I have a friend who is really creative, and she invited a bunch of us to create an abstract painting using some old canvas and free paint that was given to her (old leftover remnants of paint in cans). So, a bunch of us got together this weekend at my house, and had the best time taking paintbrushes and flinging paint on the canvas. We all took several turns, and it was a wonderful outlet.
Here’s the result:
Group painting using latex and enamel paints on canvas
I think it turned out pretty cool. Most of all, we all had a blast. This could be a fun project for others: just go find a bunch of paint cans with remnants, some cheap brushes and fling away!
For Christmas, I gave out two gift certificates good for a painting of their choice to two friends. One, who is a birdwatcher like me, immediately said, “I want a painting of Loons” (which show up on her lake, they visit every fall and spring here in Michigan). The other said, “A moose!” (I’ll show that one in a few days)
I didn’t have any loon photos that I or my roommate had taken, so I “cheated.” I went to a wonderful artist’s forum (wetcanvas.com), to their photo library, and found some good photos. So, unlike my normal paintings, the photo references was taken by another individual: Steve Mac, a gifted photographer. ; I put photos of two of his loons together into a painting.
“Wild Loons” oil painting, 16 X 20, photo reference credit Steve Mac.
Since this was a private Christmas present, and not for sale, I’m assuming that it was okay to use this photo, as long as I give photo credit for the reference photos that I used. I do hope my friend enjoys the painting! They are beautiful birds indeed; I love to hear their lonely calls in the early evenings.
I decided to play with abstract art today. Below is my first abstract, I call it “Vellum.” I had fun playing with colors and textures. I am working on two wildlife pics, but they will take more time to complete.
“Vellum” Original oil painting, 16 X 20 on canvas board
This is actually a landscape, I based it in part on an old landscape photo I took last spring; but then I played around a lot with textures and colors. It was a LOT of fun to paint! Hope you like it.