First, I want to say sorry for slacking on the updating! I have been preoccupied with a trip I am taking this weekend. I will fill you in on the details another day, so you’ll have to wait in suspense.
Then again, I guess it’s only suspenseful if you: A) Don’t already know about the trip B) Care to know about the trip
Moving on! You may know that I am a major snob when it comes to paint variety. There was a time when I wouldn’t even glance at a tube of acrylic paint. I thought, “How can painting with acrylics possibly compare to oils? They are dull and flat-looking, and they dry so fast that it’s hard to make them look smooth.” It wasn’t until my college professor suggested that I utilize acrylic paint for my under-paintings that I grudgingly acknowledged the existence of this inferior medium. To my surprise, I discovered that it works well for under-paintings. Later still, I found that it can act as a complimentary companion to oil paints if used right.
My latest discovery is a technique that I discovered in a moment of pure boredom. I was sitting in my studio checking my email and I picked up my disposable palette which had some dried acrylic paint on it. I began to peel the paint off, and that’s when I noticed that the underside of these peelings were fascinating. They were these swirls of color.
My husband suggested that I make large sheets of this dried acrylic paint, so I did.
It took several hours to dry. At first, the pattern (pictured above) came out too contrived for my liking. I tried it again with more success, and was able to come up with some really cool swirly patterns. I’ll keep you posted on those, and how I incorporated them into my newest painting.