The fun thing of my two weeks of extreme painting, is that it allows me to push myself creatively. I notice that I am somehow more open to exploration and trying new things in my work.
In this painting I gave my composition some extra thought. I played around a bit with the placements of the birds before choosing this arrangement. Also I left big open spaces on purpose.
Initially I wanted to do one big bright coloured background. Compared to my previous work, choosing to do a black and white blocked background is quite a radical choice. My usual tendency is to 1. Make the background 1 solid colour and 2. Make it a real splurge of colour (my hedgehog painting already felt somewhat ‘new’ in this aspect). Before I started painting, I dividing my canvas in 4 pieces to help me get the measurements more or less accurate in sketching my birds on the canvas. I couldn’t help but notice that the lines looked kind of cool, like they were meant to be there. So I took the gamble in using them as actual background.
When I was almost done I still felt like my painting needed something extra. As if it was a bit too dull still. I wanted to make my birds pop just a bit more. So I added the black and white lines (crossing my fingers it wouldn’t ruin my painting after all the hard work) and I loved the result. Oh and glitters. This is the first painting in which I added a hint of glitter.
So this piece definitely feels like one in which I have taken a few risks. I like that. I am curious where this painting journey will take me in the coming days…
(I don’t want to give my next one away entirely, but I just feel a big urge to tell you that I am currently working on a hipster monkey. I feel good about this one)
September 16, 2013 at 11:50
Wow. this is beautiful. I am 100% sure you could make money doing this.
September 18, 2013 at 18:30
That is really encouraging to hear you say, because sometimes I think about this possibility, but it can be hard to see why people would buy my work. Thank you :)
September 16, 2013 at 14:03
This is lovely,you’re doing such a great job!
Boye By Red
September 16, 2013 at 15:59
It looks like you found yourself a theme for this painting experiment – animals.
Love the colours! Fab.
September 18, 2013 at 18:32
Haha yes! I actually paint animals most of the time. There is something about them that I really enjoy painting. Landscapes and normal objects etc have never really been an interest
Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom
September 16, 2013 at 21:03
This is so whimsical! I love it! The colours are awesome!
September 16, 2013 at 22:22
Beautiful colours and beautiful painting. It is great when we find ourselves exploring new things.
September 18, 2013 at 20:05
Me too! Especially if it concerns things we love :)
floating thru fields
September 17, 2013 at 00:07
this is amazing!!!the birds have such wonderful depth it looks like you tore them out of a magazine and decoupaged them on!!! And congrats on the bold background and outlines it really does make them pop :)
can’t wait to see the hipster monkey
September 18, 2013 at 20:06
Thank you! I definitely think the extra lines played a role in the depth
September 17, 2013 at 03:19
Reading your pre-painting post I thought maybe you weren’t going to have much experience with it, but I don’t know why I expected anything other than pure glorious magic on a canvas. These are exquisite.
September 18, 2013 at 20:06
haha that is funny but also really great/special to hear. thank you :)
September 17, 2013 at 05:35
I L O V E this!!
– I s a @ Head Red + Blondi
September 18, 2013 at 08:21
You are so talented. I love the bursts of glitter and the textures. SO beautiful.
I got my crane last week. Thank you so much :)
September 18, 2013 at 20:09
It is hard to capture the texture in a picture, that’s why I made the close-ups: it’s harder to see in the larger pictures. And I’m happy to hear that my crane found its way to you safely :)
December 16, 2013 at 16:38
Verven en ik gaan jammer genoeg niet zo goed samen haha.
Ik heb je gevolgd op bloglovin!
December 16, 2013 at 16:41
Dankjewel! Er zijn een hoop dingen die ook niet zo goed samengaan met mij ;) Zo hebben we allemaal onze ideale combinaties haha