Heaven, Hell and Holy Bible – acrylic painting

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Heaven and Hell, 30×24 cm

This is one of my favorite pieces, made for someone very dear to me. And, in a way, inspired by that person.

I stared with two smaller paintings.

First one was the angel representing Heaven. I used sea shells as wings. The angel’s robe is made with structure paste.

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Second one, hellfire, representing Hell, of corse.  Sea urchin teeth work out very well as devil’s horns. Fire is made with thick layers of paint applied with pallet knife.

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I affixed two small canvases on bigger one.  Hot-glued piece of printed picture of the old Bible, played around with glue to make embossed shapes.

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Finally, I laid down some black, burnt sienna, some brownish and metallic paints and he painting was done.

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Final thought on the theme :

Bible, John 13:36 

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?”

Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”

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Paragliding, acrylic painting

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Experimenting with textures continues..  Rocks are made with same technique as the sea on painting  Sunset from previous post – applying thick layer of acrylic colours directly from tubes and pressing plastic foil on it while still wet. When almost dry, I removed the foil.

Here is the detail of the result:

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Than I painted the sky with washes of blue paint, and while stilll wet i removed some paint with sponge to make clouds.

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Finally, I hot-glued one seashell as parachute, panted it red and shadow painted a paraglider with black paint, and my painting is done!

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Under the sea

Remember my stash of seashells from previous post? Last few days I’ve been playful and feeling creative so I’ve created  few things with those shells. One of those pieces was an acrylic painting. Being a big fan of texture in acrylic paintings and  huge admirer of mixed media, I was experimenting with acrylic media, gels and few other things to create various effects.

I thought, well I already have seashells, so it’s fair to put them in their natural habitat: sea bottom. The end result was that:

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The main idea was to get the sandy feeling of the sea bottom. I’m fairly satisfied how that came out.

Here is a detail of the painting, section with the sand:

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I’ve added coarse texture gel, but  it wasn’t “sandy” enough so I’ve added real fine sand to the wet paint and I was satisfied with the result. Water is made with paint washes. Finely some hot glue action and the painting is done.

Here are phases of making the painting:

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Seashells from Adriatic sea

I spend my every summer on isle of Pag in Croatia. This is s beautiful island in the Mediterranean sea. My nieces are good divers so they collect  plenty of seashells every year. I kept them in boxes and didn’t quite know what to do with them.

This year I ‘ve chosen the most beautiful ones and made a wreath:

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I’ve used straw wreath and hot glue. It’s rather big wreath so I used up lots of shells, I must say. And here is my stash of remaining seashells:

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I have so many ideas what to do with them… So much to do, so little time! 🙂

Last, but not least, I would like to share some photos of beautiful island of Pag.