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“Ninja” Please, You are Finished! My Winning Battle Against The Canvas.

After three attempts, I finally finished my acrylic painting, “Ninja” on my birthday. Yes, two canvases died in the making of this piece, thanks to my lack of experience with acrylics.

This  is a seemingly violent departure from my other work which is typically joyous, gentle and peaceful.  “Ninja” is part of my on-going series called “Black and White and Red All Over” that I started awhile back and includes my two other pieces, “Chat Noir” and “Angry Kitty.”

Ninja

The look is pretty dramatic with the stars zipping through the air, as they make extreme contact with their targets.  It reminds of a scene in an action movie where everything is happening in slow motion.  This is where my love of comic books is evident.

I worked in layers by first tinting the white paint, and then applying it to the entire canvas.  Afterwards, I applied a second layer of white horizontal streaks for some added texture and to make the stars appear as if they were flying at light speed.  Then there was the application of nerve-wracking details such as the black streaks around and behind the stars, followed by the red splatters. On my second attempt, the splatters ended up being my demise because I didn’t dilute the paint and it resulted in huge clumps on the canvas.  I was smarter this third go round.

So yes, “Ninja” was a rough customer but I persevered and completed it.   This was the one time where I felt that creating art was very much like a sparring match.

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Sketches: Black and White and Red All Over

I wish there was enough time to make everything. There are just so many ideas that pop into my head and I can’t draw them fast enough.

I am attempting this new series called “Black and White and Red All Over.”  Personally I think this is crazy for me to do since I’ve got other projects that require my attention including the ongoing “Twelve Days of Christmas ” and “The Veil” from my earlier writings.

Is this normal behavior for artists to be so scattered?  I typically like to start on one project and stick with it until it’s finished.  Oh, to be able to work on my art full time!  It just doesn’t seem fair does it?

Anyhey,  in an earlier post, I talked about working more in black and white with a splash of one color.  “Mercy” is the most recent example of that.  This time I  decided to throw some red in the mix which is a little out of the norm for me.  I needed the change-up.  When I look at my body of work, I can see that the predominant colors are green and blue.  Personally I think green is perfection because it’s calming, soothing, and ever-present.  I call it my spirit color (although I am far from perfection for sure).

Red on the other hand is energy, it is fiery, aggressive, my natural opposite but  I am still a fan of it though.   In my opinion,  red, black and white produce the most striking color combination.  Individually these colors are all strong in their own right.

Now here’s the kicker, my goal is to put this series on canvas.  YES, canvas!  I don’t have a clue about painting other than painting the walls in my house or dishes from the pottery painting places that are all over town.  I went to Hobby Lobby last week and bought some black, white, and red acrylic paints, brushes, one large canvas and one tiny canvas to practice on.   I should have researched this a little more but sometimes it’s just nice to do some free experimentation.

Here  are my preliminary sketches that I drew with Sharpie pens.  Pretty simple.  Not trying to do “The Last Supper” especially not on canvas.  One of the sketches that piqued my interest was that of  a black cat.  I am really thinking about doing a sub-series of the black and white series called “Chat Noir,” meaning “Black Cat” in french.  “Chat Noir” would be the one getting into cat-like shenanigans such as clawing a sofa to pieces, hissing and rearing up in arch-like formation at the sight of a dog, hunting birds, or getting stuck in a tree.  There’s lots of material to work with, especially since I own a cat.  I plan to do my best to avoid being cutesy as you see with so many cat and kitten pictures.  Chat Noir” should have an attitude, pretty much like most cats.

After creating some sketches of an apple, I painted one on the small canvas.  It was a fun exercise.   The red paint wasn’t applied as evenly as I would have liked so that will be something to focus on in the future as I paint on larger canvases.

We’ll keep you posted on how all this goes. I think it’s funny that now that I have been thinking about creating works in red,  I see the color in my surroundings now more than ever before.

Mercy: The Final

I posted the preliminary sketch of “Mercy ” a few weeks ago but here is the final.  I’m pleased with how well it turned out and think the green leaves are a nice touch.  As much as I like working in full color, I have to say that I really like working in black and white with a hint of color.  The simplicity fascinates me and now I want to do more  ink drawings.

For the longest time,  I’ve been afraid to work  in ink because of the potential for permanent mistakes. Fortunately I’ve gained a lot of confidence using my awesome black brush pen to create random sketches on church bulletins every Sunday.  Hopefully there will be more ink drawings to follow.

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