Friday, July 14, 2017

Giving An Old Painting A Face Lift

Last December I completed a painting.  I will post it later but it was of a girl and a dandelion.  I had never painted a dandelion puff before so I watched a few You Tube tutorials. This is the one I found that worked the best for me:
Then I set off to practice & finally applied the technique to canvas.  I was very happy with the way the painting turned out.  The dandelion was just what I wanted and the little girls face was cute too.  I had painted her before but liked this face better.  The painting hung in my house and I got many compliments on the dandelion.  After living with the painting for 6 months I decided that it was lacking something.  I have started a new group of work and am really trying to concentrate on incorporating the figure with a background. There just seemed to be too much space.  Plus I did not paint her arm the first time around & that was bugging me as well.

The other night I drew her arm.  I then watched the dandelion video again as a refresher.  This morning I updated the painting.  I also glazed it to warm it up.  I think it is much better now.  I guess what I am trying to say is do not be afraid to change your mind.  Sometimes I think a work is done but after I live with it for a while a creative jolt hits me over the head and pushes me to do more. Trust your gut.  It is only paint.  If the work is lacking you've got nothing to loose.

Here are the before and afters.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Until the next time... Peace!

                                                    ~Donna~




Friday, July 7, 2017

"Felicity" Acrylic Portrait Painting

I painted Felicity with a very relaxed mindset.  I started with a black gessoed canvas and took it from there.  Painting on black puts a different spin on things and is quite fun.  I used layers of acrylic paint with collage papers.  I like the enchanted feeling of this piece.  It makes me think of the magic of childhood.  This painting is available on my website.

I am happy to announce that I will have 5 paintings featured in an upcoming exhibit 1:26 The Art Of Epilepsy.  It will be held by the Kant Institute in Newport Beach, Ca.  Here are a couple of links to the exhibit:  

A wonderful night of art for a good cause!

Oh come ye child
To the land of fey
      Where dragons roam
And fairies play
  Where the music is
  Both soft and wild
  Oh come, oh come
 Oh come ye child!
                      Diana Leger

Have a great weekend!
~Donna~


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Back To The Blogosphere And Tree Paintings

  It is a rainy Saturday but everything outside looks greener with the colors of spring accenting the landscape.  It is a beautiful time in Northeastern Ohio.  The rain seems to add the punch that gloss medium adds to color.  That against the tonal background of a cloudy day makes a great inspiration for a painting.  I have been working on a series of landscapes/seascapes/trees using mostly acrylic paints.  Here is one of them.

acrylic tree painting by Donna Holdsworth

"Passages"
20x20 x1.5

I created this piece using a pouring technique which I have modified to fit my needs as well as my budget. I love the free look achieved from using a pour but man can it eat up your paint supply!  I continue to experiment with this while keeping the pouring to a minimum. The tree trunk is sculpted with a palette knife.  I hope that you enjoy your weekend wherever it may take you.  Time for a cup of coffee.  Until the next time......
Peace to you!

Donna