My latest piece Eternal, I think, is one of my best abstract pieces. I loved creating it so much. It brought joy to my day, even if it started out terrible. Now that I have finished it, I don’t feel sad that it’s over. I feel excited. Excited to put it out into the world. No matter what anyone’s reaction is. I’m endlessly proud of my work and it’s the closest to perfect I’ve managed to obtain this far in my new found love and appreciation for abstract art.
Above: The first stages of creating Eternal.
Most people see an abstract piece and think “well that must have taken all of 2 seconds to slap the paint on.” But let me tell you, Abstract art, a good piece takes hours. It takes mastery of techniques that most people don’t think of as techniques at all. When the only map or blueprint you have is in your head it is incredibly difficult to transfer that on to a canvas. It also takes a skill that I’ve been finding the hardest to master so far and its probably the most important……. knowing when to stop.
In the picture above I am introducing some deeper colours and shapes with green, blue and purple. I love soft blends and cloud like shapes. I love adding the deeper colours to give the piece more drama.
The texture of paint is what I love, using paint brushes and palette knives to create depth and interest in the piece is something that is new to me. I am really loving learning about how the palette knives work and the interesting shapes you can make using them.
Above: Eternal – the finished piece.
With my new found fascination for soft blends and dramatic depth of colour I think I will be creating many more pieces similar to this one.
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Here is my first ever painting done with a palette knife. A river running through the mountains to the ocean.
I love the flow and peace that this painting seems to give. Although the river is clearly forcing its way to the ocean, the flow of water makes me feel calm and relaxed. This is the first piece of a series of paintings featuring rivers, the ocean and mountains. I’m surrounded by mountains here where I live so it’s not hard to find plenty of inspiration.
The first stage of this painting. I blocked in the background colours with a fat brush. I very much limited the amount of colours I used for this painting. I wanted to challenge myself to create a piece with depth using limited tools. I had 1 brush and one palette knife, red, blue, yellow, black and white. My favourite kinds of skies to create are definitely stormy skies. I like my paintings to have lots of drama in them. The acrylic paint I have used is Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint.
Next week I’ll be publishing another river painting I have created this year. To keep up to date with my current work please pop over to my social media pages.
I’m holding a charity art auction in aid of the RSPCA and the RSPB. Please pop along and visit my Facebook page for all the details! These Charities are very dear to my heart. I love animals and I think it’s important to protect our wildlife, as well as protecting the domestic animals.
I will have many pieces of my Art available to bid one. There will be graphite sketches and acrylic paintings. Most will be of animals but there will be one or two pieces that will be Portraits or landscapes.
Bidding will start on the 16th of July and go until the 30th of July. Please come and support a good cause!
This weeks art work to remember is Wattle. One of the first fairies I ever painted. It seems so long ago now.
This acrylic painting was one of the first fairies I painted and is a part of my Fantasy Collection. To view rest of the fantasy collection go to this link: https://chrissyturleyartist.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-fantasy-art-collection/
You can also get many of my works on clothes, phones cases, diaries and all sorts of other cool designs!!
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Here you will find all of my Fantasy Art and links to where you can buy prints, originals and merchandise! I will be constantly adding each of my collection so please keep visiting to check out my latest pieces!!!
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The first fairies I painted! Wattle and rose!
Another fairy. This one looks particularly awesome on a phone case! You can find it here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley
My dragon is next. This little guy looks amazing on a shirt!
And lastly my house by the river.
So that is my fantasy collection of art work. Thank you for reading and supporting my art works!
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This week the topic is my favourite tools! Learn about what paint brushes, pencils, markers, water colour pencils and ball point pens I love and why!
It’s really hard to find an ethical paint brush when you’re vegetarian. I don’t use any that are made from animal hair. This is something that is really important to me! I only use synthetic brushes. It’s hard to get a ‘rough’ look to your paint with synthetic brushes. So what I do is mess a couple up by scrubbing them hard into the canvas board or tissue paper. It messes the bristles up and you can get a much more natural effect for things like trees.
Spectrum Noir Markers
Alcohol Markers are becoming far more popular. They give a great deal of colour saturation with very little effort. They are especially good for fantasy art and animae drawings. Blending can be really difficult when you’re starting out with them. Paper plays an important role with alcohol Markers.
This is the sketching set I’m using at the moment. They are fairly good, but next time I’ll be purchasing something that’s a little better quality. I find there isn’t a lot of difference between the hard leads and the softer pencils. This sometimes can make shading very difficult.
The below picture is of a print drawn in watercolour pencils. You can lay a lot of colour down to make things very rich and vibrant, or use a very light pressure and just add a wash of colour. The background in my dragon picture has a light blue wash.
Ball Point Pens or Line Markers
I like to outline water colour pencil and graphite pencil sketches with these on occasion. I also like to sketch little designs with them. They come in handy to create really dark lines and the different sizes of the line markers are perfect for shading I pen.
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This week I started with the blog post about how I created the graphite drawing of The Lion. This first lion sketch allowed me to roll on to my next lion watercolour piece. Which I named Marcus’ Lion. It was made for my son who is so quiet but ever so sweet. To check out The Lion click here and to have a look at Marcus’ Lion follow this link https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/524322682/marcus-lion.
I also started and finished an Acrylic painting of some Calla Lillies. I love calla lillies and I had this idea in my mind for a long time. It felt fantastic to start it. Keep an eye out for how I created that Lilly painting from concept to reality in the next couple of weeks.
I finished off a family Portrait and posted it off to its new home. This portrait took me a really long time and it’s my very first family Portrait for someone else. A step by step guide to how I created this piece will be available shortly, so keep an eye out for it. I’ve been super busy this week with finishing off all of my current projects.
I decided to make teachers gifts, as opposed to buying them. My 2 kids have 8 between them! So I started by making the gift tags that will go on a framed print of mine. I hope they enjoy their gifts!!!
And lastly this week I created a graphite sketch of a red squirrel. I love squirrels, they are one of my favourite animals.
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