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.
I’ve been away from social media for almost 2whole weeks! It was lovely, we went away on holiday to north wales which was amazing. I’ve had a little break from art and social media. Not that I haven’t been doing any art, just that I haven’t been bothered to photo it. I guess if it’s not on social media it never happened…. right?
The only pic I took with my phone while away in north wales. What a little beauty! I love the colours, they way he’s gripping the reeds, they seem to just float peacefully. Even with several stinky humans pressing there fat faces on the glass.
I’m working on a couple of commission pieces, which I’ll be able to show you after Christmas. To say they have challenged me would be a massive understatement! I still struggle with people!
I can show you a few other works in progress though. Some chipmunk coasters I am working on.
Yes, I have used a stencil with these ones. It’s hard enough trying to get them all in the right position. Do I feel like a cheat. Hell no. You know why? Because I still have to hand paint each little dude individually. I need to place the leaves by hand. This just makes it easier for me to do these little beauties justice. Do I care what anyone else thinks? Nope.
I love purple, and gold, and Christmas. For our Christmas tree we have mostly purple and gold baubles and tinsel, and I bought this little beauty from Katie and K8tieSparkles on Etsy. I can not wait to put it on my tree!
I have also created a “Colour your own” Christmas card this year. My kids are loving it.
Marcus Age 5
Isabelle Age 8
Check them out in my Etsy shop.
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See you all next week,
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,
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.
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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!
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.
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!
This weeks art work to remember is Wattle. One of the first fairies I ever painted. It seems so long ago now.
This acrylic painting was one of the first fairies I painted and is a part of my Fantasy Collection. To view rest of the fantasy collection go to this link: https://chrissyturleyartist.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-fantasy-art-collection/
You can also get many of my works on clothes, phones cases, diaries and all sorts of other cool designs!!
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Here you will find all of my Fantasy Art and links to where you can buy prints, originals and merchandise! I will be constantly adding each of my collection so please keep visiting to check out my latest pieces!!!
You can find Original pieces in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist for prints and all other merchandise go to my redbubble site https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley
The first fairies I painted! Wattle and rose!
Another fairy. This one looks particularly awesome on a phone case! You can find it here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley
My dragon is next. This little guy looks amazing on a shirt!
And lastly my house by the river.
So that is my fantasy collection of art work. Thank you for reading and supporting my art works!
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This week the topic is my favourite tools! Learn about what paint brushes, pencils, markers, water colour pencils and ball point pens I love and why!
It’s really hard to find an ethical paint brush when you’re vegetarian. I don’t use any that are made from animal hair. This is something that is really important to me! I only use synthetic brushes. It’s hard to get a ‘rough’ look to your paint with synthetic brushes. So what I do is mess a couple up by scrubbing them hard into the canvas board or tissue paper. It messes the bristles up and you can get a much more natural effect for things like trees.
Spectrum Noir Markers
Alcohol Markers are becoming far more popular. They give a great deal of colour saturation with very little effort. They are especially good for fantasy art and animae drawings. Blending can be really difficult when you’re starting out with them. Paper plays an important role with alcohol Markers.
This is the sketching set I’m using at the moment. They are fairly good, but next time I’ll be purchasing something that’s a little better quality. I find there isn’t a lot of difference between the hard leads and the softer pencils. This sometimes can make shading very difficult.
The below picture is of a print drawn in watercolour pencils. You can lay a lot of colour down to make things very rich and vibrant, or use a very light pressure and just add a wash of colour. The background in my dragon picture has a light blue wash.
Ball Point Pens or Line Markers
I like to outline water colour pencil and graphite pencil sketches with these on occasion. I also like to sketch little designs with them. They come in handy to create really dark lines and the different sizes of the line markers are perfect for shading I pen.
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