Colors used: quinacridone red, quinacridone magenta, hansa yellow light, quinacridone nickel azo yellow
Have I mentioned I love quinacridones…..in any medium? This one started out as another “window” painting, and went awry. I was getting discouraged, rubbed at a section with a wet paper towel, and quickly got right back down to the surface. Then I remembered they’re designed to do that! (You have to protect the surface with a fixative when finished.) So I decided to run the whole thing under the sink faucet! Didn’t take too long and most of the old painting was gone. There was just enough left to give me a bit of underlying structure for this new one.
I started by getting the surface damp, then added some fluid acrylics and high flow paint (which are even thinner than the fluid acrylics, but still lusciously, densely pigmented). It was flowing well, and I liked the way it was developing, so I added more with the tip of my brush here and there to punch up the contrast and steer it a bit – but not too much, as I didn’t want any obvious brushstrokes to show. Purple and yellow are my favorite colors in the world, but I didn’t want them to get too friendly and make mud, so I had to be a bit careful. I sprayed the painting with a fine mister of plain water here and there and let the paint do its own thing. At times while drying, I propped it up very slightly to pool areas of the painting in one direction or the other. That’s pretty much it! Sometimes the work I enjoy best comes from a place where it’s very organic and the medium does most of the work. When it’s working like that, I just get out of the way as much as I can.
An artist whose books and DVDs I can highly recommend is Chris Cozen. If you’re interested in painting with acrylics, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything she wrote or co-wrote. “Acrylic Color Explorations” and “Acrylic Solutions” are two of my current favorites. She is widely available in my local libraries, but I’ve purchased a couple of her books, and would definitely consider buying others. They are very hands-on, and will get you experimenting and enjoying yourself quickly. Her DVD lessons are all over Artist Network TV as well. She is so inspirational. I have seen them all, and pick up something new every time I re-watch. She has a background in education, and it shows. She is a wonderful communicator, and you’ll wanna run for your paint tubes every time you read her books or watch her lessons!
I hope you have a wonderful spring (or autumn) Tuesday, and that the paint, pencils, pigments, pen, whatever you love most gets to come out and play. You deserve it. We are creators and we are on the move! Peace.