Jan 2, 2012

Alien Spires Painting In Progress

I recently was given some canvasboard by my stepdad who no longer wanted his paintings.
I'm finding it really interesting how the way I paint is changed by having images by another person as an underpainting.
At first I thought I wanted to mask areas of his paintings and then have them showing through when my painting was finished... but it didn't look right to me.

You can see some of his original concentric circles showing through in this version. I have already added a coat of paint so the original colours aren't present but the shapes are:

One thing that was really excellent about this experiment was how my choice of colour was influenced by the previous painting. It led me to choose colours and combinations of colours that I wouldn't have normally. I like being stretched like this and I now have a greater appreciation for why some artists sometimes choose a 'pallette' and constrain themselves to it.

There are still changes I plan to make to this painting, areas and colours that I want to change, but for those who enjoy seeing parts of the process, here's how it looks now:

I'm still a bit frustrated by the way the blue 'tower' on the right appears to lean toward the left (rather than looking like the pink and gold shape is in front of it) but I think I know how to fix that by having a bit of it peek out from the lower left side of that shape.

I'm loving the glowing goldy colours (which are much gentler without the flash glare :)


  1. I love these sorts of colours and a great challenge to use what is there to help you move your boundaries... inspiring... really glad to be visiting from CED and can't wait to see more of these wonderful canvases...xx

  2. Thank you Tracey!
    I'm so glad you found me through CED. I'm excited to go and check out your blog now!

  3. What a neat source of inspiration...some other painting to work with. I think it is coming along brilliantly! I bet the golds are beautiful in person, is it gold leaf?

    Here from CED!

  4. Thanks Ajax!
    It's 'Metallic Pale Gold' acrylic paint by the company Delta Ceramcoat. It's one of my favourite colours - it's semi-transparent so it only glows like that when the light hits it a certain way :)

  5. Hi Liberty!

    I absolutely love this painting! The colours are amazing! I'll have to check out "Delta Ceramcoat", I really like the gold as well! I can't wait to check out the rest of your work! :))


  6. Thanks so much Cindy!
    I'm hoping to get more of my acrylic/mixed media paintings on the blog soon. At the moment, the majority of the art on here is in the form of watercolour and mandalas created digitally (either from photos of nature of pieces of art I've made).

  7. inner beauty radiates from this piece- keep shining, Liberty :)

  8. sorry, signed in as my husband...

  9. thanks so much Shayla! (I knew it was you :) :)


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