Abstract art – my latest pieces

I have been working on some really awesome pieces of abstract work this year so far.

I’m obsessed with certain colours and trying new techniques. Creating new textures is what aiming for. Different shapes and trying to make each piece visually stimulating and provocative.

They are all acrylic paint on canvas and are roughly the same size.

“Blood in the Water”

“Poison in the Water”

“Pieces of Us”

Each piece has been created with nature and our planet in mind. Drips of red and cream to signal blood and human tissue decaying and destroying the water. Gold is the perfect colour to make our deeds seem pure and good.

Yes, it is meant to upset people. I want you to think about these things.

Floral paintings

I’ve really been getting into the floral paintings over the last few months. I have done some water colours that I’ll show you next week. I’ve also done several sketches for my colouring book.

To check out more of my work go to my Facebook or Instagram feeds to see some work in process pics.

Here are some of my recent acrylics paintings on canvas board.

I really love sun flowers and so does my step mum. I painted these for her when she came over to the uk earlier this year.

Poppies are just beautiful and stunningly bright! These ones are already sold.

Lilies are my favourite flowers and I absolutely love this little one. The most realistic I’ve managed to paint so far.

And the last of my acrylic flowers for now, my yellow roses. I will have to revisit these ones as I’m not 100% happy with them.

Thanks for looking at my work,

Chrissy xx

Obsession – Abstract Art

Obsession uses my all time favourite colours. Aptly named, I have an obsession with the colour purple. I like to have some drama in my paintings, the more contrast and texture the better.

Starting off with some basic colours and soft blends. I love to blend the paint together on my canvas, mixing the different colours by adding different amounts of each colour.

Adding more depth of colour and changing shapes where I think I need to. Nearly finished, I have to just add some more texture with the palette knife and I’m all done! I’m using packing tape to hold my canvas sheet to my board. It’s a really handy tool as it will give me a lovely little border around the edge of my sheet.

If you fancy popping over to see my next piece in progress, I have progress pictures available on my Facebook and Instagram accounts.

If you’re ready to purchase one of my paintings please pop over to my Etsy store.

Cheers guys,

Chrissy xx

Eternal – Abstract Art

My latest piece Eternal, I think, is one of my best abstract pieces. I loved creating it so much. It brought joy to my day, even if it started out terrible. Now that I have finished it, I don’t feel sad that it’s over. I feel excited. Excited to put it out into the world. No matter what anyone’s reaction is. I’m endlessly proud of my work and it’s the closest to perfect I’ve managed to obtain this far in my new found love and appreciation for abstract art.

Above: The first stages of creating Eternal.

Most people see an abstract piece and think “well that must have taken all of 2 seconds to slap the paint on.” But let me tell you, Abstract art, a good piece takes hours. It takes mastery of techniques that most people don’t think of as techniques at all. When the only map or blueprint you have is in your head it is incredibly difficult to transfer that on to a canvas. It also takes a skill that I’ve been finding the hardest to master so far and its probably the most important……. knowing when to stop.

In the picture above I am introducing some deeper colours and shapes with green, blue and purple. I love soft blends and cloud like shapes. I love adding the deeper colours to give the piece more drama.

The texture of paint is what I love, using paint brushes and palette knives to create depth and interest in the piece is something that is new to me. I am really loving learning about how the palette knives work and the interesting shapes you can make using them.

Above: Eternal – the finished piece.

With my new found fascination for soft blends and dramatic depth of colour I think I will be creating many more pieces similar to this one.

If you would like to follow me on my art journey come and follow my Instagram or Facebook pages. Want to own one of my pieces? That’s easy, go to my Etsy store to check out what’s available!

Cheers,

Chrissy xx

One year Anniversary – where on earth has the time gone?u

I have now been an Artist for just over a year. I am shocked at how far I’ve come in one short year. I’ve made so much progress and I’ve been able to address some of my confidence issues.

