Acrylics

Hey there! I know I haven’t posted much lately, so I thought I’d share some of my acrylics with you! Usually I prefer digital art or sketching, but every so often I enjoy trying out a different medium. I painted a bird a couple of years ago, but the hot air balloons and the Latte paintings are more recent. It was a little difficult to mix the colors, but the great thing about painting in general is that it is very forgiving. As Bob Ross says, there are no mistakes in art—just happy little accidents!

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The hardest part about this one was painting the clouds. I did enjoy painting the water and the hot air balloons, though.

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For this one, I spent quite a long time trying to perfect the folds in the fabric. Of course, my favorite part was painting the Latte plush!

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This painting is based on a photo of a black-crowned night heron I observed in Hawaii.

What is your favorite medium of art? Do you enjoy painting with acrylics? Have an amazing day!

Mockingbirds

The earth has music for those who will listen.

George Santayana

Hey there! I’ve been meaning to share this for a while now, but summer’s been getting in the way of blogging time. A month or so ago, in one of my posts, I briefly mentioned a pair of mockingbirds that kept coming back to my backyard. They are actually chirping as I write! Anyways, I eventually dedicated the above series of paintings to them. Although they haven’t built a nest yet, I’m still keeping my hopes up!

Oh, and guess what!? Another logo design—for the beautiful My Thoughts blog. I am most likely going to discontinue my offer for free logo design in a few weeks, so if you’re interested, contact me! Don’t worry, the offer will probably resurface again when I have more free time.

Painting Penguins

It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.

Joe Moore

Don’t you just love penguins? As you might already know, they place high on my list of favorite animals! I created this painting first by pressing my palette (with magenta, light blue, marine blue, and dark green acrylics) multiple times onto the canvas to reveal a textured surface. After creating these “accidental marks,” I painted the silhouettes of the nine penguins in the foreground. I like the way they turned out—they seem to be in deep conversation! Which is your favorite? I’d love to hear what you think!

How to Gesso Your Own Painting Surface

After taking a brief, two-week class at Otis College of Art and Design, I learned a bit about priming a Masonite board with gesso. Gesso is thinner than acrylic paint, and helps prepare the surface by making it more textured. Although gessoing your own painting surfaces may sound inconvenient, it costs less than pre-gessoed boards and it is actually quite fun! So, in case you aren’t familiar with the process, I thought I’d share what I learned with you.

Materials

  • Masonite board/paper
  • Gesso
  • Wide brush
  • Roller (optional)
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Atomizer/spray bottle
  • Hairdryer (optional)
  • Paper towels

Steps

  1. Put a small amount of gesso into a cup (approximately 4 tbsp. for a 1′ by 2′ surface) and add water if necessary. You can also use an atomizer/spray bottle to mist the gesso.
  2. If you’re using a Masonite board, sand the edges and the surface of the board with the coarse sandpaper to make sure it’s smooth.
  3. Mist the surface of the board/paper with water and wipe off the dust from sanding with paper towels (otherwise, your gesso might have a brownish tint).
  4. Mist the surface again to make it easier to apply the gesso.
  5. Use a wide brush (or a roller) to paint on your first coat of gesso. Make large strokes horizontally and vertically. Don’t make the gesso too thick; you’ll do 3 coats in total! If gesso gets on the sides of the board, you can knock it off with the brush.
  6. Wait for the gesso to dry (or use a hairdryer to speed up the process).
  7. Sand the newly gessoed surface with fine sandpaper.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 two more times. However, after your final coat of gesso, you don’t need to sand the surface.

Now that you’ve gessoed your surface, it’s time to start painting. Good luck!

Photo credit: Tookapic on Pexels.