I don’t have a favorite yet between the two above paintings-in-progress, though I love certain things about each one ❤️
First, in the vertical upper top painting above, the acrylic greens over the varying red shades of watercolor shimmer and stain and reveal the uneven watercolor coat in surprising ways; possibly also because of the textured application of light molding paste underneath both. I have an application of light molding paste in off-center left of the same figure and two dogs in the horizontal watercolor version also above, but the unexpected holiday feel of the greens and rose colors immediately appealed to my wife, so I may adjust the molding and create something more “holiday-ish” for the center. As noted, I’d tentatively titled this work, “Holiday Walk,” but I might be missing an unexpected opportunity to create a really nice holiday image here, may be with a church steeple or such. We’ll see 😊
Second, in my tentatively titled, “Fantasy Walk,” I’ve only watercolor over the light molding paste. Again I am amazed how the pigment and water soak into the grounds, and how beautifully the tones appear. I like it even better than paper, though the latter still has great appeal for me, and can take lots of “studies” a lot less expensively than on canvas coated with the absorbent grounds. Here, my challenge with the figure and her two dogs, is integrating them into the overall color scheme and sense of abstracted 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 think. Again, we’ll see 😊
Below are some detail shots for each version —
The figure in the detail above is faintly visible in the green/red acrylic, which if I decide to switch up and make more “holiday-ish”, I could wet-sand them down a bit. Or overlay more light molding paste to reflect a totally different view and (hopefully) final fulfilling feel ☺️
Immediately below is my initial textured overlay with light molding paste onto canvas. Both canvases btw are 16×20. It’s probably apparent I had a landscape with a path in mind for the lady and her two dogs to meander on.
What I didn’t count on was the oddly (to me) strangely beautiful atmospheric abstract-like feel of the overall piece. Setting the figure and her two pets in was tricky at best, but I think I pulled off that part okay. It’s gonna be painting the trio that’s gonna be make or break, or bend? 😏 😊
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