‘Journey To Red’ – Laura Harris…

Amazing detail, blending of colours and textures. The eye is almost drawn to the centre ground of the painting, away from the intense colour and texture.

journey to red - laura harris


Still tracking down ideas for acrylic art techniques and styles.


Day 019…

Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, Sap Green and Titanium White. Not always the colours i’m naturally drawn too but this is a detail of one of my recent acrylic paintings.



Acrylic painting…

Another adventure into acrylic painting. With these two paintings I was trying to exaggerate the contrasts between the colours, textures and patterns. I feel there was some success, in that there are details which show that contrast quite vividly, particularly the central green line against the background of white.

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The second example was less subtle and was more about blending techniques and seeing how using the pure white colour would blend with the stronger background colours. A slightly murky result but i’m following (or trying to) the path of trial and error where i’m learning the craft and testing different colours and techniques : )


First acrylic painting efforts…

So, since embarking on a new creative endeavour in acrylic painting, i’ve only managed a couple of separate sessions since the start of April. Not exactly setting the art world alight but it’s a start.

I’ve been accumulating notes and ideas for years, covering a range of styles, mediums and approaches but actually getting the ideas translated into something more tangible has proved slightly tricky.

Anyway, a few starting attempts in acrylic. The first thing was the amazingly vivid colours, which stayed strong and rich. The water-based paints I had been experimenting with lost their colour intensity when dry. So far, so good.

Here are the first few tests at the start of April…

I’ve been trying use different techniques and colours to see what works well and what I feel is a natural and comfortable approach, without being afraid to try new things.

Here are the latest paintings…

Apart from the main canvas board, I tried a similar pressed colour technique on the smaller scale, with blank postcards. In a way this is much more satisfying, with quick results and more focus on a simple idea rather than a composition.

So far, i’ve picked out some details in the main image which I like, which I might try and do more with or use again, as a whole image or composition is well beyond what I can do so far. The main thing so far has been the colour blending using a hard and straight edge (a paint scraper) which I used to press the colours together, while drawing the blade down the canvas. The applied colours led to single and blended colours.

I’ll need to spend a lot more time on this and hopefully I can use the garden over the summer as painting area : )


Kicking myself into action: Art in acrylic…

At last, the opportunity has come to develop some creative ideas, in the form of the more traditional elements, including acrylic paint and canvas. I’ve been concentrating on photography (loosely) for a number of years and it’s been the quickest and gratifying method of being creative and has led to thousands of priceless family pictures (ok, priceless to us!).

It’s also ideal in terms of home education. While the boys are doing their own games or painting themselves (not literally, although that does happen), I can also be getting on the art train. It’s also an inspiring approach whereby the boys experience the adults interest and desire to be creative – it really does wear off and enhance their learning process.

Lines art

The image above was produced purely digitally and formed part of my exhibition in January 2010. Part of the concept was to produce something which had an organic feel, including motion caught in time, with varying line thickness’s. The image started out as a 3D model I produced in SketchUp. I then used various filters in there and zoomed into a wireframe view to get a more abstract composition.


I then exported it into Photoshop and applied further layers and filters + turned it into a layer mask then added a photo from Amsterdam behind. Possibly 20 steps in all.

I produced this in 2009 and since then have been accumulating ideas and concepts which, for one reason or 20 others, i’ve not had the chance to develop. This is now the opportunity and as Flora Bowley says, ‘let go, be bold and unfold’. A main driver for all this is to develop art ideas which incorporate photography but which move into the use of different media forms, including acrylic and canvas. I sometimes find digital photography slightly limiting to the artistic spirit (even though that’s my main passion) and need to develop a wider range of expression.

This video by the Abstract Art Lesson website was really the thing which kicked me into action and really showed me the way forward.

The video mentioned the use of Liquitex paint so I checked out their website – very inspiring and full of information. They were apparently the first company in 1955 to produce water-based acrylic paint.

The next inspiration is Flora Bowley’s book and concept – Brave Intuitive Painting, which my wife actually had already bought but which I just hadn’t taken in : ) Sometimes you need a jolt in a certain direction to then be able to take in or absorb things which may already be all around you.

This video on Vimeo shows her creative process in a very well produced short film.

She also suggests using stiff foam brushes of various widths and water to help blend the paint while still wet. Can’t wait to get started on all this and since it’s my birthday coming up, it seems like a good chance to jump in : )

Q. Has anyone had this kind of inspiration or do you use acrylic paints? Any essential tips of the trade?


Michael Morgan art…

While on holiday in Tenby (SW Wales) for the last week, I came across a link to a great site called Marine House at Beer – arts & pottery.

(Courtesy of: http://www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk/catalog/item.php?itemid=10879)

I really like this work by Michael Morgan RI titled ‘Remote Manor Two’ – lots of texture and contrast in both shading and colour and interesting composition : )


Sand T Kalloch resin art…

Some very nice ideas and techniques from Sand T Kalloch…


Really interesting use of wood panel, acrylic paint and epoxy resin. This a real way forward for some of the ideas which i’ve been developing since my exhibition in January 2010. The whole line art approach still holds me and this area will be what I start to develop.


Shower door & sink table…

We received the acrylic shower door samples in the post yesterday. A bit of a range of colours and the material at 5mm seems really strong. The sink table was also delivered, but not plumbed in yet.

The colours (from top left corner of photo) are Grey (transparent), Opal/white (translucent), frosted (transparent but looks translucent) and green (transparent).

We’re going for the frosted sample as it ties in with the white tiles and will not be see-through, but will let light through. Just have to order the sheet but get the right measurements first!

The oak table fits really well and lines up with the edges of the chimney breast with only 2.5 cms space either side. The height seems exactly right and the depth works well with the sink we already bought. The scary bit will be drilling the holes for the tap and sink waste!

Also put in a pic of Jamie’s milk bubbles!