Today is a public holiday in Australia so I’m at home painting. The weather is glorious but I know it will be busy out at the beaches and on the roads so I’m painting at home. I thought I would share some of my recent paintings and processes. One of my latest flower jungle pieces. This one is called Marlene for no particular reason. I really tried hard to NOT use pink in this but as you can see, a little crept in which was actually part of the background collage, and its one of my old caravan paintings that I have copied and torn for collage.
I quite enjoy trying new palettes and especially a limited palette, it makes me think a little. Mostly I just grab at my colours and don’t think much, just choosing what I like.
These paintings are created over a few days/ weeks as I need to let each layer dry before I can move on. Often when I go back to do another layer, I’m in a different mood and I paint differently.
If I feel like I’m hurried because I’m painting in the morning before work, I don’t usually get fresh paint out, I will just use crayon or pencil, this is good as it slows me down a bit, as I can get crazy with painting and do too much. Different moods create different looks and I like that. If I sit and paint in one long session, it can look too streamlined, neat and I don’t like that look. So this works for me, sit down and paint in short bursts. However if I do have lots of time, I usually collage and start several projects and work on each one for a little while, giving them drying time.
I love a bit of map in my collage and have quite a collection of Atlas’s from the op shop. I also paint in my big old 1960s Atlas, the paper is fabulous and thick.
Isn’t she gorgeous, big beautiful pages and they are not shiny which is lovely for painting.
This is a favourite page in my atlas, using just pinks and greens. So many things to paint….. I hope you enjoyed a little look into my painty world. Have a lovely day whatever you may be doing crafty friends.
Love Evy xxx
Just a bit of colour to brighten your weekend. Here’s a little about me and my process.
Clearly I am not afraid to use colour. My home is filled with colour and texture. I have basic white walls, blinds and floor tiles but purely for the backdrop to add splashes of vibrance.
The green velvet couch is one of my fav things!
I grew up in a household full of colour. My mum always painted old furniture in bright colours, we always had feature walls in bright colours and in the 70’s we had awesome wallpaper. She was pretty funky and I knew she was different after seeing what other kids homes looked like. Brown and beige was not in mums vocabulary, and I admired her for her uniqueness. I did go though a muted colour loving era when I was in my teens still trying to find my niche. It didn’t last long, I found my eyes drawn to bright colours and lots of texture. Crushed velvet, boucle, silk and faux fur.
I want my art to have these rich layers and boldness to them. I tend to paint with lots of contrast, the colours are not really chosen, my hand reaches and grabs what my eye goes to first. I sometimes feel like my paintings are rough and childlike, but each one sings to me and makes me happy.
Theres so many layers in my paintings, the collage that I start with has torn pieces of my previous work and lots of neutral vintage pieces that give me the interesting background that I love to start with.
I use acrylic paint to get the base of the flowers and leaves in and then work slowly building up with Neocolor 2 wax pastels and Stabilo Woodys. I add inks and Posca pen marks. I also use stencils and oxide ink to create interest in some areas.
I just keep working until I like it really! I often add something Im not happy with but can just paint over it and create something I do like. I have collaged over something I was unhappy with, not everything works out.
Some days I can zone out and paint mindlessly and other days can be more forced which gives different results. But I usually paint every day. Even if its just 15 minutes.
I have a busy day today, but I’m going to find time to collage some wooden blanks I recently had cut. I will also be working on 2 larger scale paintings that are on recycled canvases that my lovely friend Ange passed onto me.
I spent some time last week adding Linktree to my Instagram profile. Check it out if you are an instagramer. go to love_evy1 and click on my profile and tap on the linktree link to take you to all my shops and website.
Happy Summer weekend friends.
Love Evy xxx