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Autumn Bouquet

Autumn Bouquet 24x24 inches Acrylic and pastel on gallery wrap canvas ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,100

Autumn Bouquet
24×24 inches
Acrylic and pastel on gallery wrap canvas
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,100

The weather has changed in South Carolina this week. It’s wonderful to see rain, and I hope it will improve the fire situation in the mountains. But the rain and wind has stripped most of the trees of the last of the leaves, so it looks like winter now.

This painting of an autumn bouquet is my way of holding on to the warm hues a bit longer.   I’ve been learning from the second part of the on-line painting workshop Big Bold Blooms 2 with Lynn Whipple. I enjoy the on-line class because I can work at my own pace and share the progress with others in a Facebook group. In this class, Lynn combines techniques from the first class with new tools and techniques. We’re working in layers with paint, pastels, and collage. We’re turning up the dance music and having fun moving paint with big brushes and brayers. Isn’t the point of painting to have fun? I feel that the energy that goes into this painting shows in the result. Do you agree?

If you’d like to see more of my bold blooms, click this link http://lucindahowe.com/florals/

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Pink and Brown Irises

Pink and Brown Irises 30x24" Acrylic and pastel on gallery wrap canvas ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,400

Pink and Brown Irises
30×24″
Acrylic and pastel on gallery wrap canvas
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,400

This week my cousin Pat offered me some bearded irises from her garden for painting.  The delicate ruffly pink ones contrasted beautifully with the dark reddish brown ones.

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Big Bold Roses and Lilies

Big Bold Roses and Lilies 30x24 inches Acrylic, charcoal & pastel ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,400

Big Bold Roses and Lilies
30×24 inches
Acrylic, charcoal & pastel
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,400

Continuing my experiment with acrylics and pastels, I’ve complete the painting I started two weeks ago.  I alternated layers of drawing with charcoal and pastels with acrylic paints to build up the painting.  Adding gesso to the acrylics gave me the tooth that I needed to hold the pastels.

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House Paint: Yes or No?

Work in progress Testing acrylic paints with pastels 40x30 inches ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress
Testing acrylic paints with pastels
30×24 inches
©2016 Lucinda Howe

 

In the on-line workshop I recently completed, the goal was to loosen up by painting with big brushes on large canvases. We used latex flat house paint samples from Lowe’s or Home Depot along with charcoal, soft pastels, and graphite. We built the painting with layers of drawing and muted colors before adding brighter colors and more detail in the final layer.

Although there was considerable expense in buying a broad selection of paint samples, it was less than buying artist quality paints to cover the same expanse of canvas. And the instructor said that using the house paint made it seem less “precious” and easier to use the amount of paint needed to get the desired effect.

I really liked the results of this process, but I had some concerns about the durability of house paint. Would it fade or crack? Other artists cautioned me that collectors would not appreciate it. House paint is formulated to last about 10 years; it isn’t designed to be archival like artist quality paints.   I know that museums have experienced problems with the durability of works by 20th century artists who used house paint such as Picasso, Pollock, Kline, and Hofmann. My Google research tells me that if I want my work to last and to be considered good quality by collectors, it’s better to use artist paints.

So I have challenged myself to get similar results with the acrylic paints that I normally use. Since these paints are quite intense and glossy, my challenge is to mute the intensity and give a flat texture to the early layers so that I will have some tooth for the charcoal and pastel drawings. For the piece I’m working on this week, I started with my usual Holbein orange gesso and then added my drawings. For the “grayish” layer, I combined some odd colors of Golden fluid acrylics with white gesso to get a flat texture. I even found a use for Burnt Sienna. Apparently if you want muddy colors on purpose, it has a place. I used a 1-inch brush and kept mixing on the palette to make a slightly different color for each section, and was pretty happy with the results.

I have more work to do on this piece, but so far, I’m happy to be achieving the loose style with the artist paints. But I would not have known how to do this technique without working with the house paints, so I think the workshop was a valuable exercise.

What do you think about using house paints for art? Do you use them in your artwork? Do you care how long your work lasts?   How much difference in price (if any) would you expect for a piece created with house paints versus artist quality paints?

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Bounteous Blooms

Bounteous Blooms 36x48 inches Latex paint, pastel, and graphite ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Bounteous Blooms
36×48 inches
Latex paint, pastel, and graphite
©2016 Lucinda Howe

What fun!  This painting is big…. 36 by 48 inches.  It’s the last assignment in the on-line workshop Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting with Lynn Whipple.  This was painted with 2-inch and 3-inch brushes to keep from being too tight.   Details were added with pastels and graphite in the final layer.  I like this method of painting in layers because the energy of the first layers come through in the end, creating big bold blooms!

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