Acrylic on canvas panel 12×16″
I’m done working on this dream symbol.
The light green background is far too close in value to the forms coming out from under the greys after this last sanding, so I’m considering a darker green.
I notice that the mixed colours within the forms themselves are getting increasingly brighter and more sanding should really bring them out.
Filling in the blankish spaces with a colour about equal to pond scum, which is actually very nice. Once satisfied with this background for the brush strokes, then another general sanding with a 120 grit block before carrying on.
I’ve already figured out some fun for the next step… think weaving with gold and silver wire. :)
The best thing about painting like this (for me anyways) is that it has two very interesting advantages; it is really time-consuming and totally dependent on the imagination. Nothing is a fore-gone conclusion as to when, if ever, the piece is ‘done’. I could go on forever with the intricacies and each step along the way has the ability to change the next.
After the first sanding, I’ve a nice bit of colourful chaos going here. The next step will be covering the whitish areas with a similar mixture of the previous application, but leaving the more brilliantly red/blue areas as they are. This will establish what stays visible and what will be covered.
When I’ve got that background worked in, there will be another period of sanding with a finer block so that it should seem very polished.
Then I can go ahead with whatever comes next, because I have no idea yet. :)
Covered entire surface and sides with a mixed paint: a droplet of Quinacridone nickel azo gold with a substantial quantity of iridescent silver and half again of titanium white.
Once thoroughly dried, I will be sanding it down with a 120 block and baking soda (to carry away paint particles). This should expose all the thick paint underneath and make for an interesting background to whatever I decide to do next.
This is the way a painting can almost paint itself, if you get my drift.
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