Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Paint experiment Pointillism style

On the previous post I mentioned buying some paints in dauber form. They are FUN! (skip to that post)
Each of my little experiments were done on muslin scraps about 7 inch squares, while sitting on my porch perch drinking my morning coffee. Quick. Playful. Simple.
I made 8 little paintings.
All done on dry fabric blending the paint by overlapping the colors.

Pointillism fascinates me. The way human eye blends little bits of colors placed next to each other, the relativity of color is a study in itself.

Here are four. The daubers are about 3/4" in diameter so kind of large. I did not sketch first, just started daubing and overlaying color in simple primitive form.
I wanted to see how they worked.

I have a limited color selection, brown, yellow, purple, green, blue, pink.

That would be the hardest part for me, and I would like to find the self filling tube/daubers so I could fill them with any number of blended paint myself.
It's good to have limitations to see what you can do in imperfect situations.
After doing the tree, I took out a fabric pen and drew in quick lines over the trunk.

This is darker in person
I colored in some blossoms and used the pen again for some definition after daubing the paint on.Used met. paint over the body.

Imagine this after tons of machine quilting with metallic threads, a few crystals, maybe some beads.

In honor of the Adirondacks...
On this one I started with the trunks done with marker, then daubed, water lines quickly drawn in with marker, as were birds

Same here. Trunks first, shadowing them with some of the yellow dauber along a side which warmed them up and added a hint of dimension.

I didn't know that would happen, just that they looked so flat. The yellow tone done in a light hand along the outside was enough to give it life.

My hydrangea bushes...

and the very first one...
For this one and the flower I sprayed water on the dried painting to see if the color moved and it did. I like the effect, the slight spreading of overlapped color. I am probably most excited about this one because it lends itself to any hand embroidery, beading, words etc I want to do.

I have a plan how to combine these after they are quilted.
Tomorrow is a studio day so hopefully I'll finish a couple to show at the end of the week. This has been stimulating and a good process for me.
Lessons learned:
a limited palette is fine for blending
color is a fine starting point to a project
dry VS wet technique and how paint moves around
I like abstracted representational art... abstract enough to allow a viewer to decide for themselves what it is, and representational enough to keep me interested in finishing it.


Jasmine said...

Amazing! My favorite is the one with the trees by the water, but they all look great!

Missy Shay said...

What a lot fun, they turned out great!

gayle said...

What fun!
Are you going to play with them at a larger scale, too?
(Is it bad of me that I want to cut up the hydrangeas one and add it to my quilt?)

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,
I can just imagine you enjoying coffee and color while sitting on the porch perch!
Great results! Love how the colors blend with water!
Take care,

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,
I can just imagine you enjoying coffee and color while sitting on the porch perch!
Great results! Love how the colors blend with water!
Take care,

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool stuff! Love the aspen trees. :)

sonja said...

charming! i chuckle cause yesterday i painted fabric for the writing side of some of my floral postcards, now quilted, awaiting the fresh new fabric,lighter but textured, of many dots,finger prints and brush daubs and migration, while out on the deck! Your evaluation out loud is something we do to ourselves ,weighing dis and dat, is how we grow. will be fun to see the composition quilted. love the birches too!

Ruth said...

Great effects - love the trees, reminds me of a blurring technique in photography too!

PaulaB quilts said...

I agree with Jasmine's choice. What you are learning about color is the best thing of all. Years ago in an oil painting class using a limited palette of black, white, yellow ochre and burnt sienna, we had to paint a still life. I realized that to make my silvery pot come alive, I had to add a tiny bit of warmth to the shading. it is the complementary colors that give sparkle, which you saw by adding the yellow.

Michele McLaughlin said...

Wow! I love these, especially the ones with the birch trees! What a clever idea! Loved your post on Monday. How is it you are allowed to take Cole in stores? I would love to shop more with Seamus but Allentown doesn't even have a dog park :(
Anyway, thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Mickie

LA Paylor said...

I think Annapolis is dog friendly because it's a tourist destination, and there are lots of boaters with dogs. LeeAnna

Lisa said...

looks like lots of fun!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

I especially like the trees....my daughter just signed us up for a paint/wine class! WOn't that be fun!

Maria said...

Wow! I love the trees! Awesome work!

Ann said...

What fun you're having with the paint you bought last week. Thanks for sharing these photos.

Kaja said...

It looks like you had lots of fun and I like your results a lot. Nice balance, as you say, between abstract and representational.

Mary in Boulder said...

I love the Adirondaks piece!

Jackie Bouchard said...

Those are great! Especially love the ones with the trees! Fun project!

JanineMarie said...

I've been reading a lot lately about how adults are finding satisfaction and stress relief in the childhood activity of coloring. You've taken it to a whole new level. Beautiful!

Esther Aliu said...

What a great way to experiment and create little paintings, love them!