Wednesday, June 30, 2010
abstract bands of color making distance and marble dust recipe
Simplify the composition and just tune in to the beauty of the bands of color.
Intentionally I chose 3 bands (with a gradation on the bottom one) of value without much to signify distance. The only tools were value and color. Warm choices in the trees closest and cooler farther away...it's as simple as that. Of course since the water was still so the muddy bottom affected all the colors.
A few people have asked for a basic marble dust ground recipe. I usually do it like a cook...no measuring. But this time I took out those underused measuring cups to give you a recipe.
1 cup gesso
1/4 or so marble dust or fine pumice
and then add water till it reaches the consistency of house paint.
I would say in the vicinity of 1/8 cup or less..it really depends on your gesso
support- gatorboard (no need to coat other side, masonite, or thick rag paper
I like to spread it with a foam painting brush 1 /12 inch. Sometime I add some more defined brush strokes with a real brush. I really try to keep the stroking haphazard. Make a thin layer, two thins are far better than one thick. I really don't know why that is, it just is.
You can also use acrylic gel medium. I like this as well, but I think the watercolor goes better (read more intense)on the gesso.
When painting I carry my sander so that I can manipulate the surface to to smoother if necessary. I sanded the entire surface for this painting.