Thursday, 3 July 2014

Nothing goes to waste!




I broke a flower head off one of my geranium plants by mistake but I didn't want to waste the beautiful red flower... so I turned it into this little oil painting.
I already had the small canvas at home and it didn't take long for me to paint the background in acrylic using masking tape to make the stripes. I also painted the basic flower shape in acrylic, letting it dry overnight before finishing off with oil paints.
I'm enjoying acrylics more, I'm beginning to get a feel for what I could do with them... I might even have to buy some more colours!

20x20cms mixed media

6 comments:

Laura Moore said...

What a gorgeous composition Cathy. Love the contrast hard stripes against the roundness and softness of the geranium.

Polly Birchall said...

This is so different. It makes a lovely painting and a good excuse to paint in juicy red. Have a great Sunday

stewcrowther said...

Hello Cathy.
Wonderful...!
It's paintings like this that make me think I really should try acrylics.
Stew.

Judy said...

Really great work, Cathy!

Dan Kent said...

This is wonderfully creative! You've really come into this medium. Interesting the oil over acrylic. I've bought some oils and will see where it takes me - yet to touch them. I had an idea I wanted to explore and also bought an oil pigment stick - but my plan was to cover it with acrylics! I quickly learned from the all-knowing internet that you can't do acrylics over oil, only the other way around. Aw well.

And I love Last Light - the composition is great, the textures are fabulous, and the boat is masterful. But may favorite part of all is what the clouds are doing against the sky.

Sue Pownall said...

Love the composition and choice of background. It's a beautiful painting!

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