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Friday, May 08, 2009

Here Comes The Sun~Flower


Here's another w/c on gesso I completed. I've just felt like playing around with texture and color lately. I want to get some metallic paint and try adding that to a painting on the gessoed matboard. I'm not talking about the artist brand metallics but the oil based metallic paints that you can purchase at the hardware store. I think it would be cool to get some silver or gold into the act. Ann Blockley did a beautiful vignette of snowdrops that appears in her book. Her palette consisted mainly of white, warm yellows and black with a bit of woodsy green. Then she added gold metallic oil based paint to areas of the background and the entire painting began to shine in more ways than one. I loved the effect!

4 comments:

Mary said...

This is quite beautiful Billie and you should try using the metallic paint. Years back I used to use metallic paint as an underpainting for my object and then would paint as usual on top. Everything was over gesso and the result was quite interesting but it was all oil based on top of the acrylic base, so it must be much more delicate usng WC over it.

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Mary.:) I'm not sure the oil base metallics will work with w/c but I'm going to try it anyway. I plan to use the metallic paint over the w/c, not under. Blockley uses acrylic inks with her metallics so I may wind up investing in a set of the inks. I think I'd like to try granulation medium, too.

Costescu said...

Very cool, I really like how the background sets off the flower & the texture it really great!

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Tracey.:) I was just playing. I really like the 3-D effect you can achieve with just plain old acrylic gesso out of a bottle. I plan to work on a gessoed surface more often in the future. Watercolor reacts on it differently than on w/c paper. I need to 'play' more.