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This is another Anita Lehmann assignment from The Beauty of Composition. Learning to trust composition grid and golden rectangle.

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Who doesn’t love black • white • red in a shared field?

(8″ x 13″ ink on Shizen watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2019 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


More Acrylic Play

Another acrylic experiment here resulting in an altogether different abstract — layers of opaque paint, taped-off areas (later removed), acrylic washes, and a bit of solvent thrown in for fun. Complete lack of control. I had no idea what would result. Pretty wild.

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abstract_IMG_8082(10″ x 22″ acrylic on cradled birch panel)
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Acrylic Play

I’ve been taking acrylic painting classes and experimenting on my own this year. I’m still not comfortable but that’s a good thing — I have no sense of what to do, so anything I do is a really good lesson. How do I begin? Do I like these colors together? Does the paint feel better thin or thick? What if I throw this on it? Or add this line?

Wonderfully, it is all just paint! I’ve overpainted some panels many, many times with no guilt at all for hiding the previous. This abstract, for instance, is about the eighth layer of paint it’s seen. Vastly different from the first lay of colors, it now feels right to me. This one is done.

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(12″ x 12″ acrylic on cradled birch panel)
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A little mini-abstract. Playing with watercolor.

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(2.5 x 3″ watercolor)
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Watercolor Meditations — Second Series

This second series, inspired by the wonderful Carla Sonheim’s 2016: “Y” is for Yellow class, is a study in overlapping three transparent colors. It was a meditative process that appealed to me during my otherwise “quiet” art summer. The results were unexpected and colorful.

Small 5 x 5″ birch panels are the substrate onto which paper watercolor paintings were affixed. Each was finished with three separate layers of protective UV semigloss varnish. I plan to do (at least) 4 more to make a symmetrical block of nine.

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(5 x 5″ watercolor paintings varnished onto cradled birch boards)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Happy Easter

Digital eggs and a bunny who sprang from a blotch of extra paint. Must be Easter.

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(4″ x 5″  digital art using Sketches® by Tayasui)

(4″ x 4″  mixed media acrylic and Micron pen)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Follow Me

Keeping it simple. Dabbling in black and red ink—applied using eyedroppers.

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(10″ x 7″ india ink on plain paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.