Monday, March 25, 2013
This photo doesn't really show the painting off very well. It is brighter and the flowers aren't washed out like they show here. I used a different camera than usual and it "blahed" everything out a bit.
Image size 4.5" x 7.5"
Watercolor on TerraSkin
Monday, March 18, 2013
I wanted this to look like a wood block print with flat areas of color and black outlines. If this design is chosen, I will be able to make the shapes where the colors connect be an interesting part of the design. That wasn't possible in this small painting.
This took a lot longer to paint that I thought it would. Originally, I wanted to use the colors that were common in the old Japanese wood block prints but it was looking too blah so I re-painted it using brighter colors. I think these bright colors are a better choice for a banner anyway.
I'll let you know when I find out whether or not I get to work on this project.
Monday, March 11, 2013
When I look at coco palm trees, I can feel my blood pressure drop and I get a feeling of tranquility. That's probably because, in my mind, coconut palms and vacation are linked together.
This was painted with acrylics. I just started using some of the Golden Open acrylics and I'm enjoying them a bit more than regular acrylics. They stay wet longer so I have more time to blend and play with the paint. I still fight with this medium more than any other but I am determined to someday finish an acrylic painting without uttering one single swear word.
Image Size 14" x 14"
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas with sides painted
Monday, March 4, 2013
On this one, I used encaustic gesso to prime the wood. This time, I didn't put a layer of clear wax on first and I was much happier with the result. When I had the clear layer of wax as my first layer, it made the colors I put on top do weird things. I had much more control this time.
For me, the fusing is the fun part of encaustics. Trying to get the wax to level out without moving it where is shouldn't go is a challenge. On my next one, I think I will pick a subject with more detail to see what I can accomplish.
The finished encaustics have such a wonderful finish. They can be buffed to a beautiful sheen and have a very unique look.
A View From Above
Image Size 10" x 10"