the Dead" - 8 x 10 canvas board. Acrylics. Sealed in Krylon finish.

Not too bad. I still think I should re-do the background and add some depth to the eyes. Maybe one day. But for now it is safe just the way it is.

I took a breather after this and created a series of phone book mixed media paintings. I will post these on another day. Next came a painting I was asked to create for my Mom for her birthday. It was a portrait of her dog Phoenix (RIP 2008.) I was thrilled how it turned out and it was my first fully shaded and defined piece I had tried so far. It was also a larger size than I had tried prior (16 x 20.) I will make another post to detail the process of this one as well.

My spirits were high and my confidence soared. I could paint! Soon I discovered an artist by the name of Suzi Blu and was inspired. This mixed media thing was exactly what I have always wanted. After years of doing similar pieces in ATC form bringing it to canvas was a dream come true! I had to try it out!

"Starry Night" - 8 x 10 stretched canvas. Mixed media - acrylics, glitter, various papers, paper flowers, watercolour, ribbon, stamps & beeswax (not shown in picture.) Sealed in beeswax.

I liked her. She was pretty and cute and exactly what I had envisioned. Onto some bright girls that spoke to me in my dreams:

"Contemplative Thinking" - 8x 10 Stretched canvas. Acrylics & glitter. Sealed in Krylon finish.

"Little Friend" - 8 x 10 stretched canvas. Acrylics & glitter. Sealed in Krylon finish.


Nancy said...

Your paintings are lovely, but the Boston Terrier stole my heart :)

Diane Duda said...

YOur first acrylic painting was WAY better than my first. :)
Such a sweet dog!