In the last couple of weeks, I’ve done more painting than I probably did during the whole of last year.
There were lots of reasons for it including work (my day job is teaching) as well as some difficult things I was going through. I just wasn’t in the mood to paint, and when I did give it a go I wasn’t happy with the results.
For one reason or another, I seem to have gotten my ‘groove’ back, and have lots of new ideas for paintings running around in my head. I’ve decided to finish off any unfinished work before I get to the new stuff.
You might remember a while back that I started a commission for some friends of mine. The challenge was to create a large acrylic on canvas version of my painting Colours of Nature. Well, I finally finished it! All those little swirls took quite a while but I’m very happy with the result. I can’t wait to see it hanging up!
After finishing this painting I felt such a sense of accomplishment, I wanted to do more!
First I painted this one, which I’m calling “Rainbow on a Cloudy Day”. It’s a LOT smaller than the one above – it’s only 4″ x 6″. It can stand up on its own so can be put on a shelf instead of hung on the wall.
After completing this one I really wanted to have a go at some other new ideas in my head (and play with some new paints) but I thought I should finish off some unfinished work. So…
I finished this one, which has been sitting and waiting patiently for more than a year for some attention. Well, it’s nearly finished anyway – all I have to do is spray on a coat of sealant and it’s done. I have done many watercolour paintings in this style, but it was a challenge to create the same effect with a canvas! I’m eager to try to do more like this.
Finally, I also finished this painting:
There was really no excuse for not getting this painting finished earlier, as all that was left to do was the tree trunks and branches – all of the detail work in the swirls was already finished. I’m very happy with how it turned out in the end!
Hopefully I will be able to keep you up-to-date with lots of new work in the future!
7 thoughts on “Getting My Groove Back”
Beautiful colors schemes! I love painting trees also. I especially like the first one and the last one!
Just love the colour in your painting. It makes me feel so happy.
Glad to see you back at work, producing such pretty things! Looking forward to seeing more!
Friar Don, OBR
Good news you’ve got the urge to paint back! I love the colours in the last picture
Dear Kirsten ,
I just love your paitings and i found them on net while sreaching for a happy mood nature paiting:)..they r really wonderfull good luck..and i just put “colours of nature” for my facebook cover ,with your name :).i hope it will be ok
your art is mysterious, colorfull and pure:)..
So, are these a mix a watercolor AND acrylic?
Kari – some of the paintings are acrylic, some are watercolours.
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