Thursday, January 28, 2010


A few weeks ago I jumped back into painting and signed up for another painting course.

I like to paint with acrylics and I'm currently taking a painting course from Alesha Davies Fowlie - she's great! I've taken a few painting courses over my many years but I've learned so much from her in such a short span of time it's insane and, most importantly, it's been a lot FUN!

This week's assignment was to bring in a 'shit painting' or a canvas you're about ready to chuck in the bin 'so that we can make abstract masterpieces from them.'

'Yeah, right,' I thought and decided to make it challenging and take to the course something uber-ugly; a canvas that I've been using to get rid of excess paint from brushes:

Ain't it pretty?

But after two hours of playing with a t-square, bits of rice paper and various acrylic paints, mediums and gels, I ended up with this:

I realise it might not be to everyone's taste but I fucking love it!

It was so fun to do and difference from 'shit painting' to something expressive and, imo, visually interesting is amazing to me.

I just need to paint the side bits of the canvas and sign it. Oh and give it a name. Any suggestions?


  1. I like that. I love the colour, the blueness of it. into the blue?

  2. Me likey "Blues Banished"!

  3. Absolutely stunning! "Looking Out"
    Keep up the good work.

  4. I like it too - and I have paid good money for similar canvasses (?sp)!!

    "Blue Soul"

  5. Thanks y'all. Good name ideas! :-)

    Hey, you're in luck, Ann! The painting is 'on sale' for only 22,000 bucks with the bloggers discount! ;-)

  6. Is this an online auction?...
    Call it...
    'Beneath every abstract masterpiece is a shit painting screaming to get out'

  7. "Hey, you're in luck, Ann! The painting is 'on sale' for only 22,000 bucks with the bloggers discount! ;-) "

    Bargain!!! I think I'd need a pair though - I have big wall to fill - can you create such wondrous brushstrokes a second time? 50,000 for both - I won't go any higher!

  8. I like your art work, how about calling it Calm out of Chaos. Now that I'm a millionaire courtesy of Neil Tasker I can afford to offer 750,000.

  9. That is awesome =) I love creating something amazing out of nothing. Keep creating =)

  10. Wow freaking AMAZING!!! I love it!!!!!!

  11. I love that! How wonderful what a little time and a change of perspective can do for creative work.