August 18, 2021 – Another New (but related) Most Viewed Image For the Week @FineArtAmerica, “Testing the Water” : #Acrylic on Light Molding Paste on Canvas #ContemporaryImpressionism

Testing the Water ©Felipe Adan Lerma 16x20 acrylic on canvas over Golden's light molding paste
Testing the Water ©Felipe Adan Lerma 16×20 acrylic on canvas over Golden’s light molding paste

For nearly two months now, my more recent softer original watercolors and now an acrylic along the same style have been my most seen images of mine on my site at Fine Art America! Plus figure art work has dominated all but one of those 7 weeks 😊

Since I have an excellent post w/preview excerpt images in a recent blog upload, I won’t go into as much detail as some times.

I will say that the Light Molding Paste from Golden I used in two recent paintings (one a watercolor and one – this one – acrylic) indicate this’ll be on of my favored over-gesso applications on canvas for both mediums.


A recent except to the above trend is one of my Barton Creek Greenbelt Austin posters I just upload a few days ago at Fine Art America, Morning Light. It rang up a respectable 2nd most viewed to Testing the Water. Totally different type image, yet again with a certain emphasis on “light” 😊

Direct link to my blog post about Morning Light above 😊


Because of my mom’s recent passing, I’m still not spending my usual time painting or posting (within each post). I want to thank all the good wishes and prayers from everyone, here and on FaceBook, and am grateful to have made contact with so many of my family, some of which (because of the pandemic) I hadn’t been able to see for quite awhile, and to try and reflect in my own life my mom’s consistent love for the children (grandchildren & more) in her life 💕

I do feel I am more fully absorbing my mom’s impact on my life, particularly creatively, and hope to see progress in painting figures, with expression, with love, with involvement in the world around us, even if it’s “just” the colors and light in the world we’re immersed within ☺️

Til then, please stay well. It’s good for all of us ♥️


Direct link to my blog post above 😊

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  • September 24, 2021 – New Most Viewed Image For the Week @FineArtAmerica, Ridges of Spring Light, #watercolor, painted late 2019
    I’ve recently been including Ridges of Spring Light in several of my blog posts about dappled light and masking fluid, not because it was meant to “be” dappled light, or that I used masking fluid creating it, though it does have three distinct areas of canvas (coated with absorbent ground to accept watercolors). No, Ridges of Spring Light contains a sense of dappleness, often created with masking fluid, and I used that image here to illustrate the idea that a variable sense of light sometimes just comes about, even in an abstract.
  • September 23, 2021 – Walking in Dappled Light Study 1, #Watercolor on Paper, Masking Fluid Removed
    There’s a lot I like about how this looks with the masking fluid gone (removed prev night and slept on the shock of seeing the changes, lol!) – which doesn’t mean though I’m not looking at what to try to improve how I feel about this work 😊 Initially, 1st impression, I was determined to restore & “correct” some of the changes —
  • September 22, 2021 – Walking in Dappled Light Study 1, #Watercolor on Paper; 1st Paint Lay-in with Masking Fluid
    At 9×12 on 140lb x watercolor paper, I was able to use my brushes fairly effectively where I wanted them, and applied some Turner masking fluid (with a thin palette knife) “fairly” easy. And yes, some foot proportions are off a bit, lol, and her back blouse almost looks like it’s the front, but all in not too bad toward my primary priority – quickly achieve some degree of dappling look. Once the masking fluid comes off though, it could be very different….
  • September 21, 2021 – Initial Review of “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by James Nestor
    I’d been doing a day to day posting of a continuing study-sketch project with figures in a watercolor landscape and ran into a time roadblock – grandchild, groceries, fitness (walking, yoga, Essentrics), picking up line art to practice-paint at my printer, etc 😊 and wasn’t able to wiggle any more time to work on that project and write about it, so… I took a deep breath and picked up a book (virtually, via my Kindle Reader, lol!) The editorial reviews often mentioned this read like a novel & my intro and beginning pages already confirm that.
  • September 20, 2021 – Dappled Light, “Figures in a Landscape Study” Still Not Done, But, Already a Learning Tool For Me!
    “Learning Tool for Me” is part of my blog title today simply ’cause I’ve looking at this post as specifically geared to get me where I wanna go – keeping in mind my destination is a generalized abstraction of image / feeling / and intuitive aspiration (hopefully including figurative work) & it’s reached a point of development over my previous renditions that I now need to put my resolve into concrete, hopefully creative, useful thoughts for my future directions. Lot of contradictions. Like life. Like me 😊 Here goes (for now) —
  • September 19, 2021 – Dappled Light, “Figures in a Landscape Study” Continued
    Just a quick post updating yesterday’s release showing what I’ve changed/added on to a watercolor on paper I’d 1st posted about on Sept 7th…A bigger factor in today’s image update is the addition of more “white”.


Thanks again, everyone! 😊


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  1. […] atmosphere. I did a little of this with an acrylic figure in an overall acrylic work recently ( Testing the Water ), but this one, with the overall background so softly intense, is gonna be more a challenge I […]

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    • Aww, thank you, Robin! ‘Course some of those textures are real, via the light molding paste 😊 with a few enhancements here and there, lol! I’d read ages ago that Monet would put a dab or line of darker color under his lighter tones to help them stand out – every once in awhile I remember to try that 😊


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