Friday, May 6, 2016

Flower of the Sun

This is my latest sunflower painting! I did a background wash in acrylic ink and watercolor a really long time ago and decided to let it sit until the right idea came to me to finish it. I've been working on it off and on all week. I kept thinking I was finished and then I'd look at it and realize...'wait! I need to change THIS and then I needed to change THAT' and on and on!!!!!!! I wasn't sure I would ever get it to the point where I was happy with it and didn't want to change anything! So, finally, today, after quite a few small changes, I'm HAPPY with it!!!! YAY!!!!!!!

I painted with watercolor and acrylic inks. This mixture of paints allows transparency contrasted with opacity. It's very interesting to develop the painting over the initial wash and allow some areas of the background to show through and to cover other areas with opaque paint. So it is a process of working in layers and visualizing not only the effects of what the paint will do, but the effect of covering the background or painting around it. It can make for very rewarding pieces due to the complexity of working in this manner.
"Flower of the Sun" • Original mixed watermedia on Arched 140# cold press paper • 15" x 11"
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