by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the soul...art is communication...it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We're Moving!...well, not quite!!


     Well, the story starts about 10 years ago when we had this house built…and we picked out the prettiest vinyl (tile is too cold and hard on the body…and we didn’t want wood for some forgotten reason?!) which was installed before we moved in…it looked beautiful…like leather on the floor…in short, we loved it…but over the years, something strange started happening… throughout the house the seams began curling up, sometimes so awful that it was a real tripping hazard…well, we finally decided we HAD to do something about it!!  So next week is the week we will do that thing that we have been putting off for years…we’re going to have the vinyl replaced!  Eeeeeeeeeeeeeekkk!!

     What a job!  It’s going to be like moving!!!!   We are going to have to clear out EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!  Knick knacks, books, furniture, bookcases that are secured to the walls, a computer, etc. etc… and… all of my stuff from my studio!!!!!  (double eeeeeeeeeeekkkk!!)

     Thank goodness we are not replacing the carpeting in the bedrooms…that is one place we can stash stuff for a few days…and , of course, the garage…what would we do without our garages??!!!  We have already started moving stuff…with help from our kids!    But WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE EVERYTHING that is not in the bedrooms!!!!!  OMG!!!!!!  …it’s probably my studio which is most intimidating!!!!

     Well, there’s a silver lining to every mammoth cloud…I guess I can say that this event has prompted us to take care of a few extra projects around the house that needed doing, such as replacing the front porch light which was being used by the cutest little bird as his very own messy little penthouse!  …which of course caused him to leave calling cards all over the porch, but especially on the mat that  says “welcome to our happy home”!  …don’t worry about the bird…he still has the electronic thermometer, which he loves to perch on…’cept I don’t love the calling cards!!  We also would like to get the inside walls painted after the floor is laid…I hope we can find a painter quickly!

     Well, I’ll be lurking around here, probably on my tablet a lot while they do the floors…and otherwise wondering what I can do with my time!…can’t do any art then!!  I'll figure it out!  In the meantime, here are a few pics of my latest earrings…bohemian blue!! 

     You can see a selection of my earrings down at…

Sumner & Dene Art Gallery in Albuquerque…
517 Central Ave NW…
or thru' me...if I survive!!


 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

PLAYING WITH OIL PAINT STICK AND ACRYLIC POURS!

Ok…ok…I know it’s been a while since I have posted any artwork!  The work I am doing now is just for fun!  I am experimenting with mediums, colors, techniques…even using oil and acrylic like you’re not supposed to…I don’t know why, but for some reason I break rules when I am painting…I am such a good little girl otherwise, I swear!!  But when I paint, just tell me not to do something…and I am going to do exactly that (whatever THAT is!) next! 
So, it is common knowledge that you can paint with oil on top of acrylic…painting with an oil-based paint on top of a water-based paint is possible…but painting with an acrylic (water-based) paint on top of an oil-based paint is vervoten…forbidden…well, impossible…the water-based paint (could be watercolor also) will bead up on top of the oil paint…so, of course, I had to try it out in my own way this last week…
First of all, I was experimenting with “flow”…or some may call it a “pour”…acrylic paint used with a “pour medium”, which extends the “flow” of the paint across a piece of paper or a canvas…of course, just the idea of using watercolor techniques across a canvas instead of paper (canvas has all of those little holes caused by the weave that the paint tends to fill up)…well, let’s just say that canvas has some problems when using watercolor techniques on it, but I love the outcome so I do it anyway!  …but then try to make paint flow across a whole bunch of teeny holes, each one catching its own little share of precious pigments with the fluid its suspended in….well, it’s not easy to get that “flow” flowin’!!!  …but these images show the results…




I love the soft appearance of the “flow”!  Colors mingle with others forming  new ones…in this case, blue and yellow come together to make green…  when doing a “pour” with transparent colors such as the ones I have used, the paints almost seem to glow…they’re alive!…they reach out and grab you by the collar and demand you enjoy the almost gem-like brilliance…of course, I used a couple of opaque colors also…the purplish color and the turquoise…they also add to the mix.
I did the pour in the middle of the canvas…then I used a white oil paint stick along the sides of the pour, fingerpainting it on so that it would be soft also…I think you can see the white paint from the oil paint stick fairly well… it did definitely make the acrylic paint which I put on top of the oil stick bead up…so I just painted around it with the acrylic paint…and wiped up the beads of paint that appeared…


I love complimentary colors on the color wheel, so I added some pours of different colors of yellow to offset the blues I used…I wanted another punch of color so I added the orchid color…on the color wheel yellow is opposite purple, so they are “complimentary”…and orange is opposite blue, so they are “complimentary”…
BTW, Pantone(a paint co. that makes paints for walls)  has proclaimed “Radiant Orchid” to be “color of the year”!  …that’s the color of purple I used in this painting…although I mixed it with my own paints…


Well, it has been fun to play with the light molding paste, which I also used in this painting…also the flow medium, the oil paint stick, the different colors, different techniques…I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the results of my experimentation!  Thanks for visiting!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014