I started three canvases three weeks ago. I got all excited as I thought I would enter them into a couple of art competitions that I had spotted. I find having a focus like that can be a great way to concentrate the mind. I am somewhat deadline driven after all! But the best laid plans of Mice and Kims go so terribly squiggy at times and I missed both competition deadlines in spectacular form.
I actually finished this piece a day after the deadline had passed. GO Kim! The other two pieces never got off the ground and are still sitting in a state of project beginning-ness. Mainly due to a convergence of commission deadlines, which always take priority.
All I knew when I started this piece was that I wanted to play with using gel medium to add a bit of dimension and texture to the work. I built the texture with Golden Regular gel and a palette knife then added layers of paint over the top once it was dry.
The tree came along nearer to the end. A few layers in, I realised that what I wanted was some sort of focal point and a tree felt right even if there is a lot a blue and not so much green. Although the Quinacridone Gold wash over the top does give it a slight green tinge in places and a slightly aged look that I don’t think has been entirely captured in the photographs unfortunately.
I may have missed the competition deadline but I still like the resultant canvas with all its texture and it was a great learning process too.
Are you, like me, very deadline driven? Do you need a deadline to focus your mind? Or can you be productive without one?
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Love the canvas! I can always work better without a deadline, no stress! Hugs, Valerie
Thanks Valerie! You are so right! It nice to have no deadline and no stress! I wish I could do that like you but I think I need the stress to make sure I do the work LOL! Kx
I like it too. A lot! 😉 x
Thank you 🙂 I'm glad you like the canvas! Kx
I love your canvas! Gorgeous! Deadlines are good for me although I will push it off and off until the 11th hour! Seems to work – I often wonder if I would be as creative if I worked ahead of the game sometimes. LOL
Thanks Carisa. I am exactly the same, I put it off as well and then that last minute adrenaline rush seems to push the work out of me LOL! Kx
Love this canvas ! Fantastic !
Thanks Corrie, I'm glad you like the canvas! Kx
Love the canvas Kim.
Deadlines do work for me but they also stress me out – as a result, I don't always enjoy what I'm doing if the deadline is too tight.
Thanks Toni. Yes, same here. I need the deadline but it so stresses me out that after it is passed I'm too drained to work on the next thing! There has to be a balance but it never seems to happen! Kx
Very nice texture!
Beautiful sweetie love the colours too hugs Pops x
Thanks Pops. Glad you got the pencil info 🙂 Kx
Thank you for the info on pencils you are a star x