I have been experimenting with pastels lately and love mixing them with gesso and acrylic paint. There are so many beautiful colors in pastels that I can't always find with paints so mixing them with paint or gesso has been a great experiment for me. Golden makes a great product, Acrylic Ground for Pastels which creates a great, gritty surface to apply the pastels and when you apply it with a pallete knife it creates texture and depth in your paintings. I love this stuff!
I really like painting over the fabric. I found, though that I had to do quite a bit of sanding to distress and imbed the fabric deeper in the work. Finding an old eyelet blouse of mine, I promptly ripped up to use in this piece, which you can see on the figure.
I filmed this whole process and will be teaching a class. Details coming soon. Thanks for visiting!
|Here is the start of this painting. I used matte medium to collage papers and fabrics (vintage hankies and linens).|
|I apply soft pastels in different areas of the painting to block in colors.|
|I paint with both acrylic titanium white and gesso and mix the pastels to create tones.|
|I then concentrate on the face using acrylics and alcohol inks.|
|I have some reference of birds on a branch to create the linear image next to the figure.|
|I collage over some areas to pull the piece together.|
|The final painting.|
|Here is a close up of the side...lots of texture to look at.|
|Here is a close up of the figure.|