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Friday, February 27, 2015

Steve's Ba


The background image is an Indian miniature with the figures removed in Photoshop. I don't know if I will use it or not. I like the stylized trees and flowers though. Still pondering.

Texture Highlighted

The addition of a layer of soft gel mixed with iridescent gold, over a glaze of blue, brings out the texture. It reminds me of wet sand at the beach, mysterious marks made by creatures of all sorts.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wings and Sky Today

The light is very yellow, but the wings and sky look good. The gel plus interference gold on the wings turned out to be a bit opaque, but that is not a big deal. The sky looks softer and more luminous, which pleases me. Today I added some shiny ribbons of Clear Tar Gel on the osprey, so that he is not flat against a dimensional sky.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wings and Sky

Working into the Textures
As in the painting "To Make Gold, You Must Take Gold", I am going over the sky texture with soft gel (gloss), mixed in this case with Interference Blue (Fine). I like how the texture gets softened with the gel draped over the chunks.

On the wings, I am using Clear Tar Gel and Interference Gold (Fine) to go over areas that are not unified. In some cases, there is a hard edge on the acrylic skin, and in some cases, the skin is so thick it has crevices in it. I hope this will resolve those issues.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wet-in-Wet Followup

STILL not dry. This technique is probably not going to become a regular part of my process. I am way too impatient. I want to see what this looks like, but until it is completely dry, it will not be clear.

Friday, February 20, 2015

They Make It Look So Easy ...

8x8" Ampersand panel with Golden Hard Molding Paste
In an instructional book section about using acrylic gels to create texture, it says put a layer of hard molding paste on the surface, smooth it (hah! you try smoothing the stuff!), then press objects into it. Well, remember when you walked in mud that sucked your boots right off? That is what happened when I pressed buttons and beads, and the bottom of a spice jar, into this layer of gel. Interesting effects, but really tricky. You have to have some way of pulling the objects back off the gel, and the suction changes the shapes ... but this is the experimental phase! No biggie, I am learning a lot by doing it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ba - Painting of Steve

Ancient Egyptian Concept of the Soul











This project will require sealing the wooden substrate before I can add paint or collage. I am waiting for my sealant (GAC-100) to be delivered, but meanwhile ... I wanted to see if this image would fit. When my mother-in-law died, I felt her spirit at the gravesite, as a bluejay. Then when Steve died, a bluejay visited me just outside my computer room window. That did not happen before or since, so I felt it was Steve visiting me in soul form. The ancient Egyptians considered the Ba to be the form the soul takes after death: a bird with the head of the deceased. 

Experiment with Wet-in-Wet Acrylic

Mystery layer


































I am working on projects that require experimentation. This one has an underpainting of Vivian based upon her final selfie that she uploaded to instagram, titled "Busy Dying". I did not take a pic of the underpainting, drat it all, but now this is how the gel layer looks. The process is to cover the entire piece with a thick layer of soft gel (gloss), paint into it, wet-in-wet, then let it dry to a clear layer over the underpainting. I have no idea what this will finally look like! The idea I had was Vivian's face with an osprey face mask on it. We shall see!

To Make Gold, You Must Take Gold



Constance Painting - This Week's Work

Possibly finished.

Osprey's Ascension This Week's Work

Added more wing segments, added gold on right side, added Second Life Osprey imagery on left