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Monday, December 11, 2017

Aspen Afternoon - a mixed media painting tutorial

Aspen Afternoon
Cyndi Lavin, 2017

For this piece, I started with a very limited palette that I wanted to experiment with.  For the sky, I used a Phthalo blue gradient, and for the trees, I used Hansa yellow medium, Pyrrole orange, Green gold, and waterproof white ink



1. Using a large foam brush, paint a blue gradient onto a wet piece of watercolor paper for the sky.  Use a paper towel to wipe off an area for the mountain background. 


 

2. Working from the bottom of the piece, alternate blobs of your yellow, orange, and green paints.  Use White gesso on a foam brush to pull the colors upward. 


 

3. Use white ink to drip trees from the bottom with a pipette.  Use a skewer to add some skinny branches.  Also use the skewer to add bark markings with diluted Phthalo blue. 

4. Cover the tree area with Polymer medium and the sky area with Matte medium.  Let it dry.


 

5. Use a ratty brush to stipple in "leaves", making sure the tops are uneven across the horizon.  I used 2 parts of the Hansa yellow medium to 1 part of the Green gold.  I topped all of it with a bit of Iridescent gold, and once everything was dry, I gave it all a final coat of Matte medium and a few coats of Krylon spray.     


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Thursday, December 07, 2017

A new series coming soon!

  

One of the best parts about abstract painting and mixed media work is that you just never know what's going to pop up next! I'll be starting to post a series of work like this in the new year, based on particle physics, geometry, electricity, and anything else sciencey that happens to catch my fancy. You can blame it on my being married to a particle physicist if you'd like...



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Monday, December 04, 2017

Deep in the Evening of the Smiley Moon - a mixed media painting tutorial

Deep in the Evening of the Smiley Moon
Cyndi Lavin, 2017

Each month, the smiley moon is my favorite part of the moon phase.  I'm not sure why, but maybe because it reminds me of the Cheshire Cat?

1. Wet a heavy piece of watercolor paper and use a foam roller to paint it solid with Hansa yellow opaque.


2. Alternate small blobs of Pearl violet, Metallic olive, and Red oxide along the top edge, and use White gesso  to pull them down the page in long strokes, using a foam brush.



3. Scratch into the damp paint to reveal some of the yellow underpainting.  Add more pure colors to adjust.


 

4. Use the bottom rim of a small paper cup to stamp in a moon arch with Hansa yellow opaque.

5. Use waterproof black India ink in pipettes to drip in the trees. Take a raggy, craggy old brush and use it to stipple in the "leaves" with a mixture of Yellow ochre and White gesso.   




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Monday, November 27, 2017

Keep Your Feet - a mixed media painting tutorial

Keep Your Feet
Cyndi Lavin, 2017

This is the third piece in my small series on trees with personalities.  For this one, I once more used the techniques outlined in the piece Longing, so I'll let you check that out if you need the steps, and I'll just give you a list of the acrylic colors used here.  This one was inspired by a well-known quote from JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings:
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
I think my tree is ready for that adventure!

Sky: Phthalo blue, Medium magenta, Hansa yellow opaque, White gesso, and glazing medium

Road: Yellow ochre, Raw sienna, Red oxide, White gesso, and glazing medium

Hills: Jenkins green, Sap green, White gesso, and glazing medium

Tree: waterproof black India ink

Flowers: Naphthol red light



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Monday, November 20, 2017

Call a Dance - a mixed media painting tutorial

Call a Dance
Cyndi Lavin, 2017

I got a lot of enjoyment out of painting Longing a few weeks ago, so I decided to do a small series featuring trees with personalities.  My second one was inspired by the W.B.Yeats poem The Cat and the Moon:

"When two close kindred meet,
What better than call a dance?"


The technique used is basically the same as for the painting Longing with only a small color variation.  I used Phthalo blue and Dioxazine purple for the sky rather than Phthalo blue and Phthalo green.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Moon Dust - a mixed media painting tutorial

Moon Dust
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
I wanted a somber feel, but rich colors, so a ended up doing an underpainting to help guide my choices.  The paints I used were acrylics...you are welcome to change up the colors to suit yourself! 

 

1. Lightly spray a piece of heavy watercolor paper with water, and use a large brush to lay in waterproof black India ink.  Keep it darkest around the edges, and leave a spot with no ink at all.  Blend the ink to get a nice gradient.  Allow to dry completely.  

  

2. Use a mix of black gesso and white gesso to make a light gray.  Use a foam brush with the gray mix to pull full strength heavy bodied Phthalo blue and Dioxazine purple down the length of the paper. Spray lightly with water if needed.  Adjust the colors.  While the piece is still damp, use a pipette to drip diluted black ink from the top.  Allow to dry.


 

3. Drip full-strength India ink from the top.  Use the pipette to draw in some branches.  Take a scruffy, beat-up brush and dab in "moon dust" around the tops of the trees, with a mix of white gesso and Hansa yellow light.  When dry, top with several light coats of Krylon acrylic spray.


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