Tuesday, February 14, 2017

8 Ways to Turn a Canvas Into an Abstract Masterpiece

Happy Valentine's Day!!

My newest post is up on the Craftsy Art Blog.  I've got a few ideas on how to paint abstractly on canvas, and yes, I did use my abstract watercolors on canvas for this post!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Photos of the Week

Last week my little family took a spur-of-the-moment trip to southern California! I about died from all the green there! 

Every time I visit this part of the country I wonder why I live in the desert instead of on the coast, then we hit traffic and I remember why. It's awesome to visit, but we're happier in a smaller town for normal life.

yucca plant


corona del mar, california beach

This trip had it's fun parts and it's sad parts.  We went to visit my husband's grandmother who will not be with us much longer.  We were so grateful for the chance to see her one more time and to make some more fun memories.  She is the closest thing to a grandmother I have left on this earth so I will be so sad to see her go.  She is a giving and sweet person.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Abstract Watercolors on Canvas

I've been having all sorts of fun in my art room! Watercolor paints on canvas is the funnest thing I've tried this year..... by far! 


abstract watercolor cactus paintings by Elise Engh

I had a hankering to create some therapeutic abstract art so I pulled out some old canvases I had in my art closet and layered some fresh gesso on top.  After the canvases were dry I worked up some heavy watercolors and painted them right on the canvas. So fun! I should have done this years ago!

The watercolors act so differently on a canvas than on paper.  They don't absorb nearly as well, but that makes them all the more fun and interesting! The run and mix and eventually soak in a little.  You have to be patient and you have to use more paint than you would on paper.

If the runny nature of a regular primed canvas really bugs you, you can apply a watercolor ground before hand. That was a helpful suggestion from one of my instagram followers.  I've never tried watercolor ground, but it's on my list now!

abstract watercolor paintings by Elise Engh

I did a little experimentation with clear glue and salt along with the watercolors.  That was a fun one! I felt like a kid again and I loved it!

And then I had to try the spray painting technique too- the more ways you can find to get paint on your canvas, the better.

abstract watercolor paintings by Elise Engh

The last piece I tried was a larger palm leaf pattern, again with watercolors on canvas. More photos of that one to come! 

watercolor palm leaf and cactus paintings by Elise Engh

Do you like abstract painting?

I find it a welcome break from the routine.  I find it liberating! I could experiment with all kinds of art mediums all day long and never get tired of it. I'm always excited to see what will happen when I use materials in a different way or combine things I've never combined before.  I know I'm a bit of an art nerd, gushing about all of this here, but it's my passion and I hope I never lose that.

DCMA

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