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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kelly - Paintings #52 - #56

Painting 52

I loved painting this painting. Usually I rely on a reference photo, but this one appeared in my head and poured out of my paintbrush. I could hear the whoosh of the wings as he flew past, and saw the shadow pass over the pumpkin.

Painting 53

..again...no ref photo. Quite a big thing for me. The slow-drying acrylics I'm using are so freeing. I squeeze out the paint, start playing, and images come to life. I'm really enjoying the 100 Painting Challenge. Being under the pressure to create 100 paintings in a year causes me to paint just for the sake of painting. I used to paint for a purpose (a card, a present--a reason), but with the challenge, there is no reason. You simply create all the time. The challenge continues to help me grow. Because of the challenge, I found out I love painting ravens and all the darkness that surrounds them.

Painting 54

Painting 55

Painting 56

The scrapings in the previous painting inspired this one. Originally it was supposed to have the feel of a wood block carving image, but it soon turned into the feel of a carved pumpkin. I painted the background orange/red/yellow and let it dry over night....then painted over it with black the next morning....grabbed a plastic spoon and started "carving" out the image. I decided to go primitive because it's creepier, and one-shot carving with a spoon doesn't allow detail. After it dried, I painted over the moon with orange again...then went back in and re-carved over the previous carving. That helped brighten up the moon... This was a lot of fun, but very messy!!

5 comments:

Ann Nichols said...

Beautiful! I think paintings that "come out of the head" are some of the best! The wing, up against the pumpkin, is perfect. Each feather is the bird's very own, can almost hear it flapping in the wind!
Ann
Will be following along! (I'm #60!)

Elva Paulson said...

Kelly.... these raven paintings have so much mood and power. They speak from the heart.

Teri C said...

Wow Kelly, these are awesome emotional paintings. So striking. Congrats on being half-way there!!

La Petite Gallery said...

I love your work. I am sorry you are not living near me so I could get together with you and paint..
yvonne

Mermaid's Palette said...

Kelly-
Love your work! You have been busy- and you remind me that it is time for me to get some more posted before people think I gave up and quit the challenge!
Sheryl