I’ve added a new painting adventure to my life. Each Friday I go to the Museum of Art in Vero Beach to paint with fellow figure artists in an open studio setting.
They are realistic painters and my style is so totally different. These fine artists are excellent portrait painters where I am loose as a goose, as they say.
I’ve tried to paint more realistically but it looks stiff and awful in my opinion so I must follow my style. It just feels right for me.
I will paint 4-5 works while the others could spend two weeks on one pose. Last session we had the most lovely young model in a ballet dress. I was using watercolor on Yupo which I always thought I hated but that day it was a joy to work with.
We had a mango tree which was my tropical delight,
then during a windy storm it fell over in the night.
It’s fruit was the sweetest mango that I had ever tasted
but branches down and roots up it was wasted.
I miss my mango tree.
No worries, I will not quit my day job!
I love the jewel toned colors in this water color painting, they just speak to me.
ACRYLIC SKIN FLOWERS
What are acrylic skins and how does one make them?
Wikipedia:"Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry."
Acrylic paints are composed of linked polymer molecules that lend themselves to drying into an elastic film. I took a glass non-stick surface and spread out many different colors of thin acrylic paint then swirled them about a bit to create interesting color variations. After the paint was completely dry I used a single edge razor blade to gently peeled off the thin films. Looking at the color patterns I saw flowers so I cut out the floral shapes and glued them down on my canvas with acrylic medium.
I did not hold back at all with my acrylic skin flowers, it is totally colorist, expressionist and wonky. I added purchased papers and stamping to give even more mixed media variety.
I was really in the zone for this one!
My artistic rabbit hole adventure at the time of this painting was pointillism.
I was aware of this movement but did not know any details so off to the research on line:
“Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists,…”
With the child’s face I used larger dots of warm and cool colors to give the illusion of depth. I thought it was a modern adaption to an older technique. I must relate what a man said of my painting at one of my tent art shows;
“ The kid looks sick”, well thanks for your honesty.
Mary Ellen Koser