I spent the day at a local venue where artists and other vendors took over an arena to promote their work. Lots of traffic and lots of great people. Here is a photo of my set up. More family arriving for a visit tomorrow as well as some great friends. One of these days I'll have time to get back to painting more regularly.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I finally finished the experimental painting of my cat on watercolour paper glued to a wooden backing. I "varnished" it with acrylic medium before trying to get the final photo and it made it very difficult to get a photo without reflections. His face was partly in shadow but the white fur was reflecting colours from the surface he was sitting on. I love the colours that resulted in his face.
I learned a lot doing this (one was not to apply the acrylic medium with a roller... lots of tiny bubbles). I also had trouble with the whiskers. No more trying to do them with masking fluid. :(
I will be doing many more of this kind but first I have a portrait to finish and then a commission to start. There is never enough hours in the day!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
After months of not working on this one, I am finally going to finish it soon. For those interested, this is the experiment of gluing watercolour paper onto a hardboard cradleboard backing before painting. It will be finished with "varnish" and treated like an acrylic on canvas for sale. I'll see if treating watercolour this way will increase sales (compete with acrylic and oil sales to the public). My good paintings for shows will still be done traditionally.