True to their word, Blick sent a replacement pack of the Aquabord by Ampersand – (4) 4″ squares – at no charge. I received it yesterday via FedEx. This painting was done in watercolor on the first board from the pack, and there was NO flaking on the edges this time. (Even after rinsing once.) Relieved! And a little bit addicted, I must say, to this forgiving and firm surface. I called Ampersand and got more information from them with some tips for painting on this surface, and suggested products to fix it once finished, and I’ll share those tomorrow.
I almost want to title this “Summer in the City”. I was watching one of Debora Stewart’s lessons on Artist Network TV on composition and color in abstract work. If you want to be inspired, pick up her book or watch any of her videos. She works primarily in pastel, and she is amazing. Her thoughts and demonstrations on abstract work, she says, can be applied to any medium, and based on my experience, she is absolutely right.
In the video, she used a masking tape technique on one of her paintings in the grid composition, which I liked. I tore my masking tape so that I’d have irregular lines, and began by running painters tape across and up and down on the board in a grid composition. I like this technique, because I could adjust the tape until I was happy with the composition. After taping the board, wetting it, and getting some initial color in, I let it dry. Removing the tape, it looked strange at first. I expected the taped areas to be white. But the clay surface of the Aquabord is textured, which allowed color to pool beneath the tape, darkening those areas instead.
Looking again, it gave some depth and dimension to the lines that I felt added interest. So I decided to use those lines as structure for my painting, and try and define them with additional layers of paint. This was my result. I kinda like it! I’m going to take another look in the morning and see if I should rinse all, rinse part, or maybe just define it further. I’m even considering adding a bit of black line here and there with a paint pen. Any suggestions welcome!
I feel honored to be a part of the art community here on WordPress, and I want to thank all of you for reading, commenting, and encouraging…..and you know I just LOVE it when you tell me what you see in these concoctions I’m working up here. Kerfe, if you’re reading this, this one keeps reminding me of you. I’ll be curious what you see.
Happy Friday! Dance like you mean it! Peace.