Friday, September 9, 2016

Speed Painting and Painting Over, Day #3

Comfort zone?

What comfort zone?

The directions: paint over a significant portion of a speed painting, creating varying degrees of transparency and opacity, using paints of varying degrees of transparency and opacity as well as lifting and other techniques.

Sounds easy enough.

But, not so much!

The speed painting I start with:


I decide—if decide is even le mot juste here—to jump in with both feet and let the water close over my head. I grab this color and that, start spreading paint around, add occasional scribbles with graphite crayon, discover what's transparent and what's not by doing. Surprises everywhere, and no plan in mind.

I let that dry and go in to scribble with pastels and make a line with black paint.

speed painting and painting over #1, 9x12"

16 comments:

  1. Oh my! Keep on jumpin' in Dotty!

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  2. OK hope this gets published. Tried 2x on PC,nada. This id getting more interesting. I gather first line and mark painting,then speed painting,then more over the speed painting. She is certainly keeping you busy. Head churning around.

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    1. Thanks for your efforts to comment, Carol—in fact, every message you've published has arrived twice (I delete the duplicate).

      Yes, an interesting and engaging lesson. The order of steps = speed paint, make marks, lift some paint, let dry. Then paint over a significant portion of the speed painting with varied opacity/transparency; more marks then as desired.

      This first overpainting challenged me in a number of ways but I loved having it come together quickly and please my eye.

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    2. I wonder why that is. After the challenge I am going to try some your exercises.

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  3. There is a relationship here. The line on the left is having a serious discussion with the squiggly line on the right. The latter is becoming a little defensive, but I know they'll work it out. I love the color shifts behind them. Could that be what they're discussing?

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    1. Well, yeah, the color shifts and everything else. Squiggly accuses line of being too rigid, rigid thinks squiggly needs a little more backbone, one can eat no fat, the other no lean, and on it goes, but … they love being together : )

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    2. Loving the dialogue between you and Laurie!

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    3. Me, too! I think we may have gone to college together in a former life. Hard to imagine that we've met only through our art.

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  4. Hi Dottie, I saw your painting on the 30 in 30 board and I love your work and spirit.
    www.maryanndidriksen.com

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    1. So glad you saw my painting and commented—THANK YOU! I have been unusually busy and barely able to look through the 30in30 postings, so by your commenting on one of my postings, you have introduced me to your art and for that I say a hearty THANK YOU again.

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  5. Dotty - I love your's and Laurie's story of Squiggly and Rigid Line. It's great fun and I love what they develop together! So glad to see you again in 30 - 30. Great technique!!!
    - Connie https://cagleyart.com

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    1. Connie, so glad to see you again, too! Wasn't Laurie's comment fun? I love that kind of response to art. Thanks for your affirmation of "great technique!!!" Happy for any and all support and encouragement as I explore.

      Clearly, though, I have a bit too much on my plate at the moment. I've barely had a chance to look at, let alone comment on, the 30in30 postings. But!—YOU've been looking and commenting, and now I've gone to your website to feast on your magnificent creations.

      Thank you for your reaching out. Thank you for your art!

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  6. Thanks Dotty. I signed up for your blog too!

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    1. Yay! I look forward to hanging out with you across the miles : )

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