Wednesday’s Blog is something New…
Well, as many of you know,
we went to France with the Clarity Team for a week.
It was fabulous.
I couldn’t have wished for a better crew to go with!
Back in Blighty now, and back to work and reality.
But between you and me, aside from chilling with the team, I did set myself a task; I wanted to get more comfortable working on canvas, and make a start on mixed media. Not having an art education, this kind of big art
has always seemed quite daunting, and knowing where to start has always been the issue.
I had already had a mild seizure with the smaller magpies canvas earlier on in the week, when things got very VERY dark…
But do you know what?
There came a point in the middle of the project, where I just gave up trying to get it right, and just went with it.
I think that’s when I moved over into the art for art’s sake realm.
And I enjoyed that feeling so much,
I decided to tackle another one.
This one was done using
an even larger canvas,
Pebeo Glass paint,
Golden Open Acrylics
the Chinese Lanterns Stencils
I drew a horse’s head first, with a charcoal pencil,
then painted it with watered down open acrylics. I added some gel medium, after reading that water alone is no good.
Also, I worked out that if you paint a thin layer of water, like a wash, into the area you want to paint, the paint flows much better.
Then I stacked stencils and Grunge Paste
around the edges.
If you add layers of glass paint, and blot them,
you get this amazing gritty look!
The thing about canvas is it gives you beautiful texture.
and as you add layers of colour over the raised grunge paste images, the paint stays in the grooves.
There is a lot of history around horses here in Bretagne,
and when our hosts saw this artwork, they immediately talked about the mystical horse and the unicorn.
So I liked the sound of that!
The trick is to not get too hung up on what it looks like half way through! About 3 hours into this one, it looked so dreadful, I really thought there was no coming back.
But I really didn’t want to abandon ship; so once again I reached the creative crossroads, where you just roll your sleeves up and start experimenting, to see what will happen.
Sometimes I wish I had gone to art college; then I would have so much more knowledge. But then again, not knowing anything is quite empowering, too, because you have no rules. You just know where you want to end up and you start moving in that general direction. You make your own findings and rules!
I hope you like it. I learned so much in the process, and my hope is that the more of these I do, the more control over the various paints and techniques I will get.
I certainly learned what NOT to do next time!
On the next TV show on June 1st, Mel has illustrated a couple of formidable wooden horses, which we have converted in to beautiful stamps. So for those of you who say you cannot draw, hang on a bit; the new horses are magnificent.
Let’s make a card again tomorrow.
Put my comfortable shoes on again!