I’ve struggled to find a way to adequately let folks know how I’m progressing with my newest experimental forays painting, lol! Wasn’t too hard when I had one, even two projects at once going.
But now, working on mostly 6x6s and coating a 6×12, I’ve been unable to figure out how to do more than just show snippets without much context, so I’m going to try this —
Once a new absorbent ground painting is done, I’ll show much as I can how it evolved.
Generally, this isn’t necessary each time I’ve finished a new painting. But I had a fairly set pattern technique wise, with variations. Now, nearly each 6×6 I work on is either a different foray into where I can create more art in the future, or, a kinda dead end – yuk! 😊
For example, my first two 6x6s, began totally differently in terms of the absorbent ground application, and resulted very different in terms of texture and transparency effects. A third, which I don’t believe I’ve even shown yet, had the same two initial absorbent ground coats as the 2nd 6×6, plus a 3rd diagonal coat. A 4th 6×6, I applied black gesso and attempted to replicate results I was getting on absorbent grounds and failed miserably (and am now working to make that image work via the traditional glazing method).
Each variation has significant implications for what I can and cannot reasonably expect to generate creatively.
And I realized, the only way I’m gonna be able to get what I’m getting – intuitively and empirically – on paper, and hopefully, to a reader, is by waiting til a work is done, then visually and verbally, explain the sequence of what I realized via my process with that particular work, start to finish!
Working on absorbent grounds with acrylics in watercolor fashion has been astounding for me in terms of what effects I am getting compared to either oils or acrylics. And I can’t say yet this work will be better than what I’ve done over nearly half a century of work, not counting goofing around Dali clocks in my early 20s and goofy cloud scapes in my late teens, lol!
But I can say, I am liking what I am seeing both in terms of potential (yes, I hope to get much better at this new mode 😊) and actual results.
My 1st 6×6 now has an isolation coat. That means I can’t go back onto it for more watercolor like work. The absorbent ground is sealed. I can paint more acrylic (even oil) over it, but don’t want, esp not at this point of exploration. And hopefully not in the future if I continue to explore and find this an exciting new avenue for me. So next, once I apply removable varnish, either one or two coats, depends, and I get some decent photos, I’ll do a start to finish post, just on that piece!
The painting has to dry, and I have to see what it’ll take to get an image that represents how it appears to me. The problem I’ve been having is the images are so much more subtle and soft, the photos look garish, too harsh. But I’ve found a few setting in my iPhone that’ve mitigated a lot of that, setting that improve photo vibrancy of landscapes and individually beautifully, but over-does it for these new paintings.
So while I work (and wait) for at least the 1st 6×6 to be finished & ready for it’s own blog post, I plan to —
- Do a post about those camera settings (w/pics) I’ve tried out.
- I‘d also like to post something about how differently Absorbent Ground looks on different quality of canvases and actually creates a kind of leveling effect among them, at least as they appear to me
- And, an interesting look at some Grey Matters Disposable Paper Palette I’ve been using, esp comparing how a the palette looks after working on an absorbent ground painting vs a gesso’d painting, all of which could just be idiosyncratic to me, but oh well, that’s part of why it’s my blog, lol! And believe me, that’s a pro & con even to me! 😂
Meanwhile, in another art arena, I want to write a review on Amazon for season 2 of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series and once I do I’ll do a quick post posting here in my site also.
Til then, thanks so much everyone! Sheila & I plan to go to my 3rd week in a row of SilverSneakers stability class at Gold’s Gym – that’ll be a biggie for me, my longest continuous class like that in over a year 😊
Hope we all have a great New Year’s! 💥
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I do like to point out I pick my selections to showcase from my Amazon searches. May not always be the case, or wholly always the case, but for now, I prefer picking titles and book covers and gift items that just really appeal to me. There’s lots more to choose from, but only have so much room, lol! I hope you enjoy —
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- Adan’s Product Reviews on Amazon – Watercolour Flower Painting Workshop (Collins Painting Workshop) by Hazel Soan (Book, Paper Edition)“Just beginning to use watercolors, and having seen Hazel Soan’s watercolor video on Prime Video, I knew I wanted one of her books. Though an older work, 1999 I believe, the information and images are timeless. The images themselves are stunning, stopped my wife in her tracks when I was browsing through the book 😊”
- Progress Update Working with Golden Absorbent Ground and Fineline Masking Fluid, on The First Snow 01.25.20“Later, once the piece is done, the gloss isolation layer and matte varnish will have to protect paint and masking fluid. The glossy isolation layer preserves the colors, and the clear matte varnish protects against dust etc, but restores the surface feel and matte finish of the completed work – as I found out via … Read more
- Progress Update Working with Golden Absorbent Ground and Fineline Masking Fluid, on Violet Blooms 01.24.20“Turns out this method (for me) is also not 100% foolproof, at least in regard to getting the right areas masked, etc. But I really think this is more to do with a learning curve, both in regard to watercolor choices in general, and using masking fluid for and with those choices.”
- 7 Expert Tricks To Improve Your Author Newsletter | David Gaughran“There is so much more you can do with author newsletter these days beyond simply telling your fans that you have a new book.”
- Autumn Friends circa 1986 Acrylic ❤️ Adan’s PhotoPoems 💕PhotoPoem sayings 💕 Autumn Friends circa 1986 Acrylic – “We are mirrors…”
- On the Way to the Cantina by Tiffany Arp Daleo 😊“She often writes that she paints intuitively, from the heart, finding any suggestion of image within her process itself, an amazing feat I “sometimes” feel I pull off 😏 ”
- In the Egg # 2 by Francisco Bravo CabreraFrancisco is an exceptionally prolific artist, with work that ranges from lush to whimsical or elegant.
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