Friday, July 21, 2017

New Halloween Paintings

Pumpkin Guards   16" x 12"  acrylics
I know it is way too early for Halloween, but..... I have been asked to paint some paintings for the Halloween themed show at the Tracy Grand Art Gallery (in Tracy, CA) for the Sept / Oct show.  I am so excited about the way they turned out, I just had to share them now.

I am trying something new.  I never thought I was very good using my imagination, but I am so excited about this new painting process for me.  It is called "Intuitive Painting".  It is begun with putting lots of globs of acrylic paint on the canvas and mixing them all about with scrapers, brushes, sticks, sponges, etc.  Let that layer dry (or not) and add stamps, stencils, more brush strokes, etc.  Let that layer dry again. The idea is to play with the paint and not worry about anything, just trust yourself that it will be alright whatever you do!  

The next layers seem to paint themselves.  I had an idea what I wanted in the paintings... crows and a halloween theme... and somehow the images just popped into view as I started blocking in the various images and painting over parts of the background.    My mind just flowed with the paint.  I painted over many of the background layers, but some stayed and more layers of stamps & stencils and brush strokes appeared too.  

It was an amazing experience creating these paintings.  I hope to do more like these in the future!  Let me know what you think of them!

In the Pale Moonlight  16" x 12"    acrylics 

I wanted to keep the Halloween theme light and fun, not gruesome and bloody.  There are children who visit the gallery and the paintings need to be fun.  

Spirit Dance    16" x 12"   acrylics
Candy Thief   16" x 12"   acrylics

See my paintings at the Tracy Grand Art Gallery, Tracy, California
September and October, 2017