Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Finally, the last of my 12" circles. This one gave me some trouble in the first attempt and got horribly overworked. I was disgusted and wiped it back down to the primer and waited a few days for the second attempt.
Molasses will be the eighth 12" circle profile to balance the "circles" wall of my show Beauty of the Beast at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX. Reception and Gallery Talk is May 16 at 4:30.
I clamped down on my ego and decided to post the first attempt along with the second attempt:
fluid acrylic color mixed into Golden (brand) Fine Pumice Gel. The gel is clear, so the color mixture is semi-transparent, and gets darker on each application.
Art Spectrum (brand) Pastel Primer in the terra cotta color. I lay it into the darkest areas, then scrub and dry-brush it into the medium values of the gold to continue the value scale and add more depth. (I use a square of sponge as a brush to apply the primers.)
Then comes the pastel...
Basically, I was having a bad day!
So, I left it, and contemplated what other young ranch animal I could use to replace this one's spot on the wall. But, when I came back a couple days later, I unemotionally wiped the whole thing back down to the primer with a stiff brush and a wet rag, and started again. Thankfully, these types of failures don't happen very often any more. But it's a nice feeling when I can push past and rise above it and save the underpainting. (This is also one reason I love these primers so much!!)
Then... on to the re-paint!