Tuesday, May 19, 2009

30 Day Art Challenge: Day 16-19 & Layer Love Liftoff

Day 16:

An exercise in underpainting and glazing. So interesting, will definitely be using this technique again. I love the depth and history it produces.

Day 17:

In my quotation journal. The quote is from my beloved Walt Whitman;

Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

Day 18&19

The "julification" has begun! These are my first and second attempts from lesson 1 of the Layer Love course with Julie Prichard. I can already tell that I am going to learn a tonne! ...about acrylics, about the play between opacity and translucency when painting, about new and exciting techniques for making richly layered, aged and urban looking pieces like Julie does. It's still not too late to sign up if you're interested!

12"x9" acrylic on watercolour paper

2 sides of the same page in my quotation journal

And that's about it for me. It's been a quiet weekend...happily so. Just puttering around the house, making some art, playing with my boys...nothing earth shattering, but not tedious either, just the steady forward motion of day to day living.


  1. I love your quote journal!!! I'm really enjoying Julie's class too!

  2. Sorry for serial commenting, but I just noticed my "Reach" painting in your etsy spotlight!!! Thanks!

  3. I really like your green pages! Great color and texture. I especially like the first one with the lighter green area. Can't wait to see Lesson 2!

  4. I love that top picture! How did you do that one? Your Julie pages are great. I'm enjoying the class.

  5. All these are fantastic but the first one crosses over into spectacular!

  6. Is day 16 from Julie's class? Love the texture and earthiness of it.

  7. Thank you so much! :D Seriously made my day with all these kind words!

    @Carmen I am crazy about your "Reach" painting. It is amazing! So no problem. :)

    @ Neen Doesn't Julie's class rock? Also can't wait for the next lesson!

    @Janet I did an underpainting in black and white heavy body acrylics, then glazes in yellows, browns and blues and then India ink. Definitely fun, and a technique I will use again!

    @Seth Wow. Thanks so much! :)

    @ Melody Day 16 was just my own experimentation. I was reading about how the old Masters had to paint (underpainting and glazes) and wanted a go. I really like the depth it brings.

  8. wowza, that first you posted is just amazing. i really love it.

  9. I'm in the Layer Love group and am blog surfin' tonight...I really liked how you finished this off with the writing!
    I also read how your pages stuck together...was it this one? ARGGG!

  10. Thanks Maggie May. :)

    And hi Becci! Yes, it was these ones. *groan* I'm going to try to fix them up, and luckily they're meant to be kind of grungy and battered looking anyway...but it sure was disheartening.

  11. wow, Evangeline you are amazing artist. Your work really touches me. These internet displays make me wish for experiencing in person. The first one makes me dream/remember laying on a wooden pier in the summer waiting for my uncle to come back from fishing on the lake. I think I might be able to smell wet wood if I gaze long enough.

  12. the second one makes me giggle and think of my namesake in the Spongebob Square pants show. Oh, Bikini bottom you are an unusual home for a squirrel.

  13. The next series -- the forest pictures, remind me of the smell of the rainforest on the west coast of washington. The first in the series must be the sunrise viewed from deep within the forest, where I am certain the sun appears to be emerald green. The second one reminds me of the hope and fear of leaving something familiar and safe and known. And the third is the feeling of looking back on the past and finding it a bit hazy in the memory version.

    Thank you, thank you for sharing these.


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