Sonntag, 29. September 2019

"Foliage" - Art Elements Theme Challenge

This month Caroline chose such a wonderful theme - "Foliage". I was surprised that I actually managed to get quite a lot done because we also were on holidays this month... and at work I had a lot to do to get the huge pile done that accumulated during my vacation. *sighs*

Some of the images you may also have seen (the cat prints) since I wrote about how I create my printing plates at Art Elements ("Printing plates and art prints").

So here are my creations. There no coherent plan but rather I simply tried to get the theme incorporated in all my work and sketches. This mixed media piece started out as some card board I used to clean my brayer on top. I love the gold accents. It is a acrylic gold paint from the PrimAcryl series from Horadam and I was surprised how nice it is.

I also brought a new sketch book and my art supplies with me during travelling including my new ceramic test palettes and also the empty make up tins that I tested for their usability as water color palette. ;)

I played less than I expected but that was due to the fact that I didn't like the paper quality. It was an expensive water color sketch book, sadly not 100% cotton because they had none but a high quality one. And nope, not usable for water color. Still, it worked quite well with gouache. 

I love vintage tins!

My muted / earthy / dark palette... there are three additional wells in the lowest row with gouache and Formentera red earth water color (not on the swatch card).

My rather bright / greeny pallette also with additional gouache in the lowest row (and also not on the swatch card). I nearly used ALL yellow gouache due to the paper problem and thankfully I had a lot of white gouache in both palettes. I used it in combination with water color to get more gouache paint because that worked quite well.

The lizards took me several days to finish simply because of all the leaves... and I had to wait in between for everything to dry. The risk running with my hand over some wet paint was... well... it happened ;)

But I so love them! They feel like summer and sunshine. I am thinking about getting some paintings done in this style as well as to scan these to and print them on thin cotton fabric.

And next to each other...

Also some simple nice studies of leaves as well as color studies.

These are the foliage inspired cat prints I wrote about over at Art Elements. My collection was short of a cat printing plate (shocking, I know!) and I combined the theme cat with the challenge theme.

The prints are done on paper as well as MDF board. The coloured backgrounds are made with gouache and the prints with water-based linoprinting ink (both from Schmincke).

The right print is without any foliage... but dots... I mean.... DOTS! Somehow they make everything better (like the lizards!).

This cat print over the yellowish/mustard background is my favorite print of all cat prints. I think I will keep this one for myself an frame it. 

I played a little bit more with gouache + MDF board + simplified foliage and am surprised how well I like this style. Sadly my camera was not able to capture the true turquoise and purple undertones so you will have to take my word that there is much more contrast in the paintings in real life (also I corrected the paint problems on the left leaf).

Since we were on holidays, I also missed a lot of the annual gel printing challenge in September from Birgit Koopsen.... but I managed to get some done. This one fits her monochrome prompt and our foliage theme! 

Thank you for joining us this month! My entries were a little bit over the place but I have to say, I really enjoyed all my experiments with paint and different styles and love the outcome! 

Please have a look at all the participants this month! :)

AE Team
Claire  (you are here)

Beth & Evie  

21 Kommentare:

  1. LOVE what you created here with the theme. The lizards are my favorite in this bunch, but the cats are pretty sweet too!

  2. Your watercolors as SO beautiful - I wish I could do that too! But I just LOVE the kitties!

  3. Claire, your colors are beautiful. Your kitty with foliage endears me. Your talent is exciting and remarkable. I sure enjoyed your post.

  4. I love what you have created this month, especially the fern monochromes. Every time I read your posts I think I must try gelli printing.

  5. A little all over the place seems to suit you just fine - I'm having a hard time to decide what I like best. Okay, I'm not, of course it's the cats :-D but the lizards are also great and, well, everything!

  6. Your cat prints are amazing - I love them all - but seriously I am in love with the ones with leaves! Those lizards are to die for - they are so cute!

  7. The lizards are great and so cheerful they make me smile. Printing them onto fabric is a fantastic idea; I can imagine bags, pillows and well just all kinds of things made of that wonderful design.

    Of all the cat prints, my favorite is the one with the yellow background. The leaves and the cat together on that bright, summery color make my heart sing.

    Despite being on vacation and pressed for time, you did a great job on your challenge designs!

  8. I always love coming to visit your blog Claire, your art is amazing, especially that first print... the colours are just gorgeous. Thanks so much for taking part in the challenge.

  9. As a bonfide Cat Lover, I especially love your cat with the leaves. But all your work is so awesome and I love reading about your color experiments. Alysen

  10. Your work is so wonderful to look at and you got SO much accomplished over vacation too. One could just fall into those tiny details in your work. Just magnificent Claire! :)

  11. I always love seeing your prints & sketchbook paintings! This time is no different. I REALLY love that first layered mixed media piece. When you showed a sneak peek I fell in love with it. Your lizard paintings are delightful and I just love the cat stamp you created. It looks great layered with you simple foliage paintings. And your gel prints with the ferns are such gorgeous colors!!

  12. OOOOHHHHHH all those tiny leaves! The lizards are wonderful. I am enchanted by all of your palettes - and also impressed that you did as much art as you did do on vacation! The Gelli leaf prints may be my favorites, but I love the muted tealy ones on the MDF too.

  13. I always enjoy seeing what you are creating. The lizards and cats are really cute. The pastel flower is my favorite. It is really pretty.

  14. Beautiful. I love how you incorporated the animals into the art.

  15. I love the variety you get into your work Claire and as always every piece has something different to offer - all are wonderful.

  16. Oh dear. Lizards and cats. Could this get any better? Yes, because each print is more amazing than the next. Beautifully done, again.

  17. Oh Claire, these are all just beautiful! I love your work! I am especially taken with your lizards. They make me think of sunshine and summer.

  18. I adore those happy, bright lizards! Always so fun seeing what you've been up to.

  19. Lizards are symbols of regrowth and rebirth in many cultures. You have made them look whimsical with the dots and patters. great job.

  20. Your experiments are amazing as ever, Claire! I'm in awe of the lizards - the sheer amount of detail and work in there is awesome, and I love your idea of getting them printed on fabric. The cat prints are very cool, indeed. (Oh yes, dots make everything better - therapeutic and pretty!)

  21. Love, love the lizards! And the cats! And all the different leaves and compositions! You've accomplished quite a lot, despite the lack of time :)



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