Inspired Wall Decor
When I recently decided to create this southwest wall art I was Inspired and possibly change the direction of my landscape art to abstracts. I never thought I would, being the detailed painter that I am. Having started with watercolors, and then oils and now acrylics. I‘m challenged each step of the way.
When you paint in watercolor, you paint light to dark. And you better know the color wheel, because watercolors are transparent. Believe me, if you paint blue over yellow, you’ll get green. So, there’s a lot of planning when using the watercolor medium.
Then oil paint is toxic. You clean your brushes with odorless turpentine and wear latex gloves to keep the chemicals off yourself. Oils take long to dry, so if you’re in a hurry to go into what you just painted you better know the proper technique to do that.
Acrylics here I come
Now I’m inspired to paint dark to light, the reverse of watercolor. So, I decided to see what I could do in creating this new abstract wall art “Inspired” using acrylics and took some workshops in acrylics & abstracts at the Sedona Art Center, here in town. And boy am I glad I did!
Abstracting the Landscape
My new creation “Inspired” is the result of that 3-day workshop led by CLAUDIA HARTLEY. There I discovered a whole new way of looking at landscapes. “Inspired” is Courthouse Butte, here in the Village of Oak Creek, Sedona. The landscape painting I painted before this was “Bell Rock Vortex,” and “Fire in the Sky,” also an acrylic on canvas. Compare the two, and I think you’ll agree that there’s a significantly different style of interpretation?