Linear scape original design has been painted in Gouache on cartridge paper as a Textile design for print and jacquard. I painted this piece when I was about 19 years old.

Artwork from Ireland.
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    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    Bridget Riley watch out … you have competition from Orla. This is GREAT!!!

  • LOL! ….I’m sure Bridget can rest easy on her laurels….This one was quite difficult to do….keeping those lines straight wasn’t too easy…I used an Egyptian earthy colour pallette for this one. :~)

    – Orla Cahill

    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    I was at Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art last week and I examined Riley’s work close-up. I feel she must have used some mechanical means of getting the lines so straight with no sign of deviation from the straight and narrow. At a guess, I’d imagine she used masking tape, as it can be used on acrylic paint without removing any paint (so long as it is totally dry of course.

  • Yes I often wondered how she managed to keep such perfectly smooth lines so close together without them bleeding or going allover the place. Her work is so mesmerizing you’d wonder how all those lines wouldn’t be jumping off the canvas at her and cause her to make a big blunder. It’s amazing really. I must try the making tape idea sometime. A lot of artists use that method to great effect. About my lines above…I used this ‘thing’ (don’t know what you call it.)…to paint the lines…it looks like a mechanical divider where you can change the width of the paint area (tip) to different line dip the divider ‘thing’ into your flowy gouache paint and then you must work quickly and draw a line on the page with the nib as the paint continuously flows. It takes a bit of practice but I found it the best way of painting fine lines. Maybe you have one of those ‘things’.

    – Orla Cahill

    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    No, I don’t … do you have a picture of one?

    Incidentally, I am fairly new to acrylic, so I still haven’t tried using masking tape yet.

  • If I can find it I certainly will take a photo of it and let you know when I load it up. …I wouldn’t say the masking tape would be successful on paper though. I think it’s generally just used on canvas and hardboards and other strong surfaces…..I’ve never used it myself except for house painting…
    Acrylics are supposed to be the best artist paints for long-lasting characteristics, durability, etc.. Apparently they don’t fade at all. Oil paints it seems fade over time and crack too, well that’s probably a long, long, long time.
    There are generally 2 qualities in both Oil and Acrylic paints. (1) Artists’ Quality (2) Student quality. There is quite a difference in price between them. The difference in quality is quite considerable too. The student quality has a lot less pure colour pigment than the artists’ quality therefore giving less vibrancy in colours. Generally if you see a colour with the word HUE in it that usually means that there is not a lot of pigment colour in it. But I think our pocket dictates a lot of the time. In oils, I like to use ‘Winton Oil colour’. It is a student quality paint but I think the colours are that little bit more vibrant than we’ll say ‘Georgian Oil colours’, but not as vibrant as ‘Winsor & Newton’. In acrylics I like to use CRYLA. I think ‘system 3’ is the student quality. I think that may be artists’ quality.
    Gouache is a designers colour paint so I would probably only use that for Textile patterns and other graphic work…but I do love the smoothness of it.

    – Orla Cahill

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateover 5 years ago

    OMG….WOW!!! This is amazing, and very interesting to hear how you produced it! The only time I have done anything like this I used masking tape, like Dave says…..intrigued by your “thing”
    Brilliant work Orla :)

  • Thank you Alexandra. I must try and find out what that ‘thing’ is called…or better still..if I can find it I should take a photo of it and load it up here. If I do find it I’ll let yourself and Dave know I’m loading it up. Maybe you already have one and I’ll get a telling off for not knowing what it’s called. :~(

    – Orla Cahill

  • CaughtMoments
    CaughtMomentsabout 5 years ago

    very nice color combination… it reminds me of autumn :)

  • Thank you. Yes I suppose it is sort of autumn colouring. Thanks for visiting. :)

    – Orla Cahill

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