Canvas in process of being covered with 'Recycled Paint'
... at times I am inspired to do a little painting with the recycled paint, just using the spatula and selected colors.
Bunch of canvasses and panels prepped with 'Recycled Paint' set out to dry.
Garlic Painting done on background prepped with 'Recycled Paint'
Recycled Paint being mixed on the palette with Spatula.
Closeup detail of textures which are achieved by using 'Recycled Paint'
on a canvas panel
Prepared "Recycled Paint" Canvasses ... ready to go!
I have been working with a new technique of recycling paint. Having never liked to throw out older [off] paint, which is just beginning to become unusable, but still fairly soft, I started scraping it onto the canvasses with a large spatula. I call it Recycling Paint. Very eco friendly! Then leave it to dry out completely and sand it back (being careful not to sand through the canvas, to give a wonderful effect to the backgrounds of my paintings. This method gives a deep aged heavy background. I don't want to use this for all my paintings, but have liked the effect it gives to some, as with the one below of Russian Garlic. Best thing about this method is that I don't have to waste paint any more.
I've painted a few larger paintings by using this method ... which I've called my "Recycled Paintings". I'll post some photos of these paintings on the blog some time down the track. They are more abstract, and I use the spatula for these as well, but have introduced figures.
The photo above is of the last lot of canvasses I prepared using the Recycled Paint method. By mixing the colors selectively straight from the palette onto the canvas, I get fabulous colors, no matter that they don't always remain those colors, it's great fun and good exercise. The top photo is a close-up of a prepped canvas using recycled paint, to show you the effect.
Well, much has happened since my last posting, I've had a great exhibition at Maleny Artworks Gallery in Maleny. I've had the Swine Flu, I've hurt my back in the hospital while having Swine Flu and I've taken a long time to recover. Still not completely back to my old self, but walking around a little. So it's back to work, and back to the studio. My first little painting, a 5 X 7" oil of a lovely organic Pear I found with a single leaf at the local Co-op market in Maleny. I also found 5 friends with leaves, but they may have waited a little too long to be painted. So this is it for now. I have some other paintings to post, but haven't had time to photograph them yet, not too far off tho.
I'm very happy to share with you some pics of the Art Exhibition opening on Sat Night at Maleny ArtworksGallery, in Maleny Qld Australia. The show was opened by Ken Munsie, who manages to pull a wonderful art scene together in Maleny for more than 200 local eminent artists who live in the region, and is a superb ceramicist and potter.
So many paintings sold on the night, and over the weekend, and all continuing to go well it should be a very successful exhibition, running for 3 weeks until 19th August at 50 Maple St, Maleny. Also exhibition at the Gallery is Rosemary and Helen Almberg and Ann Oliver.
Wendy Van der Drift posts a painting a day on her blog "Painting Daily" Her beautiful paintings reference old masters and dutch still life painting. What I like is that her composition and subject matter is modern and humorous. There's something human about that garlic!