September 25, 2018

#17 Red Glow - Mixed Media Daily Painting

"Red Glow"
Mixed Media on canvas


Here is another mixed media painting that started from a very random underpainting, full of colors and textures, and then I decided to turn it into a bright sunset on a rocky shore.

I created the ground texture with paper of different kinds, including paper doilies, and with peelings from the dry palette. I painted over with acrylic paint, using various brushes and some home-made stencils for interesting patterns.

I really like how it turned out.

It makes me smile.


#16 Standing Tall - Mixed Media Painting

Last week an artist friend saw my latest paintings and told me that the colors reminded him of Wolf Kahn's work.
Honestly I had no idea of how his work looked like, so I googled it and... I loved his colors and the simple shapes in the composition.
Here is a small painting inspired by what I saw.

"Standing Tall"
Mixed Media on canvas


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September 24, 2018

#15 Sunbright - Mixed Media Painting

Here is a colorful abstract painting that took several days to finish, mainly due to the size and the many layers of paint, paper, fibers, stencils, etc. setting my 30 paintings in 30 days on a slow mode.

colorful abstract landscape painting
Mixed media on canvas

Below are some images showing the Step-by-Step of the initial stages, with a super random abstract design that I used as starting point.

Stage 1
Random abstract shapes
I still had no idea of what the painting would become.
I was just trying to create some interesting patterns.

Stage 2
I decided I wanted to make it a landscape with trees and a stream.
I start drawing the main lines of the landscapes, that at this point
may seem to add confusion, but they make sense to me.

Stage 3

I get out my custom made stencils and start adding patterns for the leaves, the water, and the grass.
Can you see them? It's still confusing...

Some detail shots.

I used thread from an old fabric on the tree trunks
and patterns on the vegetation.

Close-up on the top-right trees where I used my home-made stencils,
paper, and impasto paint.

And finally the frontal view of the sun spot that inspired me the title "Sunbright"

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September 19, 2018

#14 City Hub - Mixed Media Daily Painting

"City Hub"
Mixed media on canvas

Guess what? Another mixed media study of the Short North, in Columbus, OH.

Experimenting with acrylic paint, fabric, paper, thread, and custom made stencils.
The fun continues.

It may seem that I'm going in a totally different direction, but it's still me, just having fun and exploring.


Thanks for looking.

September 17, 2018

#13 of 30 paintings in 30 Days Challenge - Shining Through, Mixed Media

On Saturday, I attended a mixed media demo with the talented and creative Susan Rossiter. 
Six lucky attendees gor the opportunity to experiment with a stretched canvas and lots of top notch art supplies. She showed us the way, and then let us get super creative.

I came home with a very colorful and textural abstract painting, and I worked a little bit on it in my studio because, being me, I wanted to "see something" in it.
So I turned it into a path in the woods, with the light Shining Through.

Shining Through
Mixed Media on stretched canvas

Susan had all kinds of acrylic paint, brands Golden and Liquitex. 
Heavy body, fluid, spray, acrylic ink, gel medium, cracking paste, and who knows what else. I only used a few things and I was already full of wows.

She also had all kinds of paper, embroidery thread, and other things to create textures and patterns, like paper doilies. One think that I did not use were her beautiful stencils and the spray paint.

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Below is the abstract painting as it looked at the end of the workshop.

I came home with this very colorful and textural abstract painting.

Days #11 and #12 - Change of Pace: a Plein Air Oil Painting

It has been a while since the last time I ventured outside to paint, and last week I did it two days in a row, attracted by a lovely view of sunflowers at a local farm.

I had to go back twice because the first day it was super hot and I had to escape after an hour or so. Note to self: don't wear long jeans on a hot day!

I got captivated by the view of the farm building through the sunflowers.

After laying down some general shapes with the brush, I switched to palette knife painting,
I love the texture that it creates.

Lots of bugs around me, this one seemed to particularly enjoy the painting.

At a good point, almost done, but needs still some work.

