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Playing with black and white is something I like to do from time to time. There seem to be two camps with the colours (or non-colours depending on your point of view), those are to use them or not. Black especially seems to get a bad press in the art world, I think, but I also think it’s important to experiment with how they work and could be used both on their own and with other colours. These three play with that theme; black on a white base, white on a black base and black and white on a coloured base. All worked in wet on wet layers.

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ATC 3

ATC (3) ~ Acrylic and ink

These small works of art (artist trading cards) will all be available to buy from my website or through a message to my Facebook page. There is only one of each of these cards as each piece is created intuitively by hand in various mixed media.

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ATC 2

ATC (2) ~ Acrylic and ink

These small works of art (artist trading cards) will all be available to buy from my website or through a message to my Facebook page. There is only one of each of these cards as each piece is created intuitively by hand in various mixed media.

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ATC 1

ATC (1) ~ Acrylic paint and ink.

These small works of art (artist trading cards) will all be available to buy from my website or through a message to my Facebook page. There is only one of each of these cards as each piece is created intuitively by hand in various mixed media.

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This latest batch of experiments were of the ‘I hate how these are going but I want to finish them’ variety. Layers upon layers of pure colours, built up to create similar compositions, one more balanced and the others focusing on each primary colour. They turned out better than I expected in the end and there are things I do like about them, but I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m glad this set of experiments are over. They are all part of the learning curve of exploration, however, and for that I am grateful:

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This set focuses on painting with other utensils than brushes to create different, interesting textures and marks. The first two were painted intuitively direct onto acrylic paper, in acrylic with a palette knife. The third (the purpley one) was painted in the same way using an old spoon and plastic fork rather than a palette knife:

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Three primary colour experiments; one with all three primary colours using soft blending (acrylic on paper), one blending intuitive shapes in two primary colours (acrylic on canvas) and one using transparent layers of the primary colours built up and blended (watercolour and masking fluid on paper). The blue/green/yellow one is my favourite; I see a dog/wolf head in it. Which one do you like best and what do you see?

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