Feb 25, 2011
This photograph of a tree was taken last summer at Lake Tahoe. Continuing with my experiments with image transfers, I made a print of the photograph to transfer onto canvas. It unfortunately didn't turn out as vibrant as I had hoped, so I painted over the image. I actually ended up covering most all of the original tree image, as evidenced by the photo on the right.
Whenever I mix up an indigo color, I can't help but think of traditional Japanese fabric designs. In the same way, when I use earthy reds, I think of Native American art. You can see both of these influences in the new painting I titled Starry Sky.
To create a clear, glossy top coat, I brushed on a thick layer of acrylic gel medium. When dry, the acrylic medium gives the painting a wet look, which is a great effect. However, I applied the medium a little too thick, causing the turquoise paint to crack a bit. It's not terribly noticeable, but I went ahead and added the painting to the sale section of my Etsy shop.
For the past few days, I've also been working on 100% recycled drawing paper. Normally I create pen and ink drawings on the Kraft-like paper, but I primarily used acrylic paint this time around. The two new works feel more like sketches to me, so I debated uploading them into my Etsy shop. But I enjoy sketches from other artists as much as their polished works, so I decided to add the new pieces to the shop. The one on the left is called Peak and the one on the right is Valley.
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