Inspired by Laura during last month’s World Watercolour Month, I wanted to have a go at painting on texture. Now, I know that I haven’t got painting on a flat surface down to a tee yet, but that’s only details. Off I went to the art shop and bought myself a tub of texture paste. I also bought myself an artist’s knife to smear the texture over the paper. Once smeared, I left it to dry for a couple of days before the painting commenced.

I had another burst of inspiration after adding the texture, that I would create something based on each of the planets. I was going to start at Mercury and then work outwards, but Mercury is a little grey place at the moment (once I get painting on texture to an acceptable level, it will be far more, believe you me!)

So, the first planet in this series is Mars. Just because. Just because I posted about it the other day. Just because I was born in March. OK, no real reason, I just fancied Mars.

I live in the realms of the imagination most of the time, so in my mind (for this painting – it was a far different place for my black wolf post recently) Mars is alive with volcanic activity, hot lava carving its way across the pinky-red surface of the long abandoned world. Also in the Mars of my mind, there are clouds – ash clouds that briefly cover the lava rivers below.

In my mind, I love to fly… so in this creation we are flying high above the Martian activity below.

In reality, I used four colours, red, orange, yellow and a dash of brown here and there, and just allowed my imagination to direct where the colours went. It’s totally abstract. Mars is round… this painting isn’t. The odd thing is, which isn’t really that odd as I make things out of virtually anything that has a repeating pattern (faces in leaves, for instance!), I can see a white horse emerging from the flames in the photo. It isn’t there in the painting itself.

It may be a few weeks until my inspiration strikes for the second planet… but when it does I shall post the results here. The paintings may not look like anything, but they are still paintings. The are still something new that has been created to add a little extra colour into this world of ours, and hopefully pass on a bit of a Feel Good vibe.

I love colour. I love painting. And I love to Feel Good! So there’s a flying start already!

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

19 Comments

  1. Have fun. Texture adds a whole other dimension. Water colour is actually a far harder, less forgiving medium than oils too.

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    1. Thanks, Raili, it’s certainly different! It also generates different ideas.

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  2. Oh that Laura Loo – she is such an inspiration to so many! 🙂 Nice view of Mars Tom

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    1. Thanks, Jodi. Yes, Laura’s certainly inspirational!

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  3. Yay, beautiful lines and colors…..love that texture!!! Isn’t it the best? This is a wonderful first go at it Tom! So happy to have inspired you and thanks for the mention!!! 🎨❤️

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    1. Thanks, Laura, and it’s a pleasure!
      I like how it brings in a different way to think about what to do even before the painting itself begins.

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  4. Yes, I can see the horse which is unusual for me!!! 🙂

    Never tried texture painting! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. It’s different, Prenin. I’ve seen this type of artwork before but never really thought of having a go myself, until I saw what Laura had done.

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  5. The surface of “Mars” resembles the color and texture of my “Gingers”;)

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    1. Yes! I can see what you’re saying there, Elena! 😀 Your texture is a lot better, however! 🙂

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  6. Texure paste? I’ve never heard of it before now. Off to the art store!

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    1. Oops, that would be ‘texture’ paste… 😉

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      1. My ‘t’ does that sometimes as well.

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    2. Did you find some, Diane? It opens a different avenue in the creative process, which is all good! 😀

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      1. I haven’t had time to look yet – I’ve been promising myself for a month that I’ll attempt a watercolour for World Watercolour Month, and I’m already 11 days too late… 😉

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        1. Ah well, time does that, Diane… I know! 😯
          There’s now the World Watercolour Group, which is available for entry at any time… still over at Charlie’s!

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  7. I can see you had fun xxx

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    1. I definitely did, thanks, Sue!
      I really should think about doing another!

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  8. […] On the subject of fine art (ahem), I created a lumpy landscape in August that was simply out of this world. Where was this unusual creation set? The red planet… Mars! […]

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