January 6, 2010
I’ll be attending Art Hop this Saturday at Williams Gallery in Oakhurst. I’ll be demonstrating pastel painting so I’ve chosen the view of Trabucco Ranch that I’ve been painting in acrylic. I decided to also paint the view in landscape (horizontal) view rather than portrait (vertical). It’ll be interesting to see how each painting develops.
The first painting I posted is on the left, the latest version is next to it for comparison.
I like to save small useless, but interesting items. Recently we destroyed some floppy discs. I saved some of the external and internal pieces. A couple days ago I decided to experiment with saved items, crackle paste and molding paste. The blue section is crackle paste while the white section is molding paste. Crackle paste is suggested to be used on a solid surface rather than a canvas…I agree. My crackle sections began to curl and lift just like mud. I made a tint with Heavy gel medium to penetrate the cracks and hopefully glue them to the canvas to prevent them from coming off. I’ll also put another sealant layer on top of this. The corrugated looking pieces are the white stretchy protective covering off pears cut to shapes.
I embedded the recycled items into the molding paste then gessoed the upper area when the paste dried. I painted the lower crackle area with regular and Interference acrylic paint.
The upper half was painted with a rust colored acrylic and then painted on top with Iridescent Copper allowing some of the darker rust to show through in the textured valleys. I began painting the recycled items.
More paint everywhere and stamping with the top foil piece of a wine bottle and a cork.