Pinkland + Spirographs in acrylic

caramel caravel2

Day Two of this painting. Still very much a Work In Progress. And yes, it is very pink, isn’t it? Maybe it should be called “Portuguese Arriving to Sack Electric Ladyland”. I had a lot of fun when I started, which is why so much got done in just two days. But I sort of hit a wall this afternoon, and now I don’t know what to do with it.

As usual, I like parts of what I’ve done…but not the painting as a whole. Not sure what’s bugging me about it, but I suspect the whole painting should be flipped to its mirror image, so that the boat is entering the scene from the left (forget about it, easier to paint a new painting!) Also, I think the sea should be a reddish purple (I thought of Homer’s “wine-dark sea”) and the ship should be something really goofy…not just some dwarf version of a real caravel…

…but god, I am so tired of wrestling with itβ€”it measures 2′ x 3′ and I have been standing in front of it all dayβ€”and I don’t know if I will ever get around to making such big changes. Right now, I can’t LOOK at it any longer, I am so tired of staring at it that it all dissolves into puddles of colorful mud when I try. I think I’ll just turn it to face the wall for a while, and see what I think of it in a week or two.

caramel caravel1

I did learn something new, exciting and funky on this painting: A fine-tipped Posca paint marker (1-MR) will fit in the holes of a Spirograph! This means a lot to me. At last, I can use my Spirograph with more than black drawing pens or ballpoints! I am besotted with Posca pens, anyway, because they are water-based acrylic paint pens, and they draw a rich, opaque line, and they glide over any surface like an oil slick; knowing I can use them to draw Spirographs just means that I love them more than ever.


25 thoughts on “Pinkland + Spirographs in acrylic

  1. The colors are indeed striking… and very good news that Spirograph takes Poscas! Now maybe I will try using that silly contraption that someone gave me years ago which sits in the box still!


  2. I like it as it is. A good point is not to see your work anymore, at least for a day, and then you will watch it with new eyes again. It happened to me when I was writing my BA thesis; you work so much in something that you are tire of it and that makes you watch it negatively or not objectively, but after resting from it you can see things you didn’t notice before and sometimes notice that it was well done.
    Kind greetings,


    1. Thanks! It wasn’t particularly emotional to do, so i think the emotions you’re picking up on are more likely to be your own, in reaction to the work. Glad they’re good emotions! πŸ™‚


  3. Pinkland has got me creating another world again, I think I will have to stop looking at artist’s sites you are too inspiring for me. but gosh, it is beautiful and big. 2’x3′ has me wondering how is your neck and arms?


    1. Wow, I’m flattered (and a little confused) that you were inspired by this! It feels like I started off with something, but lost my way, so I don’t know what you see in it. But thank you! I do stretches in front of the easel, and a lot of the time I have to lay the canvas down on a table and sit )for drawing with pens and stuff like that) so the arms and neck feel pretty okay. I have a beautiful easel, I can slide the painting up and down so that the spot I’m painting is always at a comfortable height. My great art spend last year. πŸ˜‰


  4. Pinkland looks lovely, but maybe more little patterns to refine wouldn’t do any harm. I think its a good idea to let it sit for a while if you are at loss now =)


  5. This is gorgeous! I would swing towards purpler sea also. Love love love the spiro’s!!! Don’t change the ship! Can’t wait to see the result when the muse takes you to tinker with it again πŸ™‚


    1. Yes, I think purple seas are coming. I’ll leave the ship, but it’s getting a flag. πŸ™‚ Thank you for actually thinking about my question for a sec and sending feedback!


  6. I couldn’t help noticing a little similarity with Flora Bowley’s paintings. I like it.
    But why a reference to the Portuguese? Curious….


    1. Oh, dear, really? Flora Bowley? 😦 That’s dreadful. I was actually influenced/inspired by a combination of Meghan Hildebrand (embarassingly, cringingly so, but I love her paintings so much that I just had to get her style out of my system…) and the British painter Fiona Rae. Also Emily Ball, if not in appearance then in the initial mark-making stages. These are my three fave painters at the moment.
      The ship is a caravel, it’s historically a Portuguese design.


      1. Oh my! I hope I did not upset you with the Flora Bowley “comparison” 😦 Hey, your paintings are really cool and whatever you wish to put into them you will, regardless of the inspiration, necessity or whatever.
        Keep up! And indeed: a Caravela is a Portuguese design. πŸ™‚


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