I started out really liking these little canvases. I liked the colours and the abstract marks of days 1 and 2 but on day 3, I had a calamity when I attempted an impasto layer using acrylic paint mixed with some old heavy gel medium. I tried scraping it off and wiping back with water and alcohol drops but couldn’t recover those lovely vibrant layers from day 2, so I gessoed the canvases ready to start over again.
I stayed in my comfort zone for the next round and sketched out two birds with the intention of painting them loosely or semi-abstract but that didn’t work out either. My head and brush weren’t in synch and the birds ended up with a somewhat “illustratorly” feel when, dissatisfied with my paint layers, I added graphite details. I’m still not at peace with losing those pretty abstracts but lessons were learnt, namely:
Art supplies have a limited shelf-life - much like old food at the back of the shelf, they expire.
Painting abstract art isn’t easy; a good abstract can be elusive - and my strengths lie elsewhere.
I don’t love painting small - which is a pity because I have a lot of small canvases to use up!
Scroll through the images below to see the progression of my “Winter Bullfinch” and “Get Tit”.