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Day 27: Stockbridge, and texture

StockbridgePainting

A street in Stockbridge, 24x18cm, oil on canvas.

Last week I bought some plaster of paris, mixed it with pva glue, and smeared it on some canvases. Today I picked up the canvas I had made the bumpiest, and decided to paint this Edinburgh street scene on it. This was a challenging task – the surface was so uneven, I had trouble creating straight lines to denote the edges of buildings and other generally straight things. Originally I had planned to use this canvas for something with more organic shapes, such as a landscape, but this was a fun exercise. I liked seeing how different types of brushstrokes were received by the surface, and finding out what I could control and what I couldn’t.

I want to texturize some more canvases with this mixture (although probably in thinner layers) and experiment some more. It seems an interesting way to treat new canvases before I use them, since I prefer working on surfaces with some sort of pre-existing character.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 26: painting Plockton

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I love these tiny little 10x15cm canvases – I can easily paint several of them in a day. Right now I seem to be a little obsessed with Plockton, a Scottish Highland town we recently visited. (Yesterday I wrote about our trip to Plockton on my travel blog.) Going back through the dozens of photos we took, there are just so many compositions that catch my eye.

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I think I’ll just keep painting my way through them and see which ones translate well into my painting style. Perhaps some larger works could come out of it, eventually? My project list is getting longer by the day.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 25: Highland-like

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Abstract Highlands, 15x15cm, oil on canvas.

Less than a week to go in the month, and then I will probably go back to painting larger pieces. So what do I want to create in these last few days? I decided I need to push myself a little more – to make images that are unexpected, not my usual creations. One way I can do that is by exploring landscape more, since I usually stay away from it. So here’s one of my little creations from today. I think I like it, but I’m not sure. I’ll see how I feel about it in a couple days (or  months).

This one was mostly done with a palette knife, on a canvas that had an old, failed painting on it. I love painting over old paintings.  I wait a long time to do it, usually a year or more, in order to make sure the underlying oil paint is completely dry first (old acrylic paintings, on the other hand, can be painted over immediately, in either acrylic or oil). It’s good to have such a long time to wait, too, because it keeps me from making rash decisions about which paintings are worth keeping. Over the years I’ve sold some paintings that, had they stayed with me, would have definitely gotten scrapped.

Part of why I love re-painting canvases is because it feels good to be re-using them. I hate clutter (which is incongruous with being a painter, let me tell you), so I prefer to keep my stock of paintings at a minimum. If I can re-use a canvas I already have, rather than purchasing a new one, then all the better.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 24: castle silhouette

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Edinburgh Castle silhouette, 15x15cm, oil on canvas.

It’s the last week of AEDM already! I’ve been having so much fun, playing around with new subject matters and styles, interacting with the other participants. Thank you so much for all your insightful and supportive comments. I’m energized going into this week, and I hope to come up with some interesting paintings to share with you.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 23: Edinburgh oil sketch

Edinburgh skyline

Short on time today so just a quick little oil sketch of Edinburgh (10x15cm). That’s supposed to be the castle over on the left, and Princes Street on the right. Not my best work! That’s OK – if you’re not having some ups and downs during Art Every Day Month, you’re doing it wrong.

Yesterday we were busy with an “instameet,” where you get together with a group, go for a walk, take pictures, and then hang out together as you all upload them to Instagram. We walked through Edinburgh’s Christmas markets, and had the most perfect weather for it. You can see the results on our Instagram page. Perhaps some future painting inspiration in there!

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 22: smooshy paint

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Smooshy paint in the vague shape of a Scottish Highland landscape, 20x20cm, oil on canvas board.

I’m not going to lie to you: this is just a bunch of paint smooshed onto a panel with a palette knife. And it was lots of fun to make.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 21: Afternoon tea

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Afternoon tea, 40x30cm, oil on panel.

Afternoon tea is very popular in Edinburgh – there are so many places around town where one can enjoy this tasty midday carb explosion.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 20: whisky with a view

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A dram with a view, 24x18cm, oil on canvas

I’ve been distracted this week, and seem to be struggling to fit in my daily paintings before it gets too dark (which is usually around 3:30pm these days). Given that this one was really fast and not very planned-out, I think it turned out OK. There are things about it I really like, and things that I know I can do better next time. I’d definitely like to do some more whisky paintings, perhaps larger ones so I can fit in more detail on the bottle.

Ten more days of Art Every Day Month. What else should I paint? More still lifes? Highlands? Cocktails? I feel like I’m being coaxed in several different directions. I’m also eager to get back to working on larger paintings. Sounds like I just need to make sure I’m prioritizing studio time for the rest of the month, so I can get to it all. Yay art.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 19: Plockton, take 2

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Plockton study #2, 18x24cm, oil on canvas board.

Look familiar? Today I painted the same scene as I did yesterday. I had intended to make it much more monochromatic and moody than yesterday’s, but some bright oranges and blues still managed to sneak their way in. As a ground I re-used a canvas board that had a very three-dimensional painting on it, so there’s some nice texture coming through from that.

It was another short day in the studio, and I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I would have liked. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll manage to get my productivity groove back.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

Day 18: a seaside Scottish town

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Plockton study, 18x24cm, oil on canvas

Not a great day in the studio today. I blame the sun. It was a very overcast day out, and my studio lighting isn’t good enough to compensate. Perhaps it’s time to look into some proper lighting to get me through the Scottish winter.

I was hoping to work on several pieces today, but it wasn’t to be. Instead I moved on to ground preparation, since that doesn’t require good light. I picked up some plaster of paris over the weekend, so I played around with that. I mixed it with pva, which makes a nice modeling paste, and spread it on to a couple canvases. I like working on canvases that have a bit of character, and I’m running out of old paintings to paint over, so these should be fun to paint on. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

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It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.