Hello, sorry I have been so busy recently that I haven't blogged. One of the reasons for being busy is my new beginners course on a Saturday afternoon. I am so pleased with the work the students are producing , they are very quick learners. Below are some of their work, first their tonal drawings in charcoal and chalk.
Then their first painting experience doing a silhouette
Sorry Thats all very miserable and negative.
On a more positive note, My new work is selling quite well at the moment. This one sold and I have just mounted it for its new owner to be able to pick it up on Saturday.
I also have learnt a lot this week about acrylic paper. I have been practicing my new style on pieces of mount board. I love the way I can drip and blend colour washes and glazes. But I thought as they were selling maybe I should start using more serious Paper ( not that mount board is a problem, I do know artists that use it a lot ). I did use a canvas covered board as it was a bigger painting and I needed a firmer structure behind it, but the board are thick and difficult to frame, so I decided to try the acrylic paper, I have used in the past. I discovered why I had never really got on with acrylics before... I really dislike the paper! I just couldn't get the effect I was looking for. i photographed it to show you.
The painting above is acylic paper and the one below is mount board. They are at similar stages ( apart from I forgot to photograph before I added my dark tones on the one below) But you can see how solid the colour is on the paper an how the drips don't have any definition. I used the same colour and strength on both, but I didn't get that lovely glaze effect, that I am starting to enjoy . It is a watercolour technique, but unlike watercolours it gives me a more solid base, after the paint dries as it can't be disturbed by the next layer.
I threw the acrylic paper away, but the board I continued with and this is the result.
Once I have measured it up and mounted it I will be putting it for sale in my re-opened Etsy shop, so watch out for it.. here https://www.etsy.com/shop/wellydoggallery?ref=top_trail
I will catch up again soon,