Friday, May 18, 2012

A "21 Secrets Progression"

I have enjoyed going through the "21 Secrets" Workshop this session and I especially enjoyed Tracie Hanson's class called "Journal Quest."
Here is what I did from doing her class.


So, this is how it started. This is a 12 x 12 panel that I did 2 years ago that was up on my shelf. Remember my graffiti phase? I just got a little tired of looking at it so I decided to try Tracie's technique of finding shapes within an abstract painting. I don't think I should give away too much information about her process or supplies since the class is ongoing so I will just let you see my progression of pictures.

Smoosh ...smoosh...




It was really fun and it's a technique that I will use again because after struggling with my Saturday workshop this was such a joy to create And it only took about 30 minutes.

 Maybe trying to paint still life with oils just isn't my thing but I am not giving up yet. Thank you all for your sweet comments. You all are so encouraging to me and if my struggles help you at all then it is worth it to post then---but as you see I have many joyful times also. It's all about brush time---miles and miles of brush time.

 The button for "21 Secrets" is on my blog roll on the right if you would like to join "21 Secrets." I used a palette knife for this painting but I could have totally used a cut up credit card to paint the flowers. I teach how I use a credit card to paint flowers in my class at 21 Secrets called "Credit Card Flowers."

Also, I could couldn't let the silver pot be so I worked on it some more. I am not sure if I saved it since I am not looking at the still life any more and the picture I got reads like I had painted it. Anyway, here it is:
I think I just need to leave it alone now and chalk it up to experience.

35 comments:

Judy Mackey said...

I love the finished smoosh smoosh painting - the colors are vivid! I think your silver pitcher with pears has turned out wonderfully too. Both are lovely ♥

ashok said...

i am really happy to discover your blog!

Nancy said...

Smoosh, smoosh indeed! What a transformation. Lovely.

Janie Husband said...

beautiful, fun and quick..love this....just signed on to 21 secrets...you made me do it...lol

fran p. said...

Martha, I think the silver pot looks more like a silver pot this time around....and the redo of that 12 x 12 is stunning.....

Charmingdesigns said...

Lovely, your silver pitcher looks awesome

Terrie Purkey said...

I see a definite improvement in the silver pot - the reflection captures a bit of the pear, as it should - I like this one a lot. I signed up for 21 secrets a couple weeks ago but haven't made it to your class or this one - but I will. I'm so excited to try them all!

I love that you'll continue to share your palette knife work - and no, I'll never be bored....I love seeing your work and what looks like such effortless flowers. I appreciate your comment about hours and hours of brush work - I better go get busy if I want to improve, right?! Thanks for sharing.

Tracie said...

Wow!! I came to your blog because my own blog stats was showing your blog as referring lots of traffic my way.... Loved seeing your post about what happened for you in my 21 Secrets workshop!! I LOVE IT! Truly beautiful work with that technique and all your other work too! Thank you for sharing it "out there" in blogland!!

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