Over 50 Birthday Celebration by © Angela L Walker

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Well, since today is my 56th birthday, I decided to paint a bright and vibrant abstract as a means of personal celebration! :).

I have this rather unusual calendar that shows three months at a time… so when I changed all the sheets to welcome in the lovely month of MAY, I decided to gesso the old sheets and play a while! This piece is about half of the final painting (which will be used to make my 2012 flag books). “Painting makes me oh so happy… brings so much peace and positive energy to my existence… though I’m over 50 now, I can celebrate my butt off all year long from now on… all I have to do is create ART!” :)

P.S. Ok! I got it! The response to my day of play and celebration has me re-thinking cutting up this abstract into smaller pieces for books… Instead, I’m going to mount it on canvas or clay panel for display. Thank you so much for helping make my 2012 birthday so much FUN and filled with JOY! Love and hugs, Angela

This painting was made using three fluid and heavy body acrylics, Adirondack Color Wash, and ink on three different recycled calendar pages glued together.

For those interested in how I did this, here are a few WIPs to show the process:

  • WIP 1 – In this step, I tear of calendar sheets and squirt gesso over them in a playful manner.
  • WIP 2 – In this step, I rearrange the sheets to put the grey on in the center and spread out the gesso to form patterns. After this sets a little, I place a sheet of tissue paper on top of these and apply color washes to achieve the effect in the final piece.

I’m an abstract-expressionist painter… a mixed media, encaustic, collage artist who uses a non-objective, emotive style of creative expression and visual messaging. I create to survive, to LIVE with more JOY and less pain. ART (plus faith in God) is what sustains me.

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  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearcealmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!! And, a very happy birthday to you!! Hope you get totally spoilt!!!

  • Dear Alison, please forgive my late response to your wonderful comment on my work… I am most grateful! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • Lilaviolet
    Lilavioletalmost 3 years ago

    Happy birthday, dear Angela and congratulations on your wonderful abstract you´ve painted as a gift for yourself! It´s a celebration of live! Have a lovely day – Lila

  • Thank you so much, Lila! I had a wonderful weekend… my boyfriend spoiled me rotten! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 3 years ago

    Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy Birrrrrrthdayyyyyyyyy…
    best wishes for a brightly colored new year to come, Angela; make it one filled with good health, Love and peace.

  • Oooo, I bet my long distance friend was singing to me as she typed! Thank you so much, Sassy Girl!

    – © Angela L Walker

  • Alga Washington
    Alga Washingtonalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful vibrant piece. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGELA!!!!

  • Thanks a million, Alga! Received all your wishes with the love I imagined you sent along with them! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 3 years ago

    happy birthday, and what a celebration this is, full of love and joy…beautiful:)

  • My girl! Thank you so much, Robin!

    – © Angela L Walker

  • Karen Gingell
    Karen Gingellalmost 3 years ago

    Happy (belated) birthday Angela – beautiful colours an exploding universe

  • Thanks so much, Karen! That boyfriend of mine bought me tons of supplies and then out to dinner and to the movies the entire weekend… I had a wonderful time turning 56! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Heather! I could hear the birthday song playing in the background… I had a blast of a weekend!

    – © Angela L Walker

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 3 years ago


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  • Thank you so much, Kira! This feature means a lot to me! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • nonarom
    nonaromalmost 3 years ago

    Happy birthday! Splendid abstract!

  • Thanks, Nona, I had a wonderful weekend celebrating with the over 50 crew! So glad you like my abstract! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

  • JacqueLynn
    JacqueLynnalmost 3 years ago

    AND A GREAT HAPPY 56th TO YOU, DEAR ANGE~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))))))))))))))) May it have been as bright and beautiful as this piece of yours is.

  • Oh thank you so much my dear sistah girl! Glad you like my birthday abstract… that boyfriend of mine bought me tons of supplies and then out to dinner and to the movies the entire weekend… I had a wonderful time turning 56! :)

    – © Angela L Walker

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