Monday, November 16, 2009
I've actually started painting a couple of things. I started on the paintings of these sketches. It seems like I haven't painted anything in a while. I think it's been like 3 weeks. I have done some sketching in that time though. ;) Anyway, I started on the first one of this set. She's "Serenity" and the second one is "Chaos."
I'm painting them on these small 5 x 7" panels of Ampersands Aquabord (or claybord textured). It is the same thing I did my painting "Ocean of Sorrow" on. I had these two extra panels left and I wanted to use them for something, though I now realize that I had forgotten how much I really didn't like painting on it. I think the last time I used it, that since I ended up liking the end result, I sort of convinced myself that I liked working on it. lol Now I'm not really enjoying the experience so much. With the way I use watercolors, it is really hard to get the shading smooth. When I look at Ocean of Sorrow now, I wonder how I managed to get it so smooth. I'm not having nearly such luck this time.
When I paint with watercolors, I used a lot of layers to build up the colors to how dark I want them. And I sometimes scrub in some texture with a dry brush and I blend with a damp brush, and this surface just doesn't work well for all that. The color lifts off way too easily and ends up streaking like crazy! I just don't have the patience for this, so I think I'm going to finish up what I've started with acrylics. That should solve the problem. :) Then, so that the two paintings still seem a pair as I intended, I'll have to do "Chaos" in the same half watercolor/half acrylic method. It should be interesting since it isn't something I've tried before. :)
Posted by ElvenstarArt at 10:24 PM