Starting A New Abstract Painting

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

A few weeks have passed since I completed my Hawaiian-themed painting and I am ready to start my next painting!   Although I don’t have a clear vision for this new painting, there are several things I have in mind.  Specifically, I plan to create bold contrast between lights and darks, use predominantly brown and neutral colors, and create large …

My Daughter Paints A Coconut!

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My last blog post discusses how I made my painting’s Heliconia flower more visually interesting by using different shades (also called values) of the colors red and yellow.  This post features my seven-year-old daughter, Lianna, who shows how you can employ this same technique for your own paintings. Lianna’s coconut demonstration is shown below. Draw A Coconut If you can draw a circle then …

That’s A Wrap!

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This blog post is the final episode of my five-month-long blog series about my Hawaiian-themed painting.  That’s because I am finished with my painting!     After my previous blog post, I added two red ginger flowers to the painting’s lower left area and “finished” the large yellowish-white flower in the middle of the painting.      My signed painting, …

Heliconia

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My last blog post shows how I extended the guitar’s neck across the top-right side of my painting.  This post discusses why I added Heliconia (also referred to as “lobster claws” and “parrot flowers”) to further improve my painting’s right side.  As shown below, even after the addition of a guitar neck, my painting’s right side needed more interesting shapes and brighter colors. …

Problems With My Right Side

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My last blog post reveals how one of Henri Matisse’s paintings inspired the green tropical leaf I added to the bottom of my painting, shown below.  This post discusses how I dealt with the right side of my painting which needed some artistic attention. The right one-third of this painting not only lacked interesting shapes, patterns, and negative spaces as compared …

A Handy Technique

Craig Meklir abstract, acrylic, Bridge, painting technique

My last blog post explained how Aniko helped me resurrect my painting by varying the value of my green color.  This blog post shares a technique I used to transform the dull blue “path” which wound across my six-foot-wide canvas into a rustic “wooden” path. As shown below, I initially painted the path a gray-blue color which was both uninteresting and un-Hawaiian.     Here’s …

Stealing From Henri Matisse

Craig Meklir Henri Matisse

Now that the “path” was finished, as discussed in my last blog post, I felt the painting needed an object in the lower central area to break up the large space.  So, what does a middle-aged artsy guy do and, more importantly, what can others do when needing to embellish their own paintings with new objects?  Look to one of …

Oh Dear, What Have I Done?!!!

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Just as I had turned a positive corner with my painting, I made a mistake so bad that I needed Aniko, my art teacher, to come to my house to save it from ruin.  Fortunately, not only did Aniko help me solve the problem, but she taught me a lesson about color value which I found so interesting and important that I decided to dedicate this blog post …

On My Own, Sort Of, Part Due

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This blog post is a continuation of my previous blog post titled “On My Own, Sort Of” and describes some of the problems I encountered and valuable lessons I learned as I forged ahead to complete my Hawaiian-themed painting.    As discussed in my last post, my art teacher, Aniko, agreed to help me with my painting after our art class had ended.  Using Photoshop, she edited …

On my Own, Sort Of

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My last blog post provided pictures of my Hawaiian-themed painting at the end of each of six art classes (the sixth class was the final class).  This blog post provides a glimpse into my psyche and describes how I set out to complete the painting on my own (that is, now that my art class had ended, and I was …