Sunday, October 31, 2010
The tentacles that stream below the jellyfish twist and turn trailing into lines from almost lace-like masses. Forming the substance and nonsubstance that is a jellyfish is a challenge and will take time.
I've worked more on this piece in oils, building form and starting to add depth with layers of glazing. Glazing is a slow process, as I need the initial layer to dry reasonably well before I can glaze without destroying what is beneath. Transparent colours give best results but opaque colours, used sparingly in very thin coats will work for the first layers. The paint used must be extremely thin, almost a tint so that it barely shows on the piece. Some artists can use up to 20 glaze layers to achieve the effect they want. I may be at this for awhile...