Thursday, February 2, 2012

More Layers

So  this  week  I'm  the  guest  host  over at  The  Butterfly Effect  and  it's  all  about  creating  layers  in  your  artwork.   And  I  explained  in  my  post  that  when  I  was  making  my  original  piece,  I  was  using  a  smaller  canvas  (8 x 8)  for  my  paint  palette  because   I'm  tired  of  wasting  paint  and wanted  to  do  something  with  the  the  paint  that  I  always  have  left  over.   So  every  time  I  was  finished  painting,  I  would  take  the  unused  paint  on  my  "palette"  and  just  play  around  with  it.


........so.....here  was  the  first  layer  of  another  painting....and  I  kept  going  with  it...


.....and  I  kept  adding  so  many  layers  that  I  hated  that  I  lost  count,  but  then  I  started  liking  it...


(wow--it  doesn't  even  look  like  the  original  canvas)....there  were  so many  layers,  that  I  was  able  to  see  the  house  on  the  left  side  that  I  pulled  out  and  if  you  look  at  the  top  right-hand  corner,  you  can  see an  image  of  a  butterfly--which  kind  of  led  me  to  a  butterfly  theme.




details ..
  

there's  only  one  way  to  get  all  of  this depth  and  texture,  and  that's  with  layers.    And  this  one  took  a  while---I  would  leave  it  for  a  day  and  add  some  more  stuff  to  it,  and  I  kept  doing  that  until  I  was  happy....but  it  took  me  a  while  to  get  happy  (I  almost  threw  it  out).....but  I'm  glad  I  didn't   : )

45 comments:

Manon said...

That is looking wonderful I may give it a go when I have little bit more time!

Bren said...

Life and art gets accomplished in layers :-) Great post.

Dorthe said...

Hi Diane, back to blogging again- after some wonderful time with Mathilde.
---WOW ,I could not believe that it was the same canvas you showed here- it is fantastic what you ended up with,dear.
And I love the -- : go on till you like it-
HUGS,Dorthe

Emelie said...

The layers certainly make for a rich looking finish.
This is also something to remember in the task of painting a wall, the new coat of paint will be affected by the last layer. I like this work of yours today a lot, and the reminder to do something else if the first couple layers are not to your liking.

Patience said...

It's lovely! I too hate wasting leftover paint -- sort of OCD about it really, so I often use it for base painting on new canvases...

wanda miller said...

and we are glad you didn't either!! it is so unbelievable that this is what ended up...i love doing this, it's unbelievable every darn tootin' time. i just LOVE LOVE your outcome! and that you share share share all the time! it enthuses, enlightens and inspires us all! xo

Janet Ghio said...

Wonderful--I love to use up my leftover paint in this way!!

Nancy Eaton said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, Diane! I'm sure that this is why your paintings always look so finished, so deep. I love it, and you've inspired me to stop being so impatient and give it a go!

Cathy Bueti said...

Love when things just appear! So cool! I have also been on the verge of tossing a painting in the trash. Glad u kept going with this! It is awesome!

Isabel said...

Loving those layers:O) love the colors too:O)

SimJaTa said...

Wow, thank you again for inspiring a learner.

I have just almost given up on a painting, but now see it may well be worth carrying on.

Lisa D. said...

Such lovely layers!

NatashaMay said...

I was really hoping to see where this one took you. :) Looks fabulous!

Zondra Art said...

Amazing works Diane, I like it!

Greetings.

Kay said...

Diane..love this idea and have been doing the Tracy Bautista class too. I am not into doing glam girls so my pieces are evolving differently. I also clicked onto your guest column..very nice!! I have posted my class work so far on my blog. But I am behind as I all of a sudden have gotten busy with workshops, demos and my first one person show! Yikes

Cindy La Ferle said...

Wow -- Lovely work! I found you on Marlynn's Honeysuckle Breeze, and I know I've seen your work in the Somerset mags ... a goal of mine one day. Three cheers!

Kathy said...

Well I am glad you didn't throw it out, too! I love the way it turned out and need to learn that lesson to just set it aside and come back to it later.
What kind of pen did you use for the doodling? It looks really good and I have trouble with knowing which pen will write on top of which kind of paint.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh how I love this! I am so glad you didn't get rid of it. With all those yummy layers, there is so much to see. Truly inspiring!

