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Day 156/365: Painting archives [20180605|21:30]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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When I did that meme in yesterday's post, it came to my attention that whatever LJ did to the Scrapbook some time ago completely messed up the links embedded in my old posts containing photos of my paintings.

I've managed to retrieve some of the photos and popped them in an album on Flickr so I have a record of them. This made me recall that a fair few of them are now in the possession of friends, some of them thousands of miles away, and thus I become even more annoyed with LJ for "disappearing" a random assortment of the high-res versions.

This is titled "Home" and is drawn from my memories of the Big Island (Hawai'i), which I visited from Oahu as a child. It's the first one I did after moving to London. Hangs above the stairwell in our house.

I used to love sitting on the beach and combing through small sections of sand looking for tiny, perfect shells. This painting lives in London.

"California". You know, when you fly in from the east, over the desert. This triptych lives in Los Angeles.

Closeup of side panel.

Closeup of middle panel.

Closeup of side panel.

"Shattered City". This lives in a box under the bed. :/

"Atoll, Island, Beach, Rock Pool." I had originally planned for this to be six pieces, each at a different scale, but they took so very long that I only ended up making four. They're tiny, too; 6"x6" canvases. They were only ever meant to be a study for bigger versions. These hang on the walls of our house.

Closeup of "Atoll".

Closeup of "Island".

Closeup of "Beach". This one is my favourite.

Closeup of "Rock Pool".

"City Lights". This triptych lives in San Francisco.

"Bones 1". This triptych lives in Florida (I think; I haven't heard from its possessor in a while).

"Bones 2".

"Norfolk". This pair hangs on our bedroom walls.

Closeup of one side.

Closeup of the other side.

If I gave this a title, I can't remember it. This painting lives in New Zealand.

Closeup of the texture. I really liked the effect of the metallic wash.

I should very much like to get back into painting, as all of these were executed well before the children were born.

This entry was originally posted at https://nanila.dreamwidth.org/1160612.html. The titration count is at comment count unavailable.0 pKa.

[User Picture]From: land_girl
2018-06-05 21:01 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-06 19:22 (UTC)
Aw, thank you. I'm honoured by the capslock!
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[User Picture]From: lindahoyland
2018-06-05 23:22 (UTC)
I love your use of colour and texture.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-06 19:23 (UTC)
Thank you. Those are my favourite parts of painting!
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[User Picture]From: sight
2018-06-05 23:24 (UTC)
Wow! These are way great! You definitely should go back into painting!!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-06 19:23 (UTC)
Aw, thank you! Now that the kids are older, I think I'll set up my easel again, and ferret out my acrylics.
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[User Picture]From: hamsterwoman
2018-06-06 00:00 (UTC)
Oh wow, these are amazing!

How did you do the 3D effects/texture?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-06 19:26 (UTC)
Thank you! Some of the textures were done with the thicker grades of acrylic base that you can buy, but the bigger structures are made with - don't laugh - milliput. I've tried so many other bases, and there really is nothing like it. Even though it is murder on the hands to work with in large quantities, it's worth it for the variety of textures you can get out of it. And it can be reshaped easily while dry, and it holds without shrinkage.
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[User Picture]From: hamsterwoman
2018-06-07 22:49 (UTC)
Oh huh, that wouldn't have occurred to me, but that makes a ton of sense in retrospect! And, wow, it works really, really well!!
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-06-06 04:14 (UTC)
HOLY MOTHER. I truly, truly love these, and I love that you have a 'she's the one who does all the' preface for when people are talking about contemporary artists. SHE'S THE ONE WHO DOES ALL THE TOP-DOWNS AND AERIAL PERSPECTIVE. 226034 would live on my wall if it didn't already live on someone else's wall.

I would love to see hundreds of these on a website for sale. You should definitely, definitely start up again, and get Shattered City out from under that bed before I call the police.

I cannot believe you kept this from us, you're fired.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-06 19:42 (UTC)
Hahaha, I'm so sorry! I can't remember the last time I posted a photo of a painting. It's been at least five years.

Part of the problem is that it takes me F O R E V E R to finish things. I remember another one I did a few years ago when we were visiting the bloke's parents. I told them when we left that it wasn't finished yet. The next time we visited, I found they'd hung it up. "But it's not finished!" I protested. "It is finished. It's hanging on the wall," they told me. Clearly what I need is for them to be my managers...

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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-06-07 04:26 (UTC)
This is amazing, I can't believe you thought it wasn't finished. Luckily others knew better!
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-06-06 05:26 (UTC)
Wow - love them.
You're a true artist.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-06 19:49 (UTC)
Oh, thank you, that's very kind!
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[User Picture]From: merzb
2018-06-06 11:21 (UTC)
This is so great! You are very talented, I love these paintings.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-06 20:01 (UTC)
Thank you! I should do more. The trouble is, doing one typically took me about six months, and that was before having children.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2018-06-07 07:48 (UTC)

You are very talented, these are wonderful and evocative. Personally I prefer a photo of the overhead shot to a surprising 6"x 6" physical object as it emphasises the subtleties more in my eye. The colours and textures are fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-07 09:46 (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: becofoz
2018-06-07 12:25 (UTC)
Wow. I love your paintings. You're very talented. I especially like the City Lights triptych.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-08 14:05 (UTC)
Thank you. I like that one too. It was tiny. I'd like to do a larger, more intricate version one day.
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2018-06-09 04:38 (UTC)
One day I would love to have some of your art at our house.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-10 19:16 (UTC)
I will bring you a piece when we visit. <3
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[User Picture]From: meringues
2018-06-15 10:39 (UTC)
They're stunning!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-15 12:31 (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
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