Category Archives: acrylic

Post 30: Oil over Acrylics

It is so diffult (for me) to keep up with Instagram, Facebook and the blog. Updating my recent Oil over Acrylics works. I had two semifinished acrylic paintings which I have completed with oils.

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Post : Stint with Acrylics and Back to Oils.

I had switched over to acrylics some 10 months back. The reason was that I had conceived and I didn’t want the toxic fumes of oil paints to effect my baby. The first question I had asked my gynae was about the effect of oil paints. She had laughed off my question and had asked me to use a mask. But I was still not convinced and I immediately bought acrylics. I also converted one of my oils into acrylics, which is not advisable. These 10 months had been a struggle, in both ways , carrying a baby as well as dealing with the unexpected characteristics of acrylic paints.

Somehow I managed to complete my pregnancy along with a couple of paintings.

I finished these white lotuses just a day before my delivery. For some reason I didnt sign it then.

After delivery I got restless and wanted to do oil paintings immediately. But those who are mother of two , specially of a new born, will understand that I was desiring something impossible. But the heart wants what it wants. So I experimented with oils and started painting on my art journal ( pages well primed with white texture) .

If you have followed my blog you will know that I draw my art journal inspiration from the artist Lena Danya https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj2xhnpBJ6r/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=89g03i0oniap

Though my art work is not upto the mark but who cares , after all I made it in two days by managing 5-5 minutes painting time. I atleast got back my oils .

Hope to paint more and more.

Post 28: Textured Painting

I had received acrylic auxiliaries for Valentines Day and had wanted to do something with the textured clay. So I chose to make bright yellow flowers on canvas for my entrance hallway.

I chose to start this painting without any underpainting. Also to be more experimental I painted it front to back i.e flowers first and background later. Now this was a big mistake which costed me lot of time in redoing the background several times.

 

However I managed to complete the painting and get it on the wall. Hope you guys like it.

 

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Post 27: Joy of achieving small targets .

Things are changing slowly.  I have started painting regularly. Not daily but yes once a week. I am happy as I am no longer that person who used to just think about painting.  I have however realized that  as I have no deadlines I tend to get lazy . Currently I have three to four half done paintings on my easel. Now this is a chronic problem. I happen to leave each and every project half way and then that guilt keeps on building.

I have always wanted to work on my this flaw and out of the blue a project idea popped up in my mind which involved others which meant that I was liable to finish the project due to external pressure. I had though of a weekend painting workshop for kids and yes this thought had surprised me too .

When I get surprised by my ideas I revisit the book ”  Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert and some of her magical quotes :

  • Ideas of every kind are constantly galloping toward us, constantly passing through us, constantly trying to get our attention.
  • Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.
  • Don’t abandon your creativity the moment things stop being easy or rewarding — because that’s the moment when interesting things beings.
  • It might have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you!
  • Your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here.

…. and I can go on and on and on .

My Saturday and Sunday mornings,when my energy is at peak, were always getting wasted on non productive work like doing laundry or cleaning my wardrobe. To increase my productivity I do my laundry daily and I do the cleaning whenever I get time and even after such time management I used to end up doing the same on weekends. So engaging myself into something productive was necessary.

The Art workshop for kids (Workshop on Saturday and Sunday for a month) sounded simple at first , so simple that I floated the idea on my apartment’s  whatsapp group immediately ( I was afraid that if I waited I might change my mind) and within no time I had 11 kids ready for the workshop. Now I had no looking back. And then began my restless days  and sleepless nights planning for the class.

I used to get up early morning and wake my husband and ask him what if the kids find my classes boring. What if the kids find out that I suck at watercolors. What if the kids find out that i am afraid of White colour .. what if ….and soon my husband (confident about me) stopped responding.

Believe me, for this workshop I had to do load of homework. I studied about the color wheel and all the theory about tints, tones and value which I had never bothered to think about. I learnt so much while preparing for the workshop.

