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Friday, May 29, 2015

Humidity Here is Amazingly High

How Long Is This Going to Take?
I am not at all sure the gel on the snake (lower right) is going to turn clear. I hoped it would, but it has been over a week now and it is still cloudy. However, as you may have seen on the weather news, we have had unbelievable amounts of rainfall in the area, and the air is saturated. Acrylic gels do not dry or cure well in these conditions.

Our weather gurus are predicting a very dry period ahead, which should allow the gels to cure.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Castor and Pollux

Gellin' Again

Waiting for the Cure

Ghostly Bird and Serpent
You can see the underlying paint beginning to peek through the gel, which still has a day or two to finish drying and curing.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Metallic Rainbow Wash - BEFORE

Greenish Wash over Black Textured Paint
I am really curious about how this will appear once it is dried. The black really gives a pop to the lighter wash. I got the metallic rainbow wash idea from Nancy Reyner's book Acrylic Illuminations. I used a couple of drops each of fluid Green Gold acrylic, Micaceous Iron Oxide, Iridescent Pearl, and Interference Blue. It should be interesting!

Adding Depth

Ma Gellin!
I woke around 2:45AM and decided to work on the effects I had been visualizing. I put a fairly thick coating of soft gel gloss onto the bird and the serpent. In the case of the serpent, I left it plain, so it will dry clear and the blue-green raised dots and lines will be fully visible. For the bird, I added Interference Blue-Green to change the blue violet a little. I like how the edges are showing, especially where her hair goes over the bird.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Squeezing Again ...

The Man with the Orange Face (detail)
I wanted these crawdads to be more visible, so I used paint lines and dots on them. In my dream they had long whip aerial-like feelers. They were really creepy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jai Narayan Flatley - New Work

Jai Narayan Flatley lives in Vermont, and has been painting for many years.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Exercise to Prime the Painting Pump
Robyn Not

After a week of being unable to get into the studio to work, I had no idea where to begin. I opened a book I got recently, Acrylic Painting with Passion, by Tesia Blackburn, and did one of her suggested exercises, a blind contour drawing of a still life, and got the old pump going again. Then I worked on one of the paintings of Robyn I started months ago. Yesterday I put in the squiggly lines in the background. Today I worked on the face, hair and bird, and then I put in the raised dots on her scarf (or whatever she was holding up at the time she took the photo). I really enjoyed this work.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Golden Waterfall Detail

I hope the colored buttons will show through the gold, but I have no guarantee they will. I like the texture and the subtle colors showing anyway.

Golden Waterfall

Friday, May 01, 2015

Betsy Detail

Her eye is quite visible in the actual painting but gets lost when I shoot a pic, so here is a closeup.

Squeeze Bottle Mania

I have been waiting for my empty squeeze bottles to arrive, and I guess this is my squeeze-bottle debut! I did go a little wild with them. This has become a dotty painting!