Above is one of my very first sketches……. 🙈🙈

As an artist you are forever being judged. So many people think you don’t actually “work” and that it must be easy to throw some paint on a canvas. There will always be someone sniggering behind your back, sometimes even to your face. But you know what the best thing I’ve learnt this year is? Is not to care or listen to the armchair critics. The quicker you learn to ignore the ‘know-it-alls’ the better off you are going to be.

Above is a short video a start of a puffin sketch. It turned out really nice. It just shows a little bit of effort every day over time is totally worth it.

I have enjoyed so much about the last year. I’ve loved that many people love my art and that lots of my pieces (prints and originals) are making lots of people happy. I’ve loved learning new skills and learning how to perfect certain techniques. I’ve even enjoyed finding myself lost and not sure how to move a piece forward. I have also enjoyed being able to put those pieces down, move to something new and then coming back to the old piece and knowing exactly where to go.

Learning that I don’t have to force myself to be creative and enjoying the fact that some of my better pieces were created when I threw the rule book out the window.

I learnt to TRUST myself. Trust that I am actually good at this. It’s wonderful that after many years, several different jobs and career choices that I have finally found something I love. And yet I still have SO much farther to go. The road may seem never ending, but holy moly I am going to enjoy strolling off down the winding dirt path with the fairies.

Keep up with my progress and all my new pieces for this next year by following me on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to see what original pieces and prints I have on sale at the moment check out my Etsy Store or my Redbubble Site.

Winter scene of a River and Cabin

As you can tell by now I love water, I love painting cabins and landscapes with stormy skies. They are my absolute favourite things to paint. The reference picture I loosely based this one on is from pixabay.com.

(First layers of colour)

I loved the colours in this particular painting are very calming. My favourite combinations to use at the moment are yellow ochre, blue and greens. Again I decided to put a stormy sky in there as well.

(Determining the composition of the painting)

Here I am starting to add more layers and details into the painting. Figuring out where points of interest are going to be is probably the hardest part of painting. Once you know where all the objects sit you can start adding shadows and highlights and details to the painting. By adding details such as highlights and shadows this gives the painting depth and interest. The reflections on the water really make it seem as though it’s real.

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Xxx

River through the mountains

Here is my first ever painting done with a palette knife. A river running through the mountains to the ocean.

I love the flow and peace that this painting seems to give. Although the river is clearly forcing its way to the ocean, the flow of water makes me feel calm and relaxed. This is the first piece of a series of paintings featuring rivers, the ocean and mountains. I’m surrounded by mountains here where I live so it’s not hard to find plenty of inspiration.

The first stage of this painting. I blocked in the background colours with a fat brush. I very much limited the amount of colours I used for this painting. I wanted to challenge myself to create a piece with depth using limited tools. I had 1 brush and one palette knife, red, blue, yellow, black and white. My favourite kinds of skies to create are definitely stormy skies. I like my paintings to have lots of drama in them. The acrylic paint I have used is Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint.

Next week I’ll be publishing another river painting I have created this year. To keep up to date with my current work please pop over to my social media pages.

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Charity Art Auction

I’m holding a charity art auction in aid of the RSPCA and the RSPB.  Please pop along and visit my Facebook page for all the details! These Charities are very dear to my heart. I love animals and I think it’s important to protect our wildlife, as well as protecting the domestic animals. 


I will have many pieces of my Art available to bid one. There will be graphite sketches and acrylic paintings. Most will be of animals but there will be one or two pieces that will be Portraits or landscapes. 


Bidding will start on the 16th of July and go until the 30th of July. Please come and support a good cause! 

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Cheers,

Chrissy

Work created this week 25/6 – 01/07

This week I started with the blog post about how I created the graphite drawing of The Lion. This first lion sketch allowed me to roll on to my next lion watercolour piece. Which I named Marcus’ Lion. It was made for my son who is so quiet but ever so sweet. To check out The Lion click here and to have a look at Marcus’ Lion follow this link https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/524322682/marcus-lion

I also started and finished an Acrylic painting of some Calla Lillies. I love calla lillies and I had this idea in my mind for a long time. It felt fantastic to start it. Keep an eye out for how I created that Lilly painting from concept to reality in the next couple of weeks. 

