Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Open to wonder

With my upcoming workshop, I'm going to get technical today. By the way, if you didn't get into the first lesson, Opus added a second one later that afternoon and a third one may be possible at a later date.

I started "Open to wonder" with a basic creamy layer for the sky. With the tree added in, I thought I'd get adventurous and collage in some coloured tinfoil. Previously I had been sticking to gold, silver and the occasional red, but I wanted to try a multi-coloured application. Well, it didn't work. It looked like a bunch of small Easter eggs had been splattered onto a soft landscape painting. 

I went over the added foil with gesso, whitening out most of it. I did leave bits, mostly glazed under the gesso, mellowing the colour out mostly if not completely. I liked the added shapes and texture. I had to go back into the sky and glaze in some reds, azo golds and blues. So now I was back to a textured painting with a lack of drama. Pull out the red. I used pure Pyrol and added some branches plus strategically placed smears for additional punch. Happy. Very happy. The lesson? Precisely that - it's always a lesson. You can't screw up with acrylic. You can always cover, remove, add, shape, glaze, collage and shade. So, go ahead, have some fun, try it out even if it seems silly. Sometimes it will end up elementary looking, but most of the time, you'll end up with a new skill and a great painting.

Nikol Haskova Studio