With grad class on hold and winter break in session from school, I have managed to do some of my own artwork. At any given time I have a minimum of five projects going, absolutely filling my brain and art room.
This is a painting I did for my sister, as a Christmas present. I painted a woman in a similar style, dressed to the nines, holding an axe. It now hangs in her office. I really enjoyed that particular painting, and the idea of juxtaposing femininity with a stark axe. So, I decided to juxtapose suit and tie masculinity with a pink frosted cupcake.
In any case, I really enjoyed working on this painting. Acrylic isn’t something I work in as often as watercolor, yet I keep finding myself moving further away from realism and being drawn towards abstraction, and acrylic is the way to make this happen.
Whenever possible, I draw from real life, making my family members pose for me. This break, my five-year old has figured this out, and began requesting me to draw her while she does various poses. She tried to convince my two-year old to do the same, however he cannot sit still.
A couple works in progress, with the blue underlayer still showing.
Another work in progress, before reworking the nose and hand a few times.
Someone give me some more painting subject matter, quick! Before grad class starts up again in February!
2 thoughts on “Balancing Act”
Inspirational! I recently worked for the first time in acrylics,and was amazed at how “workable” this medium is. I’ve worked mainly with pencil and watercolor so I also need to push out of realism and into abstract.
You have some great pieces going here.
Thank you, Mary! I loved oil painting in college – the colors and ability to layer, mix, and blend. However, it’s not really feasible with young kids in the house. Watercolor is my first love, but it’s always refreshing to work in other media.