Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wave Abstract

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.

Wave Abstract
Image Size 22" x 15"
Acrylic

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors...powerful piece!!!

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  2. I love this, it looks wonderful! So much movement and energy in it. What a fun technique, too!

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  3. Very interesting technique, looking forward to seeing more of it. I love the Wave Abstract.

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  4. Thank you Hilda, Theresa and Wendy.

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  5. Absolutely stunning color palette and water is always just gorgeous to me. Takes this piece right over the top of gorgeous!

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  6. Beautiful color palette and motion.

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  7. Well, I'm so glad you gave this painting new life! Love it!

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  8. Thank you Kimberly. It feels good to pull it from my reject pile.

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  9. this is a real stunner! The design as well as color makes it a winner.
    Thanks for explaining the technique and I am going to give it a go. I have plenty of rejects to work with.

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  10. Thanks Julie. I hope you have fun with it!

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  11. Hi Nancy, this is just stunning! It is so powerful and original, I haven't seen this style before and I love it! I have been enjoying looking at some of your other paintings - you have serious talent!

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  12. Thank you for visiting my blog Wendy. : )

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  13. Thanks for your visit and comment Nancy, I got to visit your work today and enjoy them!
    How cool is this to give life to the ones that are kept away, so beautiful, the technique is really useful, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Thank you Padmaja. I feel lucky to have seen Kathleen demonstrate this technique. It is definitely one that I will keep revisiting.

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  15. Hi Nancy, Very nice painting and interesting technique I will be trying this out. I really like working with different mixed media techniques. Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog site too ! Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you Jules. I hope you like working in this technique. I sure do!

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