Here is my third and last panel for the Collaborative Project sponsored by Connexions Gallery in Easton.

Second Stage of panel

Bruce Solt painted the sunburst circles.  Karen Skirka painted the little silver trailer.

I didn’t where to go with this.  I think the styles of the first two artists are somewhat compatible, but I didn’t feel there was room for a third, totally different style of drawing and the trailer is far to literal for the painting to go in a more abstract direction.  What could I do to bring this painting to completion?

My contribution was to bring motion and a greater sense of space to the painting.  I opted to repeat Karen Skirka’s drawing style, unhinge the door and give it a touch of tornado.

Final Stage

I added three circles of black netting.  I used the netting on the first two panels I worked on.  I thought I would use tissue paper on all three panels, but I didn’t think it worked on this one.

Collaborations are always unique!

I believe all three stages are acrylic paint.

A Call for Artists came through in an email last night.  To my surprise, the exhibit (in a hospital gallery) will be of nudes.  As far as I can tell the “no breasts”, “no cracks” restriction does not apply!  I have entered two, large watercolors.

Autumn Nude, Acrylic on Canvas

At the end of the month I’ll sift through my studio, saving the strong work and disposing of the weak work to make room for new explorations.  Seeing Autumn Nude was like crossing paths again with an old friend.  The opportunity to return to full-time painting is a bit overwhelming.  My approach to the business of art will be quite different this time around.

Painting: Autumn Nude – Acrylic on Canvas – 22″ wide x 28″ high. Technique: Thrown Paint, Drips and Line Drawing

As I mentioned yesterday, I darkened the value of the sky slightly so the tree shapes would stand out a bit more.

Morning Landscape, acrylic painting sketch

Ten minute acrylic sketch on 5″ x 5″ wood panel.

It is only a slight difference.  However, it is quite noticeable, especially when viewed from a distance.

I posted the original version of this painting in yesterday’s post.

Running late…. just posted last Tuesday’s Blues Jam paintings on Facebook in Musicians Album III.  Dad is back from his three week vacation in Cape Cod.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t even remember being there.  Good news is that I am still in love with watered down acrylics.

Morning Acrylic Landscape Sketch

I painted this quick, ten minute, acrylic sketch on Tuesday morning. This group of trees only shows up in the morning when the trunks contrast against the woods in the distance.  The acrylic paints were still delightfully moist in their stay-wet covered palette.

I did a second painting, also a ten minute quicky.  I darkened the sky when I returned today from my Walk with Dad.  I’ll post that after I scan it.

Morning Landscape Sketch No. 2

Limited palette: Perylene Red, Indian Yellow Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Permanent Sap Green, Titanium White

When I arrived home this evening a note from Tom lay on the chopping block beside one of yesterday’s acrylic paintings.  “This one is my favorite.”

Acrylic Landscape Sketch No. 3

I am delighted.  In the sixteen years we have been married, he has never written me a note about any of my paintings.  He has always been 100% supportive, but not necessarily a fan of my work.

Limited color palette: Perylene Red, Indian Yellow Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Permanent Sap Green, Titanium White

The day passed.  As the sun was setting I felt like the Cheshire Cat, grinning from ear to ear.

Acrylic set up on front porch

I didn’t use the paper palette that can be seen through the sheet of plexiglass.  I ended up moving the damp paper towels with squeezed out paint onto a stay-wet palette that I can easily move aside to clean off the plexiglass every few minutes before the paint hardened on it.

The results of my first day making friends with acrylic paint

My first mental block had been my inability to mix lovely colors.  My second block was the idea of ruining my good brushes by using them with acrylic paints.  The first block I erased when I took the time to create color charts.  The second one was erased by using a flat pan filled with water to rest the brushes in when I wasn’t using them.  Easily portable.  Perfect!  I used synthetic watercolor brushes.  They are still fine this morning.  Whew!

My favorite of the day

As the hours passed I allowed myself more freedom to be creative with color, shapes and strokes.  I used the landscape across the street as a catalyst for tapping into my personal response to the paint on the wood panel, allowing inventive forms and color schemes.

When the sun set, I was able to stack all eight paintings on top of one another and carry them into the house.  Incredible.

Limited palette: Perylene Red, Indian Yellow Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Permanent Sap Green, Raw Umber, Titanium White.

After taking the time to make color charts based on five tubes of acrylic paint, I decided to keep trying rather than give my acrylics away.

En plein air with acrylic paints

I’ve posted the color charts on my other blog, Creative Color.

My limited palette is Perylene Red, Indian Yellow Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Permanent Sap Green and Raw Umber.

Complete frustration and failure was avoided by using a sheet of plexiglass for a palette.  I folded damped paper towels that I lay along two edges of the plexiglass.  I squeezed the paint out onto the dampened paper towels and continued to mist the paint with water throughout the painting session.  For me, the key was to wipe the plexi palette clean every few minutes.  I limited my mixtures to using only two colors (plus white).

Though I still struggled with the quick drying time, I found myself enjoying the experience.  I kept my colors clean, though not terribly exciting yet.  I used only two brushes that I lay flat in a tray filled with water when I wasn’t using them.  This worked well to keep the paint from hardening in the bristles.