I'll post a photo of the final painting in a few days. I have the feeling that when I'll look at it with fresh eyes, it might needs a few small adjustments here and there.

September 13, 2018

#9 and #10 - Two Under-Pantings Done With Mixed Media

All right, this painting-a-day-thing is getting out of hand, it seems like the technique that I'm using requires me to invest a couple of day at least in each painting. 

BUT, I'm having so much fun that I'm not even thinking of abandoning this trajectory. :D

So here are two more under-painting "completed", one is more advanced than the other, I'll work on them more tomorrow and in the next days.

They are both going to be scenes of the Short North District, or so it seems right now,

Here you go:

Greenish under-painting, mixed media
This one could become the Short North Scene that I have in mind,
or something else. We'll see.

The other one I actually took two photos, one earlier in the stage, and one at the end of the day.

Orange(ish) under-painting
Mid stage

Orange(ish) under-painting
Later stage
still 9"x12"
This is already heading towards the Short North scene,
several elements start to appear.

"Instead of working on two under-painting, why don't you just finish one?", you may ask.
Great question!
The answer is that I don't know, lol. Part of it is because when I need to take a break (because life calls me out of my studio) and I have paint left on my palette it's much quicker and easier to use it to create a random abstract composition than to try to make sensible patterns and shapes towards a representational image.
The other part of it is that I like to carry on more than one painting at the time. Every time I switch from one to the other I start with fresh eyes and I'm able to see what it needs more objectively.
There is probably some other part to it, but I can't think of it right now. :)

Hopefully, tomorrow I'll be able to post at least one of the two paintings at final stage.

Stay tuned. :)

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September 11, 2018

#8 of 30 in 30 - A Bright Tomorrow, Mixed Media Painting

I worked two days on this. Yesterday I did the abstract underpainting using the mixed media elements, today I added layers of acrylic paint using brushes and custom made stencils.

Abstract mixed media painting by Robie Benve
"A Bright Tomorrow"
Mixed Media: acrylic, paper, fibers

I already posted the under-painting as yesterday's work, but below is a reminder of what it looked like at the initial stage.

I liked the clean look of the first stage, did I ruin it adding all the patterna and colors?
I hope not, because I like the final version of it too.

the mixed media under-painting for "A Bright Tomorrow"

It felt god to go back to my favorite subject, a sunset on the beach, and this time I just did it from my head, without looking at a reference photo. Total freedom.

September 10, 2018

#7 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days - Abstract Underpainting. Mixed Media

I've been starting my mixed media painting with a very random abstract under-painting. Some days I make only the under-painting and leave it be until I get an inspiration on how to continue.

Today I made this, on a 10"x10" stretched canvas, using acrylic paint, tissue paper, thread, and acrylic peelings from a dried-up palette.

Wat will it become?

Abstract under-painting
Mixed Media
At some point I started seeing a sunset on a beach.
I think I'll develop it in that direction.

Unless, as I add layers, I start seeing something else, then I'll change direction.

: )

Here is the link to the 30 in 30 challenge site, where most participants post a thumbnail of their daily painting, with a link. 
Thanks to Leslie Saeta for creating this wonderful challenge, what an incentive to paint and an opportunity for artists to network!


September 8, 2018

#6 of 30 paintings in 30 Days - First Lights of the Evening, Mixed Media Painting

"First Lights of the Evening"
Mixed media on canvas

For this month I've switched from oil painting to mixed media, and I'm having a blast!

It took me more than a day to complete this one, and I can still see things that I'd like to tweak, but that's how my life as a painter is, I could go on adding details and changing things forever, it's hard to stop and call it done.
The 30 in 30 challenge is a good incentive to move on to the next piece; it might be underdone, but at least it's not overworked. :)

The mixed media includes, acrylic paint, custom made stencils, tissue paper, and thread.

I am behind on my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, but I'm hoping to catch up before the end of the month.  Fingers crossed!

Thanks a lot for stopping by.