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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- December 03, 2021 – I Am Tired, But I Am Happy; I’ve Been Painting, A Lot!The above pic contrasts below with this earlier pic shot shot in November —
- December 02, 2021 – My Minimalist Art Experiment, “Abstract Minimalism 1 (in-progress) Part 2, Major ShiftThe large blue area (which I loved) had to be muted (or change the other orange/red areas). Blue bottom areas were also muted. The white/yellow glaze over the blue area tinting it into green. But, do I want to do more? Do I need to do more?
- December 01, 2021 – My Minimalist Art Experiment, “Abstract Minimalism 1 (in-progress) Part 1, a BeginningA funny thing happened on my way to my newest attempt to correctly ( ie, satisfyingly ) extrapolate a detail shot ( variations of which I’m calling, “Approach” ) of one of my paintings (Autumn Passage) — — during the 2nd lay-in, after applying Light Molding Paste over the canvas, I ended up, when I’d see it from a distance, ie through a door from another room, very much liking its basic look; enough so I decided to try and enhance the current stage of the painting, yet, keep it’s basic minimalism intact 😊
- November 30, 2021 – My Idea for Promoting My WordPress Blog Posts on Twitter (With My Pinned Tweet), Part 4And so far, I’m very pleased with how it’s working. It’s saving me a bit of time, yet also keeping tweets going out promoting my more recent posts. I could probably do with slightly more frequently….
- November 29, 2021 – Fine Art America News : “Easy Morning” and “Walking in Light” Featured in Art Groups + Sold a “If Dads Were” Coffee CupBoth figures in the painting above and below are watercolors, though, Easy Morning is all watercolor on absorbent ground. Walking in Light’s paint, around the figure below, is acrylic; both the watercolor figure and remainder of my painting done on Golden’s Light Molding Paste. Golden has evidently been at improving acrylics a long time, as I learned in this post (with links to Golden’s article), and I can say that for me, working on their molding paste, in watercolor and acrylic, is a real treat!
- November 28, 2021 – My Most Viewed Image This Past Week @FineArtAmerica, Heart FragmentIf it was an amazing process to see older photos and artwork show up on my most viewed list last week (and it was 😊) then this batch is incredible! Work from so many years have shown up, and such a variety! It tells me, one can never quite tell what folks might be looking for day to day, week to week, and it’s nice for me to have the inventory assortment, “almost” a historical diary, of my work
- November 27, 2021 – LOL! I Don’t Like It, But I WANT It! : Preparing More Paintings and Applications for Places to Show and Sell!!I squashed together what I could to show a “fair” sampling of my work recently finished or in-progress right now. There’s more, tucked here and there among these, lol! And on another wall! I choose to consider that a good problem 😊 Seeing these together like tis, If I had to choose one thing tying them all together – the impressionist skews, the abstracted slants, the washes, the thick tones, the high key and (nearly) BW work – I’d say it’s….
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