Something Living

After trying out some new, abstract techniques on my recent painting, I thought it would be fun to continue on exploring new fields.

So I decided to try, for the first time in a long while, to paint something living. I have been thinking of painting actual people for a long while, but for a start i made my choice to go for a big colourful elephant.

So I made a ruff outline on the canvas, drawing free hand with a pencil, before I set to work. This is how it ended up:

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The backround colour ended up a lot darker than I originally planned, after mixing together a lot of bright colours with a big blending brush. It all kind of ended up in a big smudge. The elephant did´nt turn out the way I wanted either, after trying to paint the colurs in with a small brush. So I ended up scraping all the loose paint of with a palette knife.

The basic outline and colour of the original elephant still remained on the canvas though. So, in an attempt to save all the effort, I tried to just scrape some “elephant colour” into the basic outline with the same knife. It actually turned out quite well.

To get some more colour, I ended up using some cadmium yellow, turquoise blue, sap green, kings blue, permanent red violet and yellow ochre in the elephant mix. Adding on some ultramarine blue and emerald green to the mix in the background. To top it all off, I dripped some turquoise blue on top pf the elephant, using a paint brush and some paint thinner. I think that kind of made it all more interesting.

All in all a really fun painting to work on, learning some new techniques.

Something Abstract

After two years attempting to paint landscape paintings, I guess it was time to try something new. It started with a bad attempt at a sunset painting, using different colours than I normally do.

It did´nt go well though. So to try and save the money used on the canvas, and the money lost in all the paint beeing scraped of it, I had a go at a more abstract painting.

I usually use a lot of “nature colored” paint, like sap green, raw umber, sky blue and burnt sienna. To make a clear contrast, I made full use of my bursting tubes of colours like emerald green, permanent red violet, turquoise blue and cadmium yellow.

The skyline actually came out of scraping a lot of used paint of the canvas, beeing left with the basic colour tones to do some final cloud work. The bottom, which in my mind are mountains, is based on just getting a lot of strong colours on the canvas to compliment the sky.

It was a fun painting to work with. I will definately keep on doing my landscape paintings, but this may be a new style to spark up the colours in between the nature sessions.