Some random painting practice in no particular order, trialling different surfaces to see how the paint reacts. Overall, I highly recommend painting on cardboard if you’ve never done it, it’s so much fun!
Old priority mail box I had lying around, no primer applied. I tried to be a little more “blendy” this time around, getting a smoother result using a mix of dry and wet brush applications. Still getting the hang of it. Random spherical subject with no reference, just started painting and let my mind wander.
“Pitcher in Picture (sad pun intended)”. I was mindful not to give into temptation to just paint people, because that’s what I love painting the most. I had a pitcher/jug thing in my room, and since painting still life is not my favourite task, I thought I would give it a quick go. The surface was a box I’d bought ages ago at Spotlight, very rough and absorbent cardboard. Had to use a bit more water to get the paint to move around enough in some places, but I noticed a good potential for blending. Dried very quickly.
Found I still had the box my iPad came in… 2 years ago. Apparently, I’m a bit of a hoarder. Ahem.
I chose a picture I had saved of Billie Holiday – there’s probably a connection with music there, since I primarily listen to music on my iPad, but it’s a thin connection heh. Primarily I just liked the pose and energy in the photo and thought it would be a good practice.
The smooth surface of the box REALLY emphasised all my brush strokes, great for a rougher, lively painting effect – loosening up the style a bit. NEEDS LITTLE TO NO WATER otherwise the paint basically slides around the surface without really sticking. Blending was difficult at first but I found with a dry brush I could get some interesting if rough blending happening.
I’d tweaked my palette a little by this stage, adding a little more red and that yellow ochre to the mix – unfortunately by this stage I was still using up the cheaper paint mix I’d created from days ago. Fortunately, the grey was more neutral now, though hard to tell in the warmer light.
Created a fantastic textured effect using a broad, dry brush coated with white paint, just dragging it in angles over the still-wet darker background. Overall, took a v e r y l o n g t i m e to dry (almost like working with oils), but the tones were very rich and contrasted unlike on some of the duller surfaces.