Orbit in an orbit

Orbit in an orbit

Acrylic on Canvas
A4 (8 * 11.5 inches)

I haven’t done Illustration Friday for quite a while.  The word this week is Orbit.  The orbit is the cavity in the skull in which the eye sits.   So what I’ve painted is a couple of eyeballs orbiting around (each other) within an orbit.

And why would they be eyeballing each other so aggressively?  Perhaps it reflects anger and frustration at our inability to look after our environment.  Their orbital path mirroring that of all the space junk floating around the planet which made the news last week.  And perhaps the skull reflects the fate of mankind if we continue in this irresponsible way.

The palette used is yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, white and a touch of red.

Ten Pin Bowling Shoes on Linen

Ten Pin Bowling Shoes

Acrylic on Canvas
6 * 4 inches

I didn’t know you could get specialist shoes for ten pin bowling.  I suppose I’ve never had reason to think about it, I’ve only ever been bowling twice.  Apparently you need these shoes to have consistent control over your sliding.

This painting has been done on medium weave primed linen.  I divided that roll I bought the other day into two.  One have has given me four 8 * 10 inch pieces and three smaller scraps.  I used one of the scrap pieces for this painting.

Colours are: pthalo blue & white for the background; alizarin crimson and a touch of napthol red light for the main part of the shoe; ultramarine blue and burnt sienna for various darks.

Primed Fine Weave Linen


Acrylics on Canvas
3 * 3 inches

Blue Flowers

Acrylics on Canvas
3 * 3 inches

I got two little cuts of universal primed fine weave linen to try out.  Very nice to paint on. 

I also bought a half meter of primed medium weave linen which I’m yet to try.  Hopefully I’ll enjoy painting on that just as much since it’s cheaper.

Xmas Tree Angel

Acrylic on Canvas Paper 8 * 10 inches

Acrylic on Canvas Paper
8 * 10 inches

Merry Christmas everybody and have a wonderful New Year!

This piece was painted as part of the WetCanvas acrylics forum ‘Different Strokes’ monthly task.  We were asked to paint something related to Christmas.

Where’s My Palette Knife?

New Palette Knife

New Palette Knife

Old Palette Knife

Old Palette Knife

I hadn’t realised how much I use my palette knife until it went AWOL. 

What a disaster!  I’ve only ever done 1 palette knife painting but I use it to mix my paints (I try hard not to mix with brushes, so easy to forget though).

I went out and bought a new palette knife, so clean and shiny, only to have the old faithful turn up a few days later.

So I’m now the proud owner of 2 palette knives, one of which has a sharp tip (the old one’s a bit disfigured).  Maybe I’ll attempt a few more palette knife paintings.

Rose on Lana Vanguard (Yupo)

Acrylic on Yupo Paper 10 * 14 inches

Acrylic on Yupo Paper
10 * 14 inches

I’m trying out Lana Vanguard Polypropylene paper, it’s made in France and similar to Yupo paper (which we can’t seem to get here).

It is smooth, smooth, smooth!  The paper is non-absorbent so colour sits on top of the paper and takes longer to dry than with other surfaces.  I thought this would make it great for blending but the paint just slides all over the place.

Having said that I like this painting of a rose (I started with an acrylic gouache black/white underpainting) and look forward to more experiments with Lana Vanguard paper.