Thursday, January 22, 2009
Sneak peek at one of twelve pieces I am working on. This is a smaller one, an 8" x 10" acrylic. I am surprised at how I am enjoying this medium. I found the quick drying time challenging at first as I was working the process like oil but when I adjusted my technique I rather relished it. I tend to like to keep on working, without waiting, which is one reason that the immediacy of pastel has always suited my character. I say this is a new medium only having created a handful of acrylic pieces, in particular three large ones that were in Chalk Paper Scissors. Two of which are at the Dessert Lady in downtown Orlando, the cupcake is in a private collection. The glazing is comparative to some of my pastel techniques. Just as with the pastel on paper I find I do not like the pattern of the canvas to show through. I had gessoed the canvases but still not enough texture change to my liking so I sporadicly used some molding medium adding a different texture. When working on wood the opposite is true, I prefer to see the grain. While working I used one glove on my right hand, though my left hand got colorful from my palette and moving pieces while working on several simultaneously. I painted with brushes and directly with my gloved hand, paint against canvas. I just couldn't help it! I am quite excited about these new landscapes in acrylic. These are expressionistic landscapes, capturing my deep connection to nature. I find nature to be a haven. I am filled with a range of emotions and energy in the midst of nature. Can you tell?