Saturday, May 29, 2010

1 FOR 3 AND COUNTING

So far, the only painting I've managed to finish without ruining it, is the geisha painting. So that makes me 1 for 3. The canyon painting was a total loss...
and this Undergrowth painting...not sure what to think of it. I have not learned how to bring something out of nothing but colors and drips yet...unless it's obvious to me that there is something to "see" there.






I have worked on the koi painting a bit more (the last one I began in Nick's workshop). This photo was taken while the paper (Arches 140# hotpress) was soaking wet with color and water.

When it was about 75% dry, I spritzed off paint that was still wet, leaving the dried paint (remember, this is fluid acrylic, not watercolor). This is what makes that batik look that adds so much interest and texture.



The problem with the batik technique is one never knows what one will get - kinda like a box of chocolates?? (It's all in the timing.) The fact that you use 140# hotpress paper and tape the edges down without taping the paper down causes those valleys that hold paint, allowing other areas to dry sooner.


Next I'll remove the masking fluid from the fish and begin painting it and working it more into the water.

6 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Well, the Geisha is gorgeous and the Undergrowth one is a very nice abstract. In my books, that makes 2 out of 3 :-) Pretty good when you are still just learning a new technique.
I am really anxious to see how you koi will turn out. I can't remember if I have ever used masking fluid on the hotpress.

RHCarpenter said...

Christiane, the undergrowth painting looks interesting here on the blog...maybe it's just too big for me to "see" it clearly when I'm working on it. I've set it aside for now and am onto the koi. The masking fluid works the same on hotpress - no problems with it so far and no damage to the paper.

Barb Sailor said...

I agree with Christiane - the Geisha is gorgeous and the Undergrowth is a wonderful abstract. I would call the Undergrowth finished and I like it very much. I think you have a great start on the koi - that process is fascinating. FYI, I have never had problems with masking on hot press. What a great experience this workshop must have been.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Barb. I think you're right about the Undergrowth painting. I should finish the koi soon.

Ann Buckner said...

I agree with the other comments on the geisha and the undergrowth painting. So 2 out of 3 is great lol.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Ann. I'll have to come over and see how those strawberries are coming :) hee hee