Started a new painting using a portrait that is a composite of two different photos. The canvas was painted with gesso and two coats of gold acrylic paint before I used the grid to draw on the subject.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in
your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on
your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide
where to go...”
I often hear, “Go out and make your mark!” But people are so used to
consuming what others create, they forget they can make their own
Maria and I believe that life is an art form. We also
believe that each person is an artist. However, most forget that
creativity is easy, natural and fun.
Ask students in any 3rd
grade class, "How many here are artists?" and every hand will reach for
the sky. But ask them again in high school and rarely will a hand move.
you take tests throughout years of schooling you learn there are
predetermined right answers. Everything else is wrong. When you solve
crossword or Sudoku puzzles, each has one predetermined solution. Even
coloring books convey the subtle message that someone else is authorized
to create the marks within which you must color.
When you do not use your creativity, it atrophies.
There is an interesting article by water colorist Marc Taro Holmes about his technique, "Tea, milk and honey", on the Artist Network website . He begins with a pencil sketch and works from light to dark. He begins painting with the "tea", a fluid wash that doesn't cover his sketch but adds a lot of color. The second step is the "milk". He uses more paint and color in this step, but is careful to leave the lights. The final step is the "honey". Just as you would not add a lot of honey to a cup of tea, the darks added in this last step are done carefully. As he says in the article, "a little goes a long way".
This is similar to the method I use, even working in acrylic. However, I do try to establish some of my darks in the early steps, not saving them for last. This is easier in acrylic, because I can always paint over an area if I change my mind. I'm still working on the portrait of Sam, but you can see my steps. I build up my image using paint and satin acrylic glazing liquid. Glazing liquid gives you about a half hour working time (depending on humidity and the absorbancy of your base) which allows me to use a variety of techniques both additive or subtractive. Because of the longer drying time, I can remove the glaze in some areas with paper towel or even move the paint around with my finger. It allows for easier wet into wet blending of the acrylic. The glazing liquid and paint have to be used thinly or it will remain tacky for a long time.
For me, using acrylic paint and glazing liquid offers a safer alternative to solvent-based painting and it's easy soap and water clean-up.
This is a journal of drawn, painted, and fiber works. I love color, light, and pattern. I am learning all the time. I enjoy exploring different mediums, but most of my work is in pastel, colored pencil, and fiber. The paintings and drawings are part of my collection unless otherwise noted, and may not be reproduced without permission of the artist.