A day at the Beach

"At the Beach" acrylic on canvas, 12x36", $295 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Continuing to show some step-by-step images of new acrylic paintings today, with a piece titled “At the Beach” which is shown above. This is another piece that was created outdoor so I was able to freely paint & splatter my way through it. I really do need to get a photo of the rocks in my driveway to show how much fun I’ve been having out there! This started with the bright pastel colors of other recent pieces, I find it hard to recognize it in it’s early stages:

work in progress, image #1 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #2 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #3 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Eventually it made it to it’s mostly blue hue and more details were added.  I wasn’t as diligent taking progress photos of this piece as I normally am…which is usually a sign that I’m just having too much fun and just letting things flow along instead of thinking about photos. As I got to the end of the piece I really wanted to add details that would seem like the froth and bubbles of the seashore so I made a mixture of dish soap, water and white acrylic paint then grabbled a bubble blower and just began to play.  It got the effect I was looking for but I have to say it is really difficult to “aim” where a bubble will land. Especially on a slightly windy day! But that helped with the loose, playful feel by being very unpredictable.

work in progress, "bubbles" on canvas (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, "bubble rings" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After the bubble layer dried I stamped black acrylic paint on with a “wheeled” stamp that left the small round circle patterns that look like tiny bubbles running through the piece.  I have really enjoyed my time painting outdoors and playing with acrylic…be on the lookout for another sample or two of new work soon. Following that? Hmmm, well, I am really feeling drawn to some printmaking projects – or at least acrylic projects with printmaking elements in them the next time I am in the studio!

Paint, print, stamp, smile…