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Metallic Paint and a Van What?

I've been busy painting and travelling and working and obviously not blogging, but to make up for it I have quite a few things to share.

First, I got these awesome metallic acrylics from Arteza that I had to try out. (I am not paid or endorsed by them, I just like their stuff.) So first up was a rooster, and I wanted a bold black background to see if the metallic popped. It did, but I'm not sure if it comes across in a photo:

Next up, a new octopus. I thought I'd try something else new, and did this one almost entirely with a palette knife, and in a vertical orientation. I kind of like the way he turned out, though I do prefer more muted colors.

And then, because I had a palette all full of beautiful metallic oranges and reds, I couldn't let it go to waste. So out came a random crab:

This little crab was made on a 8"x8" square, and I kind of liked the size, so I whipped out another little sweet chicken using the same metallics:

Overall, I do like the metallic paint, but I think I'll reserve it for smaller sizes like for the crab and the chicken. Although the blues of that rooster came out phenomenal as well.

Now on to something entirely different. A few years ago, I went to one of those paint and sip places on a work morale event, and the subject was a Van Gogh imitation. Here's the original, by the man himself:

Credit: You can see it at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Now, here's the painting I did at the work paint party:

I know it's hard to tell the difference, really, but you'll have to trust me that it's not an original Van Gogh you are looking at here.

Now, I've had this painting sitting around for several years and I wasn't sure what to do with it. I don't want to hang it on the wall, because it's not really my work, and I don't want anyone confusing it with the other priceless masterpieces we have in this house. So I was just going to paint over it and re-use the canvas.

But then I looked at that magnificent tree, and the obvious answer came to mind. Put an octopus on it.

And there we have it, a non-sensical composition of a random octopus ... in a fake Van Gogh. Beautiful

My quest to find a print on demand option continues, but let me know if anyone wants a print or an original.

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