Saturday, October 09, 2010
Oil on 5x7 board.
This was painted for WDE at Wet Canvas. The reference photo was supplied by Bonnie.
My aim was for this one to be super loose. Even though it's pretty loose, I didn't quite achieve what I had in mind...not quite loose enough.
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Mark 10:14 He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
The image below shows the drawing I did on the board. I reinforced major lines with colored ink from red and sienna Pigma Brushes.
Below is my prepared board.
I squeezed a small amount of gesso, then a few drops of black gesso. I brushed them around loosely to achieve a grayed marbled effect...approximately mid value. This I dried using a hair dryer.
Next I squeezed a couple of small spots of acrylic yellow ochre. I spritzed it with water and brushed the transparent wash over the board. Next added a touch of acrylic burnt sienna to add variety in a few areas. Once again I dried it with a hair dryer.
I love working on surfaces prepared in this way.
Any spots left showing in the finished painting helps to add harmony and energy. Plus by starting from a mid value, the correct values are easier to achieve. It's an inspiring surface to work upon!