Image size 16.5" x 8.5"
The underpainting of this is a previous painting that I posted several weeks ago. I decided I really didn't like because it didn't have any flow. Actually, the painting depicted my mood at the time but it was a bit negative. I'm much happier with this image.
To start the change I took the heat gun and blasted the middle area where the drastic value change was so it would soften the transition. Then I covered most of the surface with thin veils of soft color. After that was fused, I added alcohol inks and a little bit of shellac burning. The shellac burn didn't really add much to the painting.
When I use alcohol inks or shellac, they leave the surface shiny, which I really like in some paintings and is distracting in others. I didn't want any shine in this painting so I covered the areas with a layer of clear medium. It dulls the colors a bit, but I think in this instance, it enhanced the finished look.
Below is the previous painting, "Divided" which is now forever underneath "Misty Ridge".