I am a huge fan of Gustav Klimt. I particularly love his paintings of 'The Kiss' and 'Mother and Child'. Klimt used repeating patterns that were heavily ordained with gold. I wanted to mix the ideas of my 2 favourite paintings using my children and I as the subject. I have blurred their faces out for safety reasons. I firstly painted the background of my canvas with a cream colour and white- ensuring that one side was lighter than the other. I then got my husband to take photo's of me and the kids in the position that I wanted. I printed the photo and stuck it onto the painted background with PVA. I then used a water colour pencil to map out my design and then did all sections one colour first. Next, I used a series of Klimt inspired patterns like circles, flowers, eyes (which are photo's of all of the family printed and stuck on) and rectangle paper. I then cut out triangles from gold glossy paper and stuck them for the tassels. Finally I painted the bed of flowers that we are on and added some detail in our hair and on the cloak with the end of my paint brush. I painted this last Mothers day and it is very special to me.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This was the idea I had when having my 'queit night in'. I needed to fill a wall space in my bathroom near these fabulous fire-red willow branches. I decided to make mini pen drawings in some frames that my lovely neighbour had given me. I then set out to think of some designs and choose some other frames from IKEA. I then painted the pine frames with black acrylic paint and put impasto gel over top to add a lustre to them. Finally I arranged the frames on the wall. I am really please with the end result, and it was so much fun!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
I am a big fan of Hundertwasser. He painted and designed so 'out there' city scapes. I have used him to inspire my students to show them how to use repition in their work. Above is my city scape that is on 2 canvas' measuring about 3m x 1.5m. I used acrylics, puffy paint for some of the sky and then added glass tiles, mirrored tiles and impasto get to some buildings to give them a lovely lustre. You can see in some of the close up shots some of the detail.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This painting incorporates many forms of painting mediums. This canvas has been painted over 3 times, so it was 4th time lucky! The cream based colour was already on the canvas so I used a burnt umber, deep maroon and antique gold to make up my colour scheme. I used modelling compound to give the texture effect and to install the leaves in the bottom right corner, then the burnt umber, then I used impasto gel to add sand. I then added the colour, but on the burnt umber I added crackle medium-twice. I then added streams of deep maroon paint to the top by drizzling the paint straight from the bottle. I added some of the colours from the painting to the 'inspire' mdf board and wella...... 'Inspire'.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I have had this canvas sitting in my study for months and now that I am on holidays, I finally have had a chance to try out a new idea that...