Friday, August 17, 2012

Love Balloon . . .

"love balloon"
8x10 mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas

You just never know what can happen when you paint over an old canvas.  That is what I did for this painting.  I had an 8x10 canvas with the beginnings of another idea that had been sitting for about 6 months.  All I had done was created a teal background and sketched an idea on it.  So without really thinking I grabbed it and added some alphabet stencils with black paint randomly.  

I decided that I wanted to use purple and magenta so I started smearing some of that around over the stenciling.  I wiped away some of the purple which revealed some of the black letters and loved how that looked.  Actually that is my favorite part of this piece.  I also scraped some scribbles into the paint.  I tried some drips with the spray bottle as well.

When it came to the heart that is when I struggled.  I must have painted over that heart 4 times before it felt right.  About 2 hours today I worked on just that part and felt such relief when I finally made that "breakthrough"!  Then it felt complete.  

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18 comments:

  1. Smashing painting with lots of depth. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  2. Great creation ~ wonderful colors and design ~ ( A Creative Harbor)

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  3. I love the letters as well. Funny how time and new paint can completely change the feel of a piece. I love the dark depths and scratching. Stunning.

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  4. You have such a great background full of layers and details that let your heart pop off the page!

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  5. Love all the texture - the balloon is perfect!

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  6. Love the painting, the balloon gives the picture life.

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  7. Cathy,
    This Love Balloon painting is so very, very lovely!
    Gorgous calligraphic marks and composition!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  8. p.s. I bet it sells really fast on Etsy!

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  9. don't ever let anyone bust that balloon! ♥

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  10. I love the use of stenciled letters in the background, and your gorgeous colors. Really nice.

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  11. I like it a lot Cathy. Rich colors and texture too. HPPF!

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  12. what a bold rendition of love! I like unusual choices like this dark one

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  13. I think you paint a nice type of refined street art style. I like it. I like the love balloon.
    I read a nice nove once, called "Ocean Sea". In it, one of the characters was a painter. He used to paint the ocean on canvas. He used a paintbrush and marine water to paint. Only marine water. He would paint the sea with marine water, and nothing else. No colors, no oils, no waters, just actual marine water.
    You talked about the canvas and you reminded me of this...

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  14. I am liking how it turned out. Blessings, Janet PPF

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