Thursday, October 27, 2016

10252016-Pinks n Pastel

This is a 12 x 12 inch canvas I used to play with my new Holbein acrylic paints. This is a combo of Hansa Yellow Light and Quinacridone Red, mixed with lots of water and some alcohol drips.

This artist grade paint is really easy to use. It's very creamy and has a lot of pigment in the mix. It's my new favorite! 

I used a dry white soft pastel to draw out the flowers and vase, and then painted using some Liquitex Basics white acyrlic paint to do some negative shape painting around the drawing.

After that I get to play with the table. This time I glued some tissue paper I had made that has a nice pattern painted using a stencil and more Basics white paint. The creaminess of that paint is what makes me buy it over and over again. It just glides off my brush and that is exactly why I really like these new to me Holbein paints. Creamy! Soft! Intense Color! Artist grade promise of longevity! What's not to like? 
I really like using tissue paper because when it's glued down with some matt medium, it is translucent, allowing the gorgeous colors of the base painting to show through.
I liked this base coat of colors so much, I just couldn't pick up any tubes of paint to cover over the flowers. So, here I collaged some tissue paper that I had painted with a bright gold metallic paint. Ripping those pieces and gluing them down to highlight the centers was a lot of fun. And, I could see ahead of time what it would look like before I made the committment to a color change.  Not something I can do when I have a paint brush in my hand!
I did the same thing with these stems. Green and gold painted tissue paper collaged with matt medium. I had a video playing while cutting, ripping and gluing and the time went by really fast. I never get tired of the 1996 movie, "Michael" with John Travolta, Andy MacDowell and William Hurt. One of many movies I play over and over while in my studio. 
I REALLY did not want to paint out those flowers, so I did what I usually do: outline with oil pastel.  I wish I could tell you what is so satisfying about using these pastels, but that eludes me. All I can say is that the feel of the big fat crayon in my hand is fun, fun, fun! 
I mean, look at this! It's slick, but has texture. It's shiny. It skips on the surface of the canvas and it looks like a 4th grader had a lot of fun in art class. Who could possibly ask for more of a day in paint?
For this final photo I positioned this canvas on some painted tissue paper, and now I'm thinkin' maybe it should be framed in that splash of rosy color... 

It has a name now: What's underneath is important"

$75.00 plus shipping in the U.S. 
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