A focus on contrast and value for lustre roses on porcelain

One of the most important elements of designing your work when creating mood, to communicate and idea or point of interest or to evoke a feeling from your work, is the use of contrast and value .  The focus on strong contrasts of light and dark in paintings is termed as Chiaroscuro, an Italian terms from the Renaissance where usually bold contrasts affe ...

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I started painting this anenome vase a few months ago, it was an experiment for some new techniques, and I finally had time to finish it.  AND my lustre painting didn't work out- so I'll do another one soon.  I'm not saying it's a bad painting, there are lots of things I do like about it which I'll show you, but the overall painting is not what I wanted ...

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 During my masterclasses in Sweden, I painted two etudes during my demonstrations of acrylic painting techniques in abstract expressionism. The first painting was an expression about my first experiences of Sweden and meeting my wonderful friend and artist Turid Wassenius.  Turid made me feel very welcomed in her home, and her hospitality, generosity an ...

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Day 9 painting journey- it's back!  Well it has been a long time since my last post on this painting journey...life gets that way sometimes.  But I was clearly missing something, so I managed to squeeze in some time and put together Day 9's painting journey.  As I said in Day 8, I wanted to get out of my studio, and I have, so the next few paintings wil ...

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After yesterday's painting on Day 7 which left me feeling rather unsuccessful, I was happy of course to be creating, but I didn't like what I was producing.  BUT it's Day 8, and I'm HAPPY :)     The flowers were pretty much dead, only a few were still holding any colour, similar Day 6.  The textures and colours which presented themsel ...

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