A couple of weeks ago, I attended a demo at the National Watercolor Society by Kathleen Conover. She is really nice and an excellent teacher. Her technique is really fun. She does under paintings and then adds a mixture of gesso, water and matte medium and covers the painting creating texture. Some of the old painting shows through and gives a nice effect.
As I was watching her demonstrate, I got very excited because I have so many paintings that are rejects that I can't seem to throw away but can't decide how to fix them. This technique will work perfectly to reclaim them.
This painting started out as an abstract several years ago. I had created a horrible color combination and a design that didn't work. I wish I had taken a picture of it before I added the gesso mixture so you could see how it looked in its previous life. Anyway, it had a dark line that suggested this wave shape so I went with that. Kathleen used watercolors for her paintings but for this one, I used acrylics.
I'm really happy with this painting now. I like the energy and color mixtures. I plan to repurpose all of my unsuccessful abstracts using this technique. It is really fun and I feel very fortunate to have learned Kathleen's technique.
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