Friday, September 2, 2011

Paint Party Friday

I need some advice.  I've got this painting hanging on my easel, and I don't think it's done, but I don't know where to go next.



I made it a few weeks ago, right before we left on vacation.  We were totally packed and ready, but had a few hours to kill.  I wanted to paint.  I wanted to challenge myself.  I wanted to make something different - unlike any of the other big paintings I've done on this pad .  So I plugged in the iPod and attacked the page.

I decided to start with brown because I NEVER use brown.  I scraped a lot of paint on with a credit card in my best willy-nilly fashion.  I love blue and brown combinations, so I scraped some aqua paint on top of the brown.  And then I decided to stamp, with more  brown paint, using the strange "string of blobs" stamp I made.  It's not pretty yet, but it's certainly different.

Next I painted a sheet of newspaper with aqua and white and ripped it up and glued it down.  This reminded me that I had some aqua circles painted all over a sheet of tissue paper laying around somewhere.  Found it, cut out some circles and pasted them down.

Before I knew it, I had pulled out a variety of round things and was stamping brown and aqua circles all over it.  and BOY was I happy.  Better spray some brown ink on there so it's nice and splattery.

and then I step back and realize it looks like everything else I make.  I always come back to circles.  so much for "different".

So here it is, and I'm liking it, but it still feels more like a background for the world's biggest art journal.  I feel like I want to add something.  Some kind of focal image?  A silhouette?  Use some kind of stencil or mask so that only part of the background peeks through.  I can't decide.

IF THIS WAS YOUR PAINTING WHAT WOULD  YOU DO NEXT?

27 comments:

  1. Follow my gut of course and see where it took me. xox Corrine

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  2. Center, focus and listen to your inner muse as to what to do next ~Thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  3. I think I would turn them into abstract flowers, or maybe fill in some of the parts that connect. Ooh lots of opportunities. I love the colours you have chosen. Happy PPF and hope to see more of this painting.

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  4. Well, of course, I see a face back there...right in the middle. One eye has a yellow center and an aqua rim, but then, I see faces looking out of everything.

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  5. I like what you have so far and for myself I just wait for the painting to tell where to go...it will just come to me when it's ready.

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  6. OK, so if it was me I would totally draw a girl over the top, painting her features lightly so all those yummy layers still show through. It's my kind of background - especially the colours. I think she'd have red hair!

    Here's an idea. Why don't you post a high res version for people to print out then invite them to do something with it for next week? Then we can all share! I'd be up for it!

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  7. A delicious background waiting for your inner muse to finish or maybe leave as is! Will look forward to seeing what emerges or remains the same! Lovely piece for an art-venture! Happy PPF! POP ART MINIS

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  8. That would be a gorgeous print for a fabric! happy PPF

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  9. Gorgeous colors for a background.

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  10. maybe some sort of focal point.

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  11. The colors are remarkable and I look forward to what your muse directs you to do next! Love the term SPLATTERY too!!! Happy PPF!

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  12. Terrific background, look forward to seeing how you use it. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  13. I love this piece - I am always drawn to curves and circles as well - I generally prefer them to sharp corners for some reason. I think the colour combination is just gorgeous and as Faye said it would be a really lovely fabric. As for what to do to it next - personally I like it as it is as an abstract piece but Wrightstuff has a good idea too about putting a girl over the top of it - that could work. Maybe leave it for a week or two and let the right idea bubble up from your subconscious - it usually works for me

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  14. Well you know me, I would put a big ole gecko,a bunch of frogs, or a dragon flying across it! Yowza, its delicious just the way it is too! Love it! Deb

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  15. I don't know where this beautiful background will take me as I always use a lot of time thinking and reflecting. Definitely the colors are nice to work on.. What i was thinking though are some words to play with and perhaps a human being... Goodluck!

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  16. I'd do what Natasha May does in some of her work and and use black or dark blue and leave biggish peep holes of the wonderful underneath colour. But, that's cos I can't do figures or what ever!

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  17. I see seashells, seahorse... maybe a mermaid. But I do love it the way it is! :O)

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  18. I think this would be a wonderful background for a disco dancer! But I like it as it is, too. Valerie

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  19. Oooh... So many possibilities - Text, figures, leave it abstract... it is definitely fun to hear what everyone would do! I am interested in finding out what your gut is telling you to do with it!!! I can't wait to see what you decide :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  20. If this were my painting and I didn't know where to go next, I think I may try a few things like...

    take it to a few different places and look at it from a distance.

    turn it upside down and look at it or on its side

    view it from a picture, like this one ;)

    I love what you've got so far and you might just be surprised if you were to matte and frame it, it may just be complete :)

    xx Jaime

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  21. First, I think you should photo copy it only glossy photo paper to keep as stationary or to cut up for you ICADs. I love the idea of a girl painted over the background but I'm seeing a child, perhaps sleeping and the shapes are his dreams which could be the dragons and frog someone spoke about.

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  22. I think it's great the way it is. I don't think I'd wat to ruin what you've done already. I think I'd spray it with some gloss. That's me though. I love it the way it is. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. wow, great background...and now so many thoughts on what to do or not to do....it will be interesting to see what you decide.
    cheers,dana

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  24. There are so many places you can take this next. I really like it just the way it is also. Beautiful color combinations.

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  25. First of all, I LOVE the colors together!! The turquoise blues and browns look fantastic together. I am a total sucker for circles too, so I love where it is right now. But, if you feel it needs more...move it around, turn it all different directions and see what you find in the background. Maybe just a figure/face of some kind, words...or birds. I hope you share what you decide!:)

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  26. They are beautiful colours together. I think you could keep visiting it with a brush each day until one day something calls to you.

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