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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Experimenting


Well, before it was all said and done I threw everything I had at this one trying to figure out what worked best and what didn't work at all. I found out you can put CP's over acrylics. If you put down CP's first forget putting anything over them. I tried valiantly to soften the edges of that reflection with soft pastel. The cat which I did with pastel pencils was an after thought. I'll definitely take more time with the fur when I redo this piece. The surrounding landscape is just rubbish. I'll have to give that more consideration before I begin again. Also HP paper will not take much abuse so I'll be keeping that in mind, too. On the bright side, I love the eyes in the reflection. I think they make the painting. Once again...any C & C is welcome and don't be shy either.


Note: Notice anything odd in the reflection? Check the direction of the cat's tail. It's on the wrong side. I had a *d'uh* moment when I did that. Maybe the current was so strong it moved it to the other side? Sounds good anyway............

8 comments:

Anita said...

I think CPs are wax based which is probably why nothing will go over them. LOL about the cats tail! Its looking really good though and experimenting will lead to a great final image.

Jeanette said...

You've got the makings of a really good piece here. Its good to be able to experiment and work out composition, mediums, placement of cat's tails... :)

Billie Crain said...

Anita, I was pretty sure I couldn't go over CP's but I had to try. ahhh, yes...the cat's tail. serves me right for not doing a proper study first. i hopefully would've caught that sooner.

Billie Crain said...

thanks, Jeanette.:) it's a good idea in theory but it's lacking something. not sure what yet. i may shelve this one for awhile and work on other things. then i can come back to it with fresh eyes. i DID have fun messing around with mediums and techniques i don't normally use.

Mary said...

I know this will be a wonderful piece Billie. I tried drawing something with ink over CP and it just beaded so the theory of lean over fat fits in this case also.

Billie Crain said...

very true, Mary. i knew better but had to try anyway. just testing the limits with this one. oddly, when i tried to use CPs as a resist on another piece the paint went right thru. go figure.......lol

Nick said...

Now that is fantastic!!! You took it to another level on all counts, I'm impressed.

Billie Crain said...

thanks, Nick!