Thursday, October 27, 2011
I started with a loose study in watercolour a few days and have now advanced onto a mixed media piece. This is a 15" x 30" canvas panel that I gessoed then put scrunched up tissue over, with more gesso embedding it further. Once dry, I started adding washes of watercolour. I liked how the rough surface would catch the pigment and intensify it in pockets.
I threw in a little oil paint on tentacles last night but wasn't really happy with that so tonight I formed more texture over it with modeling paste. I love that paste, its like making mud pies, such fun to use with a flexible palette knife.
So here is its current state, waiting to dry and have more colour added. Where will it go from here? I really don't know. The painting will guide me I'm sure. Does anyone else feel that what you paint sort of pushes you in different directions? I wanted to move to a looser style and this is definitely loose!
Did I show you the jelly fish self portrait photo I took a couple of weeks ago? I went to Salmon Cove and there were a number of jellyfish washed up on the sand. I tried to save some, but they'd been out of the water too long and just kept washing back in. The colours in them were beautiful - gold and purple I believe they are lion's mane jellyfish. When I uploaded my images, I found this one - a self portrait in a jellyfish.