Tuesday, May 5, 2020

MUTANT, A COLLAGE PAINTING IN MEMORY OF PLAGUE VICTIMS

I'm mad as hell about it, hate that 100,000 Americans could die from Covid-19, and countless others have already lost their lives in the pandemic.  I'm in sorrow, sheltering in place & hoping you are staying safe.
This artwork began on a vintage anatomy chart. 
It was a canvas-like scroll with rods at top and bottom.
I'll show some steps and techniques below. 
chart, guhin
Original old medical chart.

detail,guhin
Because the virus is rough, I added texture in places.

I didn't want the original warm tones of the figure (they were too pleasant), 
so I made a Dioxazine purple glaze. But I didn't like that either! So I went blue.
A cool blue wash (acrylics & water) for some of the
background, too, and white too. But I also wanted visual texture.

tip, guhin
PAINTING TIP: Open a packet of de-oxidizer, desiccant or silica gel (sometimes found
in new shoeboxes). I sprinkled those tiny pebbles into the wet paint
and got a cool effect!

close-up, guhin
Close-up of part of the painting and collage elements.
I painted a cut-off tree trunk to symbolize all the lives cut short.
I collaged a cut-out eye, heart, and 3 birds into the piece. 
Owls and ravens are symbolic, too, of course.  
art, guhin
21" x 5.5'

partial,guhin
detail, guhin
Detail of ravens.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

QUESTIONS FOR THE MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

KINDLY TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK ABOUT
THESE THOUGHTFUL QUESTIONS.
 THANKS! 
  • What art do you make? What makes you create, and why?
(I paint, collage, and make assemblages, because I need an outlet for my energy and I get ideas that just have to come out!)
  •  What problems have you encountered on your journey to create art?
(I became deaf and couldn't listen to music, which previously really inspired my art. I also had a long recovery from a terrible accident, & I couldn't do much in a prone position.)
  •  How is your artwork unique? What makes a creation of yours different?
(I have eclectic tastes and a mind that often appreciates the strange and weird. I also taught art and am inspired by many different ways of doing things. I love to experiment!)

Please take minute to comment...I'd love to hear from you!
Paula
  

Saturday, April 11, 2020

OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTINGS, ABSTRACT & NON-OBJECTIVE

PAINTINGS NOW AVAILABLE ON ETSY

MY SHOP IS CALLED "GUHINP"

https://www.etsy.com/shop/guhinp?ref=search_shop_redirect 

Glossy acrylic, 9 x 12 x 2"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oils, 9 x 12 1", "The Bridge"
Primary colors, very Mondrian-like. Oils. 9 x 12 x 1"

These paintings are all cradled, 

with good quality materials, and the design for each

does carry over the sides, so they are ready for hanging. 



 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE - PAINTING ON CANVAS

I WOULD LOVE A NIFTY TITLE FOR THIS NON-OBJECTIVE WORK.

GOT A TITLE SUGGESTION 

FOR THIS NEW, MIXED-MEDIA WORK?

STEP-BY-STEP FROM SKETCH TO FINISHED PROJECT

MY ORIGINAL SKETCH...I thought it would be horizontal!

I wanted a limited color scheme of cream, light and dark gray, and cool red in a variety of values. I used acrylic paint, textured papers, my own decorated papers and more.

The photo shown below is in progress.  I goofed by leaving a very dark area in the center.

At this point I hadn't yet decided to finish the piece as if it would hang vertically.
The finished work.

Note (above) the several small, brighter accents as focal points. 

Please comment if you have a good idea for a name for this. 

Or if you like it!   THANKS!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

HOW TO PAINT A TIE-DYE EFFECT ON CANVAS SHOES

PAINTING FOOTWEAR WITH A SPLASHY TECHNIQUE
 
Look closely to find where I forgot to remove some tape before taking the photo.
MATERIALS:
Shoes
Tape (masking)
Water
Brushes
Fluid acrylics
A palette
A flow aid (optional)

I used inexpensive canvas tennies (trainers? sneakers?) in white, 
but any light color will work.
First, tuck the laces inside the shoes.

Tape off the outsole if you don't want to get paint on it.
 

For a soft, tie-dyed effect, wet the canvas first with clear water 
(I used a clean paint brush).
 I applied the acrylics (mixed with a flow aid) with the tips of
brushes, working quickly before the canvas dried.


 When I was done, I upended the shoes onto heavy tumblers
and let them dry thoroughly.
I hope this has inspired you to try your own fancy footwork!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING - Start + Finish

DO YOU LOVE LOTS OF COLOR?

Oil pastels, gouache, & acrylic paint. 12" x 24"
I began this mixed-media work by sketching on a primed, stretched canvas with oil pastels, as shown in the image below. 
Step 1, a plan to begin with!
Oil pastels act as a resist under a wash of thinned acrylic paint. I began with purples & ochre.

Next, I added red acrylic paint, 
magenta & golden yellow gouache.
                          Two techniques I used were wet-on-wet and splattering.







 

Monday, March 9, 2020

DID YOU MAKE A MISTAKE? 2 TIPS FOR REMOVING IT.

 FIX YOUR GOOFS!
HOW TO CLEAR DRY ACRYLIC PAINT FROM AN AREA
(TWO POINTERS TO HELP CLEAN  UP AN ERROR IN YOUR PAINTING)
Yes, you can cover mistakes with gesso or collaged materials. 
But here are two reminders of other techniques for different effects.

TIP #1: Sandpaper! See photo above.
It removed dry acrylic paint quite easily.

TIP #2: Pour on some rubbing alcohol and let it sit awhile.
Then rub with a dry cloth. See lighter areas above.

Thanks for viewing.