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.
During one of our acrylic painting courses, we were lucky to paint a nude model. The poses were very short: 30 seconds, 1 minute, then 3 minutes. The purpose was to reproduce the figure and movement. It was 3 hours of lessons fairly intensive.
First series of exposures: 30 seconds to 1 minute
Second series of exposures: 3 minutes
Third series of exposures: 15 seconds, moving, 15 seconds. The two figures are overlaid
Last ones: 3 and 5 minutes
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.
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.
Things are pretty rushed lately (moving, DIY, Canadian residency, employment, crochet, pregnancy, you’ll find all this at http://untoonaucanada.blogspot.com) but starting today, I am on maternity leave two months prior to the delivery date. This is the perfect opportunity to take over and spend more time on drawing, painting, illustrating and photography.
I am now enrolled in acrylic paints courses. Significantly simpler than watercolor (which requires a perfect control of spaces unpainted) or oil (very long drying time), acrylic is suitable to all mixtures, all techniques, with textures, materials, transparency, collage … which is perfectly highlighted in this workshop hosted by the University of Montreal. At the same time, I notice my weaknesses:
the use of color, color matching and color blends (I’m handier with a pen or pencil),
the application of paint (no fine lines, impasto, marks left by the brush drips)
But I do not lose hope and the discovery of these new techniques brings me a lot in terms of creativity.
At the same time I’m back on the drawing board. Here is a portrait done this morning.