Thursday, 3 July 2014

Sandwood Bay on a Moody Day - acrylic impasto landscape

Sandwood Bay+Scottish Highlands+Impasto+Acrylic+Landscape+Nicola McLean
'Sandwood Bay on a Moody Day' - mini canvas 6 x 4 inches

What seems like many moons ago, back when my blog was called PointyPix, I did a series of whimsical illustrations that I called Twisty Towns. I painted about 15, sold about 9 of them and the rest were languishing in my art supply cupboard gathering dust. So, in the interests of make do and mend, and not having any blank mini canvasses left, I decided to up-cycle (i.e. paint over) them.

Now, at the time I'd been enamoured with crackle glaze and had used it willy nilly on all my paintings. Sure it gave a great effect but it turns out that it isn't so easy to paint over. I tried but the paint just seemed to glide off it.  So, I had an idea - I stuck pieces of an old book (Wuthering Heights in case you're interested) onto the canvas with Mod Podge and then I painted over that in Black - et voila, a new blank (black) canvas to start a new mini landscape on.

Anyway, I used a palette knife on this as before but I'm working on several pieces at the same time right now and one of them has been causing me problems. I had a happy accident with that piece when I used a little sponge on a stick dabber thingy, that I'd bought one time on eBay, to try to remove some paint and loved the textured effect it gave. So I used it on this as well. I'm halfway through another landscape at the moment and the sponge is working a treat!

I perused the many wonderful photographs that S has taken of the stunning landscape surrounding us all along the north coast of Scotland and happened upon a lovely atmospheric photo of Sandwood Bay (the most remote beach in Scotland - it's a 4.5 mile walk from the car park to get to the beach but well worth it). The sky was cloudy but sunny at the same time giving it a lovely light. Anyway, this painting is my loose interpretation of S's photo.

Sandwood Bay+Scotland+Steve McLean+SM-Art Photography
Credit where credit's due: Thanks to S for all the lovely reference photos!

Blue skies are of course my preference in 'real life' but for the purposes of landscape paintings I do love a stormy sky - so much more interesting to paint, I think!

18 comments:

  1. Inspiring...I have crackle paste but have yet to use it...thanks :- )

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  2. I love what you have done with this canvas, upcycling it and creating such a great piece of art on it.

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  3. Okayy this is just amazing. I love how you fixed something coming up with ideas that our out of the box. LOL
    This is a beautiful piece.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. :) Big smile Nic at the wuthering heights, Yayyyy for the collage element!!!. I always cover up bits I don't like with bookpapers, collage is very forgiving. I love the free spontaneity this seascape has, and of course the north coast of Scotland is a wonderful inspiration.

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  5. Very nice....have your tried gesso over your old used canvases? Sweet little canvas!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. Wow, you got a terrific effect after all those steps, it really looks great. Hooray for figuring out a solution to the paint problem! Also, I am a big fan of highly technical terms like "stick dabber thingy"!

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  7. the effects of using the palette knife is wonderful-I love it! This is beautiful and Sandlewood Bay looks enchanting.

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  8. Gorgeous rendition! I really love those clouds you made!

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  9. love how you have re-purposed old art into a new work of art!

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  10. Wow - I like that a lot. Love the textured effects you achieved.

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  11. What a fabulous place to paint Nic and you've captured it perfectly.
    It was so interesting hearing all about the process...you're not only talented but cleverly thrifty too.
    A great inspiration ;D

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  12. You got some really great effects. Lots of texture. Very nice Nic. Have a great and safe 4th.

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  13. this one is very nice! i love the texture on the beach...looks like some place i'd love to visit!

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  14. i should try this the next time i clean out my old paintings, great idea, and I love your new painting too!

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  15. I love the texture in the sky! Beautiful painting! And that photo is amazing. Only one word: wow!

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  16. Nic - this is fabulous!! I love how you have up cycled!! I have several old paintings that need to be up cycled too + you have inspired me to let go of them!! xx

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  17. Oooh, your painting is gorgeous as is your husband's photo. Makes me almost want to hike the 4.5 miles to get there. For now I will enjoy your painting of the beach. And yay you for figuring out how to reuse an old canvas.

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  18. I love the "up-cycle" phrase! Wonderful work! Happy PPF!

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