Painting up the Basalt Print ✨
All Variety Hour prints start as original paintings by me @cassbyrnes. They are then scanned in and broken apart bit by bit so I can get them as crisp as possible allowing me the freedom of scale. Then it’s time to get it into repeat which is probably the most painful part of the process! 😭
That’s pretty much the process and mostly just lots of squinting intensely at the computer which is what you can think of next time you wear your Variety Hour prints 😂
I was never really into oil painting as a teen, it used to scare me. I always thought oil is just got professional painters, just got final masterpieces, just for anyone but me.
But I decided to experiment and try it. And you know what, I love it. More than I thought I would! I love the feel of the paint across the paper and how it can flow across a canvas thinly, yet building colour is possible.
And you know what my favourite part is of the classes were? Experimenting with the paints to create colours true to nature. Colour mixing was so much fun - and the satisfaction of mixing the perfectly matched colour is so satisfying. Experimenting with tools was so different and expressive - I found that palette knives added texture and I couldn't swap it for my paintbrush for this piece.
Yes I know I still need to practice, still need to let my imagination run wild and draw and paint before I can call any of my paintings final, but I'm learning to love the process and the experiment.
I am Jesus'.
Whose are you? 💕
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The saga of the paint: A true story.
So I squeezed some paint out and let it dry. Filmed it. A couple million people watched it last week. It delighted a lot of people, it infuriated a lot of people. I got HUNDREDS of messages from people. Thousands of comments. There were the #paintwastehaters . Those people that thought I was squeezing out paint to throw away and also to personally insult THEM. There was so much illogical vitriol in their concerns and insults. Excuse me, have you met the INTERNET? Where people make slime? Where people mix frozen paint in the shape of oreos? Where people jump into pools of jello or consume 500 hot dogs for your viewing pleasure? Or Hollywood, where people blow up cars and buildings for your amusement? Why, why, WHY, do you care that I'm doing an experiment with MY OWN paint?⠀
BUT. I also got many, MANY notes and comments from people who felt liberated that they, too, could waste a little paint. The scarcity mentality is strong and we creatives fight with it daily. And, it's not just about money, though that is a legitimate concern. There are also resources of time, space, energy. Art, strictly speaking, is UNNECESSARY. We do not need it to survive. There are a lot of things asking for our attention, like kids, houses, partners, jobs, Netflix. ⠀
People told me they had "nice" journals that they could never bring themselves to write in. "Fancy" paints they never felt like they were good enough to use. Boxes of craft materials in storage. Ideas that never saw the light of day.⠀
And maybe, just maybe, my abundant and extravagant play was making them feel like maybe they could just jump in. Please, PLEASE, let it be so. ⠀
I heard a software developer say that the best advice he ever got was "make it real as soon as possible". We can tinker and think and quibble and doubt FOREVER behind closed doors or in our dark, safe brains, but the advice from the people with impact is DO IT. Take action. WASTE THE PAINT.⠀
Pictured: @brea_reese paint⠀
I took the previous mix again and added MORE paints and @uberliss colours! This time I made a darker lavender colour, focusing on the purples in the überliss colour bond sustainer collection. I’m also gonna add this into the sunset painting!
Uberliss colour bond sustainer in “lilac”, purple iris”, and “magenta orchid”
Purple and magenta-y oil paint
Mixture from previous time
***note: please do not mix hair products with a metal utensil if you’re gonna put hair dyes in your hair! I’m using these for paintings and they went straight onto the canvas.***
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