Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Primarily Umbrellas - Homework Again

Time to wet the paper again and pour more colors into those pale areas that were too bossy so they don't draw your eyes there.

Then waiting (there is a lot of waiting in this technique!) for the paper to dry completely before doing the trickles of water and drizzles of paint technique. I didn't want to do it but Sandy said I should do it just in the deck area so I did.

Taking a thin brush, I used clean water and touched it to the paper, tilting the paper to let it trickle over and around on its own. Then I took the same thin brush loaded with some thinned (with water) fluid acrylic, touched the brush to those same trickles and let it drizzle around. You don't want X's or strong lines but you want thin drizzles of color to add another element to the painting. Not too dark, not too light, not thick but more calligraphic in design. I used the same 3 primary colors plus one surprise color: Dioxizine Violet.

Then, when everything is bone dry - bone dry = more waiting. Go have a cup of coffee or read a magazine or get some exercise if you don't play guitar like Nick Simmons while the paint is drying :) When dry, remove all the misket except for the splatters you put in here and there, and you have this:

So what to do next?

Well, now you have to go back and put misket in any areas inside the white umbrellas that you want to keep white - raindrops, water spots, shine, etc.

And redraw any lines you may need to have that were removed when you lifted off the misket.

And that is as far as we are allowed to go before class next Tuesday!

I know!!! How can I wait that long? I'll have to start another one.


Anonymous said...

You've got some lovely, rich darks going for you in the lower corners. I can't wait until next Tuesday, either!


Sandy Maudlin said...

It is looking VERY good. Glad you did another pour on it.

Deborah A. Léger said...

Rhonda, I can't wait to see how where you go next with this! Beautiful! Have you started another at home?

Deborah A. Léger said...

Forgot this in the last comment! So how do you like the fluid acrylics? Compared to watercolour?

Dawn said...

looking great Rhonda, but to wait a week? ahhhhh!

Sandy Maudlin said...

WE could have classes daily??? WHat da ya think? I can't wait to go with our paintings. Get that second and third one started for Tuesday.

Ann Buckner said...

Great colors and textures. I enjoyed reading and seeing your steps on this painting. Looking forward to seeing what you do on Tuesday.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Candy. I was pleased with them and the texture :)
Yep, Sandy, you are always right!!
Deb, once you get used the fact that fluid acrylics thinned with water are just like watercolor BUT once dry, they don't move, you can enjoy them and not feel too much pressure to get it right the first time :) That's what this type of layering does for you. I have another sketch ready to put on hotpress paper.
Dawn, I know - a week to wait is too long - but that doesn't mean I won't be doing something else...
Ann, thanks!
Sandy, every day would wear me out in a week! I think twice a week would be great but you wouldn't get the same mix of students each day, I bet - plus you already have classes 4 or more times a week, right?

Nick said...

How cool is that? Maybe it's just coincidence, but it looks like the most exciting painting I've seen you do Rhonda, congratulations! I also like the fluid acrylic and hot press paper, but still love watercolor too. You are inspired, pedal to the metal, loud & proud!

RHCarpenter said...

Hey, Nick, you wouldn't be biased, would you? I mean, you are the reason many of us watercolorists are getting into the fluid acrylics! So thanks for sharing your knowledge of this interesting and fun medium.