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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Creativity

Wishing each one of you a warm and wonderful weekend. Hope you find some creative time! (Acrylic painting "Wind in the Hills", private collection.)


Art From The Heart

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Creativity

I am happy to have my painting "That's What Lets The Light In" accepted for the Art from the Heart show at Westland Gallery in Wortley Village. Hope you can come to the opening on Friday January 30th at 7:30 pm. There will be a lot of wonderful art from local artists.

Art Show details

Make a What?

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 in Creativity

Painting detailAs I work to grow my art, I am pondering what techniques really push the creativity button for me. One tip can be summarized in three small words: make a mess. Starting with a lot of mixed up or messy colour and then working with it gives me results that frequently turn out better than carefully planned painting. Especially when working with acrylic or oil, I can just keep layering to bring a mess into some sort of shape and form that is exciting and pleasing to the eye. Actually, now I'm thinking about it, I also like approaching watercolour this way, and if need be I can switch to layering with fluid acrylics later. It takes a bit of courage to do this, plus a certain amount of willingness to accept that the painting can look awful for quite awhile - you just keep layering until it works. Today's creativity tip for you: make a mess!

Favourite Colour

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Creativity

Spirit of the WindI've been thinking about the concept of favourite colour. Certainly there have been periods when I reach for the same tube frequently. Blue was a favourite when I was first painting. Now a days it's more about certain colour combinations rather than individual colours. Several paintings with a blue/yellow ochre combo happened in the last year. I'm excited to be concentrating on combinations, and am about to start a painting based on phthalo blue and orange mixes. That yellow ochre will likely be in there too. What about you? Any favourite combos these days? No fries with mine.

Going To My Room

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Quotable

Go to your room - and paint!  :)

Painting by Cheryl O

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