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Blank paper/canvas syndrome

I know pretty much every artist has faced this affliction at one time or another. Staring at that blank piece of paper or canvas and wondering where in the hell to start.

I found this meme that I keep on my inspiration board. It has helped me SO much. I now buy watercolor paper and sketchbooks on sale and use them to play and experiment. I am gradually encountering the blank canvas phenomenon less and less.

I hope it helps you.

paper dude

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Life changes

It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. In a matter of months I no longer work for the place I’ve been for the past 18 years. My husband got a new job and they keep changing his schedule. My nights, days and weekends are all a blur now.

I’m trying to get a handle on things and add some structure back to my life. I don’t mind some chaos, but these last few months have really done a number on my mental state. The good part is that I have much more time to concentrate on my art. I was able to do a painting for my husband for Christmas that I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now. He loves it! I’m pretty happy with it, too.

Dive Deep with Me. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

Dive Deep with Me. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

I’m really loosening up my style, and the orders for custom works are still coming in. I also launched my own website — which was WAY overdue. It still has a long way to go until I’m satisfied, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Blue Owl with Heart. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.

Blue Owl with Heart. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.

Happy New Year! And please, if you like my work, share with friends and family, Like my Facebook page or follow me on Pinterest.

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Prepping canvas – a little tip learned the hard way

I am one of those artists that doesn’t really like the texture of plain gessoed canvas. I like something a bit smoother, so I usually add a coat or two (or three) of molding paste and smooth it or keep it rough. Mainly, I’ve been keeping it rough because I have a hard time laying down a smooth coat of paste.

I’ve tried wetting my cheap little plastic palette knife and the paste, doing several coats, as well as several other tips… nothing seemed to work. UNTIL… I finally bought a few nice metal palette knives. Rather small. Almost tiny.

As I began prepping some new canvases today, I thought, let me try this tiny knife. It can’t possibly work better than the larger one and even if it does, it will take forever, right? Think again.

palette knives

Small metal vs. large plastic palette knives.

I laid down those coats of paste on some nice size 16×20″ canvases in a heartbeat. Nice and smooth. And used so much less paste! I found slightly dampening my knife worked even better. So, if anyone out there is having the same issue as me in prepping those canvases, make sure to try a metal knife.

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Doves and peace signs and crowns… get on your hippy groove

Working on my first actual series. These are from the “Peace and Dove” series I’ve been working on these past weeks. I’m having so much fun and am actually very pleased with the results. All of the following are acrylic on canvas except the small one on a vintage wooden plaque. More to come!

Dove with Heart. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on small vintage wooden plaque.

Dove with Heart. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on small vintage wooden plaque.

Peace and Dove III. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

Peace and Dove III. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

Dove with Roses. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

Dove with Roses. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

Peace and Dove IV. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

Peace and Dove IV. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

Kingdom. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

Kingdom. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.

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