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    Monday
    Feb072011

    Love Beads

    "Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries."
    ~ Jack Kerouac

    painting love beads in blues and purples

    11x14" canvas, fluid acrylics, neocolors

    As I was painting this, I was thinking of those psychedelic beads that are hung in place of doors, very retro, 70s-era. My daughter's preschool class created and hung lines of beads vertically in front of their wide windows onto the garden. The sun streaming through the beads was delightful (that was before my camera-toting days). I used all of my blue and purple neocolors, and some random extras.

    About a month ago, I splurged on 10 cotton canvases, a big deal for someone who works on paper! I got the Blick Studio Canvas (cotton canvas, pre-primed for acrylic painting). At this size, they're not expensive. I promised myself that I would not hoard them for the "perfect occasion" or keep them for the "perfect idea" that I'd paint masterfully in my someday studio. Do you do that? I'm happy to report that this is the 6th of the canvases I bought. Next, I'm going to get some larger canvases to see what painting on HUGE(R) CANVAS is like.

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    Reader Comments (9)

    i want these love beads hanging in my doorway! they are fabulous!

    02.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenteraimee

    I really LOVE this one. Glad you splurged.

    02.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrue

    I do hoard the canvas! I have some rather large (for me) canvases sitting. I did break one open, an 18 X 24, that I got stuck on 3/4 of the way through the painting. It's been sitting on my easel for months. I will finish it one day SOON! I really like your love beads!

    02.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

    Your painted love beads on canvas... delightful!
    Thank you for sharing.
    The colors you choose, really complement each other.

    02.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

    Since you mention your camera toting propensity, it brought up a question for me. You have beautiful photography on your flickr site and beautiful art journaling pages both places. Yet I rarely see you combine your photography with your art journaling. Is that something you ever do? By the way, LOVE the colors on the love beads!

    02.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinny

    Good for you to paint on those canvases!!! I think I need a tutorial for that! I hope you hang them up too.....Seriously...You Must.....and grab that Nikon and take a pic or two when you do :D Sorry....I'm quite bossy today !!! LOL!!

    02.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    I'm so happy that your work is going onto canvases, Tammy! Awwwww . . . . as a child of the sixties, I remember those beaded curtains and the glow of the sun on those lovely colored beads!!! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

    Your painting is so pretty! It reminds me of those old windows that were made of circles of glass. I've done that in the past--saved "good" supplies for the "perfect" idea, but then they often lie around somewhere forgotten for a long time, so I've started to use up what I have. I really like seeing your work on canvas!

    02.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenteranika

    It's hard to go from paper to canvas. Suddenly it seems important and what a "real" artist would do. Glad you took the leap! Please tell me it gets easier though as I am working on my first canvas picture!

    02.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTimaree

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