Monday, 15 September 2014

The Merry Dancers - a work in progress

'The Merry Dancers - Work In Progress

Once upon a time, when we moved into our first house together back in N.Ireland, S had painted an abstract painting on a really long canvas to hang in the kitchen. This was back in the day when, I'm ashamed to say, I had to have everything in each room all matchy matchy and colour coordinated. We painted abstracts for each room using shades of the actual house paint that we'd decorated the rooms in - how very 90s of us (even though this was in 2006!!)Anyway, when we redecorated the kitchen a couple of years later, I held on to the canvas in case I ever decided to re-use it.

So, a few weeks ago I was having a hoke around in my art supply cupboard and noticed the same canvas hanging around at the back. I decided to carry on with the upcycling canvas theme and brought it out to try my hand at my first ever very large landscape. I wanted to do a painting of the Northern Lights as S had taken some great shots when we had the amazing display earlier this year. I only had a tiny tube of hot pink paint and that quickly ran out so I had to relegate the barely started painting to the garage while I ordered some more from Amazon.

I sort of put it on the back burner then while I got on with other stuff but this weekend, I happened to walk past it in the garage and got struck with the urge to do some more work on it.

I set it up on a standing easel and I discovered that an unexpected advantage to painting standing up is that I can dance round the sun room to the eclectic mix of music on my iPod while I paint - I even kept my phone in my pocket so my pedometer app could count my steps from the table where the paint was to the canvas and back again!!

This is just a sneaky peek of where I'm at with it so far. It's a bit of a mixture between acrylic modelling paste to give the beach and land mass some dimension and then impasto acrylic applied with a palette knife and textured with my sponge dabbers - I even got the big ones out for this piece!

I'll be starting another pet portrait this week so this may take some time to finish in between other things but it doesn't matter as this is a personal project - we're finally in the process of redecorating the living room of the cottage (it's been the same since we moved in) and as I no longer believe that art has to match the sofa this will be taking up residence above the fireplace (if it turns out okay, that is!)


  1. It is going to be great to see what it becomes... And I like the idea of layers of work beneath other work... It is like the secret lives of paintings...

  2. You can totally rock PINK! You, my friend, are a rock star! Bring on those Northern Lights!!!

  3. oooh how I love a sentimental story to a piece and how you are revising and layering another story to it!!

  4. You're really getting your teeth in to these landscapes and the fact that you are enjoying it so much really shows! I've never seen those sponge dabber thingies before... Anyway, yes this looks fantastic - really vibrant! Loving that hot pink :0)

  5. oohhhaahhhhh, i like it already! in your progress shots, you have to include a snippet of your dancing, just for fun;-)

  6. I really need to try out those sponge dabbers. Love the texture! And that colourcombination is awesome. Gorgeous shade of pink ....

  7. Oh, this looks great! Wonderful bright colors. :)

  8. I laughed as I pictured you dancing around your studio while painting. Sounds like great fun! I like your painting so far and look forward to seeing a picture of it completed and above your sofa.


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