I finished off a family Portrait and posted it off to its new home. This portrait took me a really long time and it’s my very first family Portrait for someone else. A step by step guide to how I created this piece will be available shortly, so keep an eye out for it. I’ve been super busy this week with finishing off all of my current projects. 


I decided to make teachers gifts, as opposed to buying them. My 2 kids have 8 between them! So I started by making the gift tags that will go on a framed print of mine. I hope they enjoy their gifts!!!

And lastly this week I created a graphite sketch of a red squirrel. I love squirrels, they are one of my favourite animals. 


To check out my squirrel, and all my other pieces in full view, get to my etsy and redbubble stores for Originals, prints and other merchandise. 

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

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Join me on my Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date with all my art work.

Cheers

Chrissy xxx

Paper or Canvas – that is the question! 

I often get asked is Canvas or Paper better to paint/draw on. The answer is simple…….. it depends on what you want to draw or paint! There are so many options and there are so many things you need to consider. I’m going to show you what I use and how I use it to help you make a good decision for yourself.

Sketching/Drawing

For practice drawing and sketching you want to have a smooth paper. So a hot pressed paper that isn’t too thick. Anything up to 120gsm is pretty good. The thickness of the paper will still give you a quality feel to your sketch and the hot press will give you a smooth finish. The smoother the paper, the cleaner your lines will be which will give you a more realistic look.

My current art journal is less than 100gsm and is not suitable for anything other than sketching. Below is a picture of an Orca that I drew in my journal. If you try to use other medias (paint of watercolour) on this type of paper it will wrinkle and curl. It damages the paper and if you do that, there’s no saving it.

Mixed Media Paper 250 gsm +

The below sketch is a graphite on 250gsm mixed media paper. This paper is meant to handle Acrylic paint well, but water colour is a bit of a stretch. I love it to print my prints on to beacause it has a bit of texture just like a canvas and it gives the print a really good quality look and feel.


The above picture is a print of my original Acrylic painting printed on to 250gsm paper.

Cold Pressed Cotton Paper

A cold press paper is rough, it has what is called ‘tooth’. It is ideal if you like that bumpy, textured feel and look to your painting. I personally don’t like to draw on this type of paper. I love to paint on it! I use a 300gsm cold press cotton paper with my acrylics. You get a matte finish with the textured finish of a canvas. The cotton paper is actually made for water colour paint because it can handle the wet application without creasing and folding. I don’t have watercolours so I use my acrylic on it and it performs beautifully.


Both Rose and Wattle have been painted on this cold press cotton paper. As you can see, it performs wonderfully!

Stretched Canvas

There are several types of canvas you can get. The main types are stretched canvas, canvas board and canvas paper. Of these three I haven’t used the canvas paper but it is on my rather long list of things to try. I prefer to use a stretched canvas. I like the bounce back it gives you. Both types of canvas have a tooth (bumpy texture) that I love! The stretched canvas you don’t frame but hang as is.

Above is an acrylic Painting is on a stretched canvas of Saundersfoot Beach. This is my favourite material to paint on.

Canvas Board

For my original painting of my Light house I did it on a canvas board. As you can see from the below picture that it performs much like a stretched canvas. It has a tooth, although not as deep. It is an easy and cheaper way to start painting. They come in all sorts of sizes and packs. You can frame them easily too.


To see all of my work that is for sale, go to me etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

If you have any questions message me or follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30 and find me on Facebook www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist where I will have live drawing and painting demos every week. I also have 2 competitions currently running on both pages.

I hope you liked my tips for how to choose the right material to paint or draw on. Come back next week for more!

Cheers

Chrissy xxxx