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Pizzazz (Abstract Acrylic Painting)

Pizazz

Pizzazz, abstract acrylic 20″x 24″

Finally the holidays are over and I am ready to begin painting in the new year. Since it is such a busy time of year for me, I have painted three smaller abstracts so far. But in this blog post, I am focusing on explaining my process for painting “Pizzazz.”

Acrylic paint
Pizzazz, paint applied

 

Starting out, I squeezed some random paint in the colors I wished to use for the painting. I chose white, turquoise, ultramarine blue and cadmium red. These were applied roughly in a pattern that I had in mind.

Pizazz acrylic abstract
Pizzazz, first layers

Then I spread the paint around with a large bristle brush, letting them mix and mingle. Using a small cup, I stamped some circles into the wet paint and used a wine cork to apply and/or remove paint from various areas. I placed these circles in a more-or-less cruciform pattern to assure a nice composition. Though I wanted circles to predominate, I felt the painting might become boring if this were the only design. So I decided to use a zig-zag stencil in some areas to provide variety.

Pizazz with stenciling
Pizzazz, with zig-zag stenciling

Though the painting was coming along nicely, I studied it and decided it needed more definition. Lines were added in a geometric pattern across the painting using a palette knife and black and white paint. Some, but not all, of the shapes formed were painted over with a layer of paint mixed in various shades of gray. All colors used in the painting were used to mix these grays. A paper towel was used to remove paint and let the background show through in some of the areas.

Pizazz Closeup
Pizzazz, closeup

In my eyes, it was still not finished. I dipped my small cup into white, blue and light blue acrylic paint and added more circles to the focal area, as well as a few smaller circles made by dipping the wine cork into these same colors. Being satisfied with the results, I considered the painting finished. It reminds me of spunk and determination; therefore, I named it “Pizzazz.”

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Seeds of Joy (Abstract, Acrylic)

Abstract, Acrylic

Seeds of Joy

Since I was feeling a bit blue and stressed, I decided to paint a joyful abstract. I felt it might cheer me up a bit – and cheer me up, it did!

Penny-Bantle_Seeds-of-Joy_First-Wash

Seeds of Joy, First Wash

A quite colorful first wash was put onto the canvas using a large palette knife. I used bright yellows and reds, which always evoke a feeling of happiness within me.

Penny-Bantle_Seeds-of-Joy_In-Progress

Seeds of Joy, In Progress

Next, I began adding some ultramarine blue and used the bottom of a foam egg carton dipped in paint as a stamp. To make it more interesting, I also dipped the egg carton in red paint and added a few more stamps. This added some texture and the egg carton created the circular marks you see. I also used a small round stencil in various areas that may be difficult to see on the large photograph. A closeup photo is included to show these marks, as well as some of the circular marks made by the egg carton.

Seeds of Joy, closeup showing yellow stenciling

Seeds of Joy, closeup showing yellow stenciling

At this point, I assessed the painting and decided it appeared to look as though flowers or grasses were bursting, ready to spread their seeds. Seeds of Joy as a title came to mind, so I let this theme take over. I continued, deciding to add some white to depict the bursting of the seeds as they were being spread into the wind.Penny-Bantle_Seeds-of-Joy_Final-Touchup

At this point, I took a photograph and viewed it on my computer to see if it was finished. I decided that it was. All in all, the process of painting and the resulting joyful abstract changed my emotions from “down in the dumps” to “Seeds of Joy.” I hope it brings some “Seeds of Joy” to you, as well.