I did take a number of progress shots that I would like to share with you. The 6th work of art in this series, but the 2nd painting on canvas. The other 4 are digital paintings created in photoshop and have already been posted in June I believe.
Step 1: Paint in a cool color background. I used at least 6 different colors + white to achieve a nice undulating variety creating a background with depth. As you can see in the first image there is a dark blue underneath the lighter blue towards the bottom of the canvas.
Step 2: Paint through a Chevron Stencil with Florescent pink paint from Golden brand paints. I mix white in to increase opacity and contribute to the undulating variation in appearance.
Step 3: Outline chevron paint with a black permanent marker to increase definition.
Step 4: Paint through a Diamond Stencil with florescent orange by Golden brand paints mixing with white for variation. - then outline with black marker.
Step 5: Paint through a small polka dot stencil with florescent yellow paint (on the top left quadrant of the canvas.) then turn the stencil face down on the top right and press it like a stamp to create the reverse image (on the top right quadrant). - Outline the majority of polka dots (top left) in black marker. Use the stencil itself to trace the polka dots inside the circles on the top right. I put a touch of teal paint inside the circles on the top right to disguise whether it was positive or negative space.
Step 6: Using Liquid Pearls Ruby Red dimensional paint from Ranger, I outlined all the polka dots on the top left and all the chevron still visible.
Step 7: Splatter the canvas' left side and bottom half with white paint and florescent yellow.
Step 8: Searched through library for an image of a sail boat. I wanted an image to embed in my painting to add the sense of dreamlike imagination. Having a recognizable image within an abstract or non-representational painting gives the viewer something to relate to and then search the painting from there upon the established foundation.
Step 9: Print out copy of image, cut it out with scissors or craft knife. Using Acrylic matt medium embed the image into the painting.
Step 10: Paint over the image of the ship to tie it into the painting.
Step 11: Using a circle template (a.k.a the bottom of a paint container) trace out a circle and paint in the moon. Titanium White and Paynes Gray were used to create the moon. don't forget to create craters. Paint around the moon with a translucent cool color to push the design back in space creating depth (I used Golden brand Turquois [Phthalo] ).
Step 12: Paint in clouds with Titanium white and Paynes Gray. Thin the paint with water to maintain the translucent quality of the clouds. Don't make them flat opaque - that would flatten the image taking away depth.
Step 13: Paint the edges of the canvas and the sides of the painting with Paynes Gray to push everything back off the surface and create more depth. This step creates a type of vignette giving it an older feeling without the literal color changes to sepia or black and white. I call this stage finished! YAY!
|Dream Adventure II|
Mixed Media Painting on Canvas
16" x 16"