Thursday, July 28, 2011

inspired painting.

I just finished a painting for a client, based off of examples she sent me from Ballard's and a couple of other places. She wanted calming blues and greens, with a touch of yellow.

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It's an inspired landscape - or maybe more of a seascape. Depending on the way you look at it, I think it can represent dusk or dawn, and a rainy or a pretty day.

I did lots of processes on this piece, including placing it out in the drizzling rain for a little while!

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(after the rain)

this is my little container of a blue wash I was using - I thought the colors were pretty. Almost marble-like.

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This is a trick I learned in college, in a watercolor class: sprinkle salt onto your painting, and the paint almost pushes away from it, to create pretty little dots. (Plus, I like how it looks like sand on the "beachy" painting) Kosher salt is better, because it's bigger, but I didn't have any.

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My favorite part is these blue patina-like drips on the "ocean".



11 comments:

  1. you did an excellent job on this!! I LOVE the colors!!!!
    Stopping by to say "hi" from one of your newest followers...hope you will stop by. :)

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  2. Great Job!
    I am sure you also know this from school, but dripping rubbing alchol on water color has a cool effect too!

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  3. thanks, you guys! Melissa- i forgot about that one! i'll have to do that next time...

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  4. Are you kidding me? I thought that first picture was the Ballard Design sample. Then I clicked the link and it brought me to a picture of a painting that was NO WHERE NEAR as good as yours (no offense to the artist). But, the colors in yours are amazing.

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  5. That is beautiful! And I agree, it is better than the Ballards one. Beautiful and calming.

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  6. Ah, the salt trick! I haven't thought about that since my watercolor class in college. :)

    All the layers look great! I love a painting with lots of technical history.

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  7. Just beautiful, perhaps one day you can do a post on how you create such amazing paintings!

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  8. Love this!!! You can do anything!

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  9. Totally rad! I love that! Super cool that you put it in the rain.

    -Carly @ Createliveblog

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  10. I've seen the Ballard print in person, and admit that I prefer your on-line picture even better. More inspiration and talent from you, Kristen!Destiny

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