Tag Archives: acrylics

Cultivar

Here is one more neurographics-related painting I made.

(If you wonder what I’m talking about, here is a post I wrote explaining how I learned about neurographics and what it means.)

This one is called “Cultivar”.

I did this painting in March, 2022. It’s 24″ x 18″ on Masonite, painted in acrylics and acrylic paint markers.

Heartbeat

Here is another neurographics-related painting I made.

(If you wonder what I’m talking about, here is a post I wrote explaining how I got to this place along the art road.)

This one is called “Heartbeat”.

I did this painting in March, 2022. It’s 24″ x 18″ on Masonite, painted in acrylics and acrylic paint markers.

Engine

Here is another painting I made following (very loosely) the structure of doing a painting while considering neurographics. (If you wonder what I mean, here is a post I wrote explaining how I got to this place along the art road.)

It’s called “Engine”.

I did this painting in March, 2022. It’s 24″ x 18 on masonite, painted in acrylics and acrylic paint markers.

Mark-making and where it led

Back in February, I took a Zoom workshop on mark-making. One topic that came up was neurographic art.

Our instructor, Lorrie Grainger Abdo, explained it as an art therapy that follows a specific set of instructions that the individual can use to reduce stress, work out problems, etc. In our session, she focused on explaining the actual mark-making that is used to accomplish it in showing us the technique.

Basically, you make a scribbly or swirling line on your paper, with crossings and intersections. Your paper can be plain or have colors or designs already on it.

Where those crossings occur, you fill them in to round them off. You extend any dangling lines to the edge of the paper. Then you do whatever you want with the result – fill in with color, with marks, add or subtract items, whatever you like.

This technique intrigued me as another example of providing artistic freedom within boundaries to guide me. Often, I want to paint, to let out feelings, but I need a place to start. For me, this idea really was exciting. I tried it out right away.

I had a masonite board 14″ x 11″ that I had painted with some colors. I drew in my lines and went from there. Here is the result.

I called it “Woman” because that was what first ocurred to me when I stopped working and looked at it as a whole.

I really enjoyed this process of working and it’s perfect for opening a door to an abstract painting, I think. I will be doing it again.

Going to Go Out into the World

I made these little images as a test case for possible art drop offs (if you want to know what I am talking about, look here).

They are done in acrylics/acrylic markers on 4″ x 4″ boards that are 3/8″ thick. I’ve used this support before and I thought it might be good for handling some amount of inclement weather. Because art outdoors, you have to be ready.

In actual use, I put the couple of paintings I’ve set out already into plastic sleeves (I happened to already have some that were a good fit). I think of these as little raincoats.

I also put a note inside that lets the curious viewer know it’s ok to take the art home with them, if they want to.

Waiting Room

Between August 2021 and February 2022, I spent a lot of time in waiting rooms of all kinds of eye doctor offices, but mostly at the hospital, for treatment of my eye problems. So, you can see from where I got the inspiration to do this painting.

Acrylics and acrylic markers, 20 x 16, January 2022.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 9

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

I did this painting in my studio as part of an online class I was taking in late fall, 2021. Here are the photos I used for references. The building is in Glenside, PA; the trees are along the Perkiomen Creek near Collegeville, PA: and the pastries are from Whole Foods in Jenkintown, PA.

And here is the painting. It is called “In Our Neighborhood” and it is 18″ x 24″. Done in December 2021.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 8

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

I did this painting in my studio as part of an online class I was taking in late fall, 2021. Here are the photos I used for references. The sofa is like our new one (this is the one in the store); the small tree is in Glenside, PA; the twin house is in Wyncote, PA.

And here is the painting. It is called “Comfortable Neighborhood” and it is 18″ x 24″. Done in November 2021.

Odd Creatures Postcards 2021: Epilogue

Back in June 2021 I made a selection of postcards featuring odd-looking creatures.

I took a piece of light cardboard cut to size from a cereal or cracker box. Then I painted bands of color with acrylic paints. Then, I did some negative space drawing with India ink.

I’ve shown you all of the cards I made in this set. How about a group picture so that you can see the entire array?

Odd Creatures Postcards 2021: Five

Back in June 2021 I made a selection of postcards featuring odd-looking creatures.

I took a piece of light cardboard cut to size from a cereal or cracker box. Then I painted bands of color with acrylic paints. Then, I did some negative space drawing with India ink.

There are quite a few of these cards to show. I’ll do so over a few posts. Seeing the end product is better than explaining it in words. Take a look.