I finished this painting last week – some of you might have seen it in some of my Facebook Live Videos. The painting captures the iconic Flatiron building in New York City, located in the wedge created by the intersection of Fifth Ave and Broadway. I am always fascinated by the Flatiron building and it’s story.
Although it has stood strong at this busy intersection for over a century, the world around it is always in constant flux. The city weeds out the weak, and businesses and people who may once call it Home may find themselves bidding it Farewell another day.
The bold colors represent the energy of the city and the sweeping lines suggest a place where nothing stays still for long. Yet the Flatiron remains, a focal point of stability in a very busy place.
The original “Farewell Painting” is up for sale now in the store. Maybe it will find a new home :) Acrylic paint, acrylic ink, spray paint, and pencil on 12”x16” canvas.
I painted two pairs of plain white sneakers a couple weeks ago with basically the same colors but different designs.
I removed the shoe laces and taped off the rims of the soles and then started painting. I used acrylic paint and ink and I dipped the brush instead of into water into Flow Aid between every paint application.
The Flow Aid serves two purposes, it makes the acrylic paints react more like watercolor and it also keeps the canvas of the shoes soft.
Since the are painted with acrylic paint, the paint is permanent, so there is no further step for setting the paint needed. It was easy to paint on the shoes- and I have to say the Keds fabric was also nice because the paint didn’t bleed crazily and I felt I was in control (and no I am not affiliated with Keds nor did they sponsor this post :) )
For the second pair I used the same colors but since they are a different design, I chose a different flower design as well.
I personally like the second pair better, while Kim likes the first pair better, and so those shall be hers when I get them back (they were for an assignement) :)
It was actually less difficult when I thought it would be – I was a bit intimidated starting to paint on those pristine white sneakers but then I just kept on going. I figured worse case scenario I will paint them over with a really dark color and stencil white on them- LOL. Which pair of spring sneakers do you like better, the first one or the second one?
Sometimes everything is up in the air …but you gotta just keep on going …
I mixed up stamping the patterned and solid sides of my Midtown Foam Stamp Set buildings with some Stroll Through The Hood buildings and hand painted buildings. I used various acrylic paint colors to stamp with the foam stamps and pain the buildings.
I painted over some area with a light gesso wash which helped making the fine lined stamps show better
I like how this came together and it is fun to use the Midtown Set from both sides- so many possibilities.
Besides acrylic paint , I used the following supplies for this spread:
“She wished she could go back to her younger self and tell her “It’s ok, to be weird, you’ll be fine” ”
This was a demo page from a class and I blocked in some color here and there and stamped with my new Exchange Place ArtFoamies Stamp. I added some stenciling with translucent acrylic paints using my Versailles Stencils – love how this turned out. I added some stamping with my Embroidery stamps to add some more even mark making using different colors of Archival Ink Pads- love those.
I painted the lady with acrylic paints neopastels and used some of the neopastels also here and there on the spread and scratched some writing into it.
I like how the lines of the Exchange Place Stamp and the floral Versailles Stencil work together.
“Chase your stars fool, life is short” – I toned down this very bright red, orange and yellow acrylicpaint-ed background with some gesso and added some stenciling in yellow on top using my Batik Stencil.