Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WATERCOLOR ON ACRYLIC MATTE MEDIUM TREATED PAPER - ALMOST DONE


He's coming along.  
I still need to soften a few edges.  What do you think?  Putting the acrylic matte medium on the watercolor paper (140# hot press) makes it sturdier, heavier and more stiff - but you can wipe back your colors if you don't like them (or if you lose your whites and want to lift more).  I can see the pros of this technique.  




But I would still, for myself, want to learn to leave those whites on pure watercolor paper without resorting to gesso or matte medium on the watercolor paper - although I do like the textured look you can't get on pure watercolor paper - perhaps I'll work on some hot press alone and see how that works out to get some texture...always trying to find the perfect fit for myself.  Plus it's always fun to try new things, see what they offer you, and either use them or move one.  


The image is stronger when I crop it to focus on the eye and just a hint of the bridle...may do that if I ever mat and frame this one.  What do you think?



7 comments:

Lorraine Brown said...

I like the cropped eye focus which has turned out so well. When I have painted on anything other than wc paper Infind it takes a lot more to get the paint to stay put and building layers more difficult

CrimsonLeaves said...

Love how you handled his eye, Rhonda. This is looking magnificent!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Lorraine. You can fiddle with the color more on this surface and often have to have a light hand to get the dark down and staying where you want it :)

Sherry, thanks so much!

Debbie Nolan said...

Actually Rhonda I like both paintings whether cropped or uncropped. Read that article in my Watercolor Magazine. Very interesting way to paint. I am going to give it a try. You have inspired me. Have a great week-end.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

What a great treatment of the horses' eye!!!
I worked with artist David Dunlop out of CT. He's an amazing instructor and art historian. He said watercolor painting used to be traditionally handled in this fashion, then purists came into favor with saving whites and not using black. I've yet to try it, so thanks for digging it!!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Debbie. Let me know if you try it, how it works for you :)

Thanks, Pam! Hope you are enjoying fall in SC :)

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

I love both images, but go with the cropped if you're going to frame it.