I had enrolled 11 kids in my class and the real challenge was that they were of age group varying from 6 to 16. I had to think a lot how to teach the same concept to varying age groups.

The start seemed impossible but then when we started it was a fun journey and the  results were  successful at the end of each class.

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On the last day of our  workshop  we worked on canvas painting.  I remember that I had first used a canvas when I was 18 years old and I had no one to tell me what paint goes well with the canvas. Then I remember buying oil paints and happily mixed it with water and applying it on the canvas to get a disastrous result. Internet was not at our fingertips in those days. Dozens and Dozens of canvases which got wasted by me acted as the stepping stones to help me reach where I am today. Not that I am in some recognized position in the field of art but yes I am happy with my work these days.

Introducing these kids to canvas at an age of 6 made me very happy.

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The final work on canvas 🙂

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Things I learnt from the class:

  1. Every one is talented.
  2. Less is more ( specially the number of colors in the palette)
  3. Don’t get disheartened with your work and allow it to be completed. You will be surprised at the end.
  4. Patience, with both kids and colours.
  5. For kids art work outlining is a must.
  6. Spilling water again and again is a talent kids have, so always keep a mop handy.

There are many other little lessons that I have learnt and I am sure all this will help me somewhere or the other when I paint in future.

…. and guess what , I completed the Project !!!!!!

 

 

Post 25: Acrylics on Oils

Finally this painting got off the easel and went on a wall after 6 months of being pushed here and there.

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Acrylic on Canvas 24″X 36″

The reason for the delay was its size , I was overwhelmed with this project and didn’t know how to start and how to go ahead with the layering, when to use the palette knife and how to make the grass etc. I had started this painting with oils and then layered it with acrylics. This is believed to be a wrong approach among artists but still i went ahead. My each step was frustrating and I thought I had made a mistake by choosing a huge canvas but then slowly as the layers kept on adding I started to enjoy it.

Here are few photos of the process.

 

Post 22: POST MAN

While surfing through pinterest I came across this species of butterfly called “Post Man” . I loved the color combination and though of giving it a try with acrylics.

So here is my next painting . I am still hopeless with the color mixing and coverage. It dries while you take your own time to think of the combinations.

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Acrylics on textured Canvas 12″ X 18″

Post 20- Art Journal Entry #1

Posting my first art journal entry. It is white lotuses in Acrylics om white textured paper.

I have promised myself that I will not imitate any painting from this year inwards. I will be making originals either from a photograph or from my imagination. This will help me unlock my style of painting.

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Hope to update more entries soon.

Post 19: New Year, New Project

This is the right time to take out your diary and start scribbling the new year resolutions. I would have also been doing the same had I not consulted the family palmist – my mother. Running her fingers on my palm, once again she repeated those words, ‘Pity pity pity…. what lines …. only if you stop thinking much and start working a bit. ‘

 

So  in order to prepare a To-Do list  I dug into my bundle of old unused stuff. I found a sealed notebook which I purchased in 2016 in hope to convert it into a journal. I had read somewhere that keeping a journal helps you harness your creativity. Actually you get lot of similar life hacks if you randomly google whenever you get time resulting in the crisscross lines like those are on my palm.

The first thing in my list is to learn acrylic painting.  I wanted to pen it down but a different idea struck me. What if I convert this notebook into an art journal and  start practicing acrylics on it! If any things goes wrong and I am not satisfied with the painting, I can easily tear off the paper and start a fresh one and keep experimenting till I get my hands on acrylics. It’s better to have a spoilt paper than a spoilt canvas. Also I will end up having an Art Journal by the year end.

Next I bought a “Camlin Texture White” to coat the pages so that they don’t absorb acrylics and provide a good surface for painting. I already have few ideas to paint and along with that I have selected some 15 pictures from the December issue of Outlook Traveller .

 

So this New Year my New Project will be “Art Journaling” or say Art Diary . 

Hope you guys enjoy this new project along with me !!! I will update my Journal entries asap.