This is acrylic on an 8 x 10″ canvas. I am feeling the need to go even larger, thanks to encouragement from Debi, Dawn, Jodi, Graham, and so many others. Thank you for your encouragement! I am enjoying it. It’s hard to believe I started on 4 x 4″ squares.
Lately, I am enjoying combining acrylic texture products with a rich, dark underpainting to give me a good foundation and lots of depth from the start. I started this one by combining Golden heavy gel with a bit of soft gel to produce a product with lots of body to it. I laid it on the canvas with a palette knife, and cut random lines into the surface while it was still wet. Once dry, I mixed a few drops of teal and turquoise india ink by Dr. Ph. Martin with (mainly) viridian acrylic heavy body paint by M. Graham and added that to the surface. Once that dried, I was off to the races with primarily Golden fluid acrylics.
I want to give special mention to a product by Golden that helps me get nice, soft blends. It’s called acrylic glazing liquid and I wouldn’t want to paint very long in acrylics without it. I learned about it by watching Chris Cozen and other artists on Artist’s Network TV. It not only adds several minutes of open time to the paint, it makes a slick, luscious surface for the brush to glide across with no drag at all. It can also act as an eraser when you put something down and don’t like it. You can put a couple drops on a soft rag (or on a paint brush) and work the surface to lift up the paint, providing you get to it within a few minutes or so, and it hasn’t had time to really set. Really love it. (Note: As a Dick Blick affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site.)
I am not sure I have enough light areas in this piece, so any feedback on that would be particularly helpful. I always appreciate your comments and visits, and want to thank everyone for taking a look at my work. I feel privileged to be a member of the WordPress art community. You all are the best.
Happy Wednesday, and enjoy a lovely June day in your part of the world. Fling joy like you mean it! Peace.