Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Next we have the Napa Valley done in oil paints, my least favourite medium in which to work. I just never got used to painting with something the consistency of butter, but I tried it again with the pears. This time on mylar which is a very sheer plastic material. The paints are blended with mineral spirits and slide around the surface very quickly leaving all kinds of surprising results. Also compatible with this process are china markers, india inks and chalk. Water colours must be mixed with gum arabic when using mylar as the ground.
I think it's time to get out the acrylic paints. I actually know what to expect when they hit the surface, but my lack of frequency in using them makes it all seem so experimental each time. Oh ya, that's part of the Zen of painting...... go forth and be creative today.