Monday, January 30, 2012
This is another pastel on Wallis pastel paper. I really love that surface. It can hold many layers without the tooth filling up. It sure eats up the pastels though.
Image size 8" x 10"
Monday, January 23, 2012
This is a pastel on Wallis paper.
Morning in the Vineyard
8" x 10"
Monday, January 16, 2012
I love the effect with the rice paper. I don't know why I don't do paintings with rice paper more often. It gives a softness and a nice textural quality that I can't get without it. There are also goobers where the rice paper isn't attached completely so the paint spreads which for some reason, doesn't bother me. It seems to go with the overall look.
The weather here has been so beautiful since before Christmas with temps in the 70s and 80s and almost balmy so working on a tropical painting seemed fitting.
Image Size 12" x 16"
Monday, January 9, 2012
This paper had no sizing in it at all and it acted like a blotter so I used acrylic matte medium to seal it first. I guess I didn't seal it enough though because the paint creeped and seeped all over the place. As I added more layers of paint, that became less of a problem because each layer of acrylic sealed the paper more.
Having so much texture in the paper was fun and frustrating at the same time. Once I relaxed and let the paint do what it wanted, I enjoyed the process. Below is a close-up of the paper to show the texture. I shot this photo in the sun because I thought the texture would show better but because of the shadows, it looks like there are deep grooves in the paper when actually the areas next to the shadows are raised.
Using acrylics very thin like watercolor is really fun. It's nice that I don't have to worry about disturbing previous layers (because once they dry, they are permanent) and I can still get the interesting effects of glazing. Watercolors are still prettier and more interesting in my opinion because of the sedimentary qualities of many of the watercolor paints. Acrylics tend to look a little more flat.
Big Fish, Small Pond
Image Size 22" x 30"
Monday, January 2, 2012
These don't look so purple because my photo didn't capture the color so well - probably because it's so dark. This is a an oil that I started awhile ago. One of my New Year's resolutions is to finish unfinished paintings in my studio. I'm tired of it always looking so messy even when I clean it up. There's just too much stuff out there. I have a lot of oil paintings that I've started and haven't felt like finishing. I enjoyed finishing this but really, oil isn't my best medium.
I have no patience with any medium but watercolor. I can spend weeks working on one watercolor painting and enjoy the process, which is usually tedious because of my style of painting but give me oil paints (or pastels, colored pencils etc.) and I feel the need to work quickly so I don't lose interest. Maybe another resolution should be to become more patient. Or...maybe I should stick to painting in watercolors.
Image Size 6" x 12"
Unframed, gallery wrapped canvas painted on sides, no frame needed