“Beach Sunset”| Britnie Walston| Oil on Canvas | 24×36 in
This is a 24×30 in. painting, oil on canvas. I really wanted to capture the movement of the water and waves in this painting. The movement was very important to me, as I wanted it to feel as though the viewer were physically experiencing the solitude of the beach. Light was another element of this piece that I focused on; unifying the painting to create a feeling of romanticism and realism.I first began with several washes of colors for the sky and blended them together. I then began adding a thicker layer of yellow and white to enhance the brightness of the sun.
I then proceeded with a quick wash for the water and mapped out the shapes and directions of the waves. After that, I began adding dark shades of blues and purples for the shadows under the waves. I did the same for mapping out the areas of light with yellows, oranges, and tints of white. I then used a fan brush to help guide me with forming the waves, followed by light blotting technique for the crashing effects against the rocks and shore. For the rocks, I used a palette knife to portray the rough texture using burnt sienna, purple, blue, and black. I finished off the highlights with a shade of dark pink in the direction of the sun.
“Stimulance”| Britnie Walston| Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | 16×20 in
This is a 16×20 in acrylic and silicone oil on canvas. I created this painting by using what is called a pour technique. I mixed my colors each in a separate cup, added water until they reached the right consistency, and then proceeded to add a few drops of silicone oil to each color and mixed.
After all of my colors were mixed, I poured one color at a time onto the canvas in the desired areas, and began to move the canvas around in circular motions back and forth until I was satisfied with the design created.
The thing I like about fluid painting, is the fact that you never know what surprise you’re going to get. You just take a chance, use your imagination and best judgement of color combination, and let it all flow. I named this painting “Stimulance” because of the bold colors and rigid edges created, which reminded me of electricity. The end result is like opening a gift on Christmas!
“The Savanna”| Britnie Walston| Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | 9×9 in
This is a 9×9 in acrylic, glue and ink on canvas. I created this painting by using what is called a dirty pour technique. I mixed my colors each in a separate cup, added water until they reached the right consistency, and then proceeded to add a few drops of silicone oil to each color and mixed them.
After all of my colors were mixed, I poured one color at a time into a larger cup, flipped the cup upside down on the canvas, and then lifted it. I then began to moved the canvas around in different directions until I reached my satisfied design.
The silicone oil, glue and water separate, which gives the cell like effect. I brought the cells out a bit more by using a lighter to hover back and forth over the painting since I don’t have a blow torch yet. I called this painting “The Savanna” because I couldn’t help but notice that the design that was created looked amazingly like a desert from a bird’s eye point of view. This was quite a fun painting!
“Nostalgic”| Britnie Walston| Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | 4×4 in
This painting was also created using the pour technique. I named this painting “Nostalgic” because of the youthful colors. I wanted to portray this painting as my yearning as an adult; to be able to go back in the past to certain moments in my youth. Those were my days of being able to be carefree, while still having my entire life ahead of me. The simplistic designs formed in the painting, in combination with the colors, create a certain unexplainable innocence and transformation from one form to another.