More than 8 months without a new post on this blog … these are the joys of motherhood 🙂
Here is a note in related to the birth and especially pregnancy. Like in artistic creation, the life creation is a physical and mental processes. The gestation period is long accompanied by many questions. And then it is birth, the separation of work and its author. This new one takes off, lives its own life, regardless of its creator.
This painting was made from scans using acrylic medium.
New medium for this last course: wood. This medium absorbs the paint which dries therefore faster … even working in thicknesses as I do every time. For the first time, I ended up with a relatively dry paint.
Creation – acrylic on wood
I especially liked the inspiration provided by the plank. No blank page, but already drawing shapes, history from which create new shapes.
I finished the course by experimenting new painting techniques: brushstrokes, tapping, mixed colors (yellow – blue – white), scratching the paint with a pencil …
A new technique discovered this week: paint on wet canvas. It’s pretty simple.
Just buy the raw unprimed canvas (without coat of gesso) in art store, then soak the canvas under the tap or in a bucket of water. At first the water won’t penetrate the canvas, it must be completely immersed and long enough to get the desired result.
Once wet, the moisture in the fabric will allow us to mix colors directly on the canvas like watercolor. The paint will soak the canvas and spread into cauliflower. Be careful if you want a clean line, it is better to paint it once the paint is dried.
It is possible to fold the wet canvas. Folds will remain once the canvas is dried.
I played a lot with the folds to get a cracked, natural effect. Then I worked in thickness to add more dense, brighter colors.
Everyone remembers his drawing classes with the color wheel, the primary and secondary colors. However, we end to use more often paintings in tubes without bothering to mix them together: much faster than finding a particular color! So I enrolled in a course to rediscover the colors: color mixing with acrylic painting. That was two weeks ago, a Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. This course helped me reconciling with the mixture of colors. Each new color was a revelation: sea, depths of the ocean, foam, trees, undergrowth, bark, skin. Finally my color swatches seems very poor now!
To start we created a spectrum from white to black to learn how to mix colors with high contrast. With very little black to begin with, and then more and more once the middle gray reaches.
From white to black
Then we applied this principle to mix a primary color with black (color folded) or white (color enhanced). Here we have a blue folded (less shades between blue and black) and red magenta enhanced.
blue folded – red enhanced
Then it was the turn of the color wheel with primary and secondary colors, warm or cool colors. I made a wheel with the primary colors cyan, magenta and yellow. Oli did the same with the colors red, blue and yellow. This gives small variations in the secondary colors such as purple or orange.
Once the circle made, I take some time to play with and enhance some colors obtained.
Red, yellow, orange are warm colors. Green, blue, purple are cool colors. But a blue-green is warmer than blue-violet. An orange-yellow is warmer than orange-red … Little work on the hot and cold starting from yellow to green and yellow to orange.
Yellow from warm to cold
Little discovery: gray is a mixture of a primary color and the secondary color on the opposite side of the circle. We thus obtain the gray (gray lightly tinted) with blue and orange ; red and green ; yellow and purple. But we might as well have the same result with each color and its opposite on the circle. For me, it was more often brown than gray 🙂 It probably lacked a bit of blue in my green.
Red- Gray – Green
After gray, brown which is a mixture of three primary colors. The shades are endless. And any enhanced brown could be used as skin color. A little more blue, green or purple for the skin shadows. A little more red, yellow for lighted skin areas.
And finally a festival of color tubes: cadmium green, titanium white, cadmium orange, phthalo green …
A new technique discovered during my last acrylic courses: Hard-edge technique. The group of “Plasticiens” in Montreal in the sixties including Claude Tousignant were using this technique a lot.
The principle of this technique is to use masking tapes before applying paint. This technique requires some kind of preparation at first. Which means to think about the desired result and the desired colors before starting the process…
In three steps:
- Sticking masking tapes (such as those used for painting walls) according to the desired pattern
- Applying a layer of medium along the tape to prevent paint from seeping under the masking tape
- Application of color (one or more coats) and then removing strips
This technique is perfect for opacity painting use. I wanted to try with transparence. Here is the result:
I thought the colors would come up more under the last coat of white. But white color is very opaque. So I applied new layers of red, yellow and orange, before applying two layers of white transparent.
I recently discovered the acrylic transfer. This is just awesome. The goal is to transfer a photocopy using acrylic paint on another painting. In the transfer, the white part of the photocopy will vanish, only black and shades of gray will appear. The transfer is like a transparent plastic peel.
To make a transfer, you have to photocopy a photography or an illustration and create an acrylic background which will fit with the photocopy. On the ink side of the photocopy, apply 4 to 8 coats of gloss medium allowing to dry between each layer (5-10 min). Once the medium is completely dry (24 to 48 hours), put the photocopy in a full bucket of water enough to soak the paper and to be able to remove it by rubbing with fingers. Remove all the paper you can or want… be careful, the remaining film is fragile and can easily break. What you get is the transfer. Then, apply a layer of gloss medium on the back of the transfer and stick it on the background created at the beginning.
Here are some tests:
At the bottom of the dress I made tests with sand texture. The transfer border is still visible around the character. The transfer was made with 8 layers of Liquetex Medium varnish gloss. With this medium, you will get something very thick like plastic. For the second test, I stopped at 4 layers.
To paste this transfer, I added yellow paint in the medium. Once pasted on the background, I pushed the medium outside the silhouettes.
Today, a wonderful picture painted by my flatmate Chris Chang.
I especially love the sunlight with the Eiffel Tower’s shadow and the man’s posture.
Thanks Chris to let me post this painting on my blog!