Jellyfish painting

In my previous post I showed off some of the supplies I picked up at Kensington Art Supply’s moving sale – and now I’m going to show off some paintings!

…. One I bought might you – and the other I did before the sale… but the timing is good, right?

Jellyfish painting

Jellyfish painting

The first one is a Jellyfish – partially inspired by my photo of Jellyfish from Vancouver Aquarium’s Jellyfish exhibit. (You can see the photos on my other blog: Happy Sushi Belly) I wanted the high contrast between the water and the jellyfish, and worked with acrylics on canvas.

Below is a painting of the Northern Lights I purchased a while back that I don’t think I photographed and shared yet. I think I picked it up at one of the Calyx art shows. It has been hanging in my bedroom since I bought it, but I’ll likely be replacing it with one of the other paintings I did not too long ago.

Northern Lights painting

Northern Lights painting

Kensington Art Supply moving sale

At the end of January, Kensington Art Supply was having one last blow-out sale before their move to their new space in South East Calgary (far, far away from Kensington….) Since my BFF Connie was showing off her ‘haul’ I figured I’d do a super-quick post to do the same.

My "haul" from Kensington Art Supply's moving sale

My “haul” from Kensington Art Supply’s moving sale

I specifically wanted to get some interference acrylic paints (mostly inspired by the Acrylic Illuminations book I mentioned in a previous post) and more self-levelling clear gel medium. I ended up getting the interference paints (those five tubes…) and the gel – plus a few more mediums, a brayer, some shrink film, and some liquid acrylics (including more interference ones!)

Now, just to find the time to use some of them!

In the meantime, the new Kensington Art Supply location is at 120, 6999 – 11 Street SE Calgary, just north of the Deerfoot Meadows Shopping Centre beside Lee Valley Tools and Bondar’s.

“January’s Ring” painting

Mixed media painting

Mixed media painting

The other day I shared with you a painting that I recently completed after reading Nancy Reyner’s Acrylic Illuminations. I ended up actually doing two paintings, (though I showed off the one below which I like better first).

Mixed media painting

Mixed media painting

I actually started this painting first, wanting to try out the technique in a different way than in the Silver Flow painting. This painting is done on gold leaf instead of silver leaf, and it didn’t quite turn out the way I had intended, but I still kind of like it.

Inspired by

Along with the techniques discussed in Acrylic Illuminations, I also was loving Carol Nelson’s Glowing Stones, but wanted something a bit more my style. While I was planning the painting, a local jewellery designer EV Stenroos was tweeting about garnets (the birth stone associated with January) which I love… so I kept to a red and copper colour scheme inspired by the stones along with the golden leaf and golden paints like a ‘setting’ of a garnet ring.

Mixed media painting

Mixed media painting

In the painting above I’ve tilted the painting a different way and you can see the different light from the gold leaf below and the way the different coloured glazes change and shift with the light.

Like my previous painting, I tweeted a sneak preview about this one as well – come follow me on Twitter if you want to see more!

The final painting is covered with acrylic self-levelling clear gel until I can varnish the final piece.  (As I mentioned in my last post, I have a few works-in-progress right now, and will just do them all at once once the paints and mediums are fully dry.)

Painting success – Silver Flow

Mixed media painting

Mixed media painting

In my previous post I showed off a painting on silver leaf that wasn’t quite going the way that I hoped. (See below)

Silver painting work in progress

Silver painting work-in-progress

The colours just weren’t as intense as I really wanted, so I knew that I needed to switch up my plans… I did a little looking around online, and thanks to Nancy Reyner’s Acrylic Illuminations, I went with several layers of glaze instead of painting watered-down acrylic on the silver leaf. I also did a WAY better job of applying the leaf, and sealed it with the right sealer…

Instead of trying the same subject again, I decided to do something much more abstract, and was inspired by Carolyn Reynolds’ Still Waters. I am really happy with the result!

Mixed media painting

Mixed media painting

In this second photo you can see how the silver leaf shines through the glaze layers. The final painting is covered with acrylic self-levelling clear gel until I can varnish the final piece.  (I have a few works-in-progress right now, and will just do them all at once once the paints and mediums are fully dry.)

I love it – and I love the depth and intensity of colour!

Oh.. and for those of you who follow me on Twitter – yep – this is the full version of the tweet below!