Michele said...

Wow to all the layers!! Fabulous!!!! Now I see why your work always looks so dimensional and luminous. :)

Lovely!

Marilyn Rock said...

I always keep, what I call my serendipitous piece, next to me whenever I am creating. I do not like wasting paint and it always allows for a new beginning.

I love your layering and your end result is always beautiful! xxoo

Gloria said...

Wow, fantastic effects Diane. Lots of layers and texture. Just beautiful. thanks for sharing.:)

Kim Mailhot said...

Love all those juciy layers ! And the butterfly...

Happy 2/2/12 !

Joanna said...

What a wonderful piece! I love the colors in the end from all of the layers... Simply amazing work!

Xoxo

Theresa said...

Love it! So awesome seeing all those layers! Must catch up on your blog!

Lesley Edmonds said...

You really inspired me this week Diane. Thank you. I joined in with the butterfly effect. Lots of funn
x

WrightStuff said...

Diane I just adore what you did. Somehow I missed this week's prompt, but as I just lurve layers then I'm going to do something tonight!!

Cameron said...

You can resurrect anything....there is no such thing as you throwing anything out!!
This is a perfect example of why you are the Queen at what you do! Beautiful!

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Absolutely gorgeous, I love layering too. There's no right and wrong, just keep on going until something great emerges ;-) Thanks for sharing!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

You are SO amazing at creating beautiful layers. I am always mesmerized by your work. Congrats on the guest post and happy weekend!

Lesley said...

Hi Diane, I am a new follower. I just found you by searching for art journal how to's and materials to use. Wow I will be back.
Have a super creative weekend.
Lesley ♥

sharon said...

You are the queen of layers Diane, and I learn something new from you all the time!
Just amazing and fabulous!

J. Beaudet said...

I'm sure glad you didn't throw it out! I love the lace with the butterflies and all the layers,layer,layers! So much to devour! Have a wonderful weekend Diane!
Jenniferxx

katrina said...

Hello Diana, what a piece...and so much history to it, beautiful!!

Joyce van der Lely said...

One word: AMAZING !!!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I continue to have a few computer problems, but I'm sure glad I was able to stop by this morning. I was very impressed by the outcome of this piece. Like you, I also save all my paint off my brushes, credit cards, and such, but mine never look as good as yours. I will have to continue adding layers to mine, I guess. I'm extremely impressed.

Gaby Bee said...

Simply perfect! Love the vibrancy, the colors, all the layers, and variety! Looks like you had a good time doing these!

Have a lovely Sunday!
Gaby

Vicki Smith said...

Lovely pieces!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

I've heard of others doing this, using left over paint and I STILL can never remember to do that! Thanks for the inspiration Diane!! I'm going to try so hard to remember to try this, it turned out beautiful!

Kristin said...

I LOVE IT! Those layers DO make for such an interesting, deep piece - I bet I could stare at it for hours. Glad that you didn't ditch it - you pushed through and the result is feminine and gorgeous! xoox

Annie said...

What a great use for the left over paint. It certainly makes for interest. I love the finished piece and so pleased you did not dispose of it before it was complete.

Marlynn said...

7 days and counting..... oh my oh me. We are coming soon upon our day. Love you art work!

Lisa Graham Art said...

That turned out beautiful Diane. I love the way you detail your work! I remember a time when I knew nothing about what layering can to. I would like the way something looked or the way the color was and not continue and my paintings lacked so much depth. I am still learning, but now I know not to get attached to anything in the beginning...to keep going and let the painting "mature".

I really love your work!

Tammie said...

this is a wonderful idea and it turned out beautiful and interesting too.
I also don't like wasting paint. I have been placing the left overs on paper, later covering that with gesso on which i at some time do art on.

Daniele Valois said...

beautiful layers and layers. Lovely lovely as always!!!

Diana said...

Beautiful work! Sometimes I fall in love with my first layer...then it stalls the whole process. Finally, I just let it go and get over it. Great idea tip on how not to waste paint.

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