In my recent “play date” post I showed you some work that I had started back in August and finished later. Today’s post features another piece that was started that day and finally finished just last week. I’ve still got a couple of others that are in progress. I hope they’ll be worth the wait like this one was! Here are some images of it during our day of outdoor play/creation.
That’s all that was done that day and then it came back to my studio and sat around for quite some time before I continued with it. As I was working on some other creations last week I began dabbling with this piece again. First a nice coat of blue and some blue/green were added to the piece. Mmmm, yup, I liked where it was heading but I really wanted it to have some POP. So I dropped on some bright red acrylic ink and then sprayed the drops with a mist of water to let the color run & flow through the texture of the piece.
Oooh, yeah! To be honest I was about *this* close to stopping right here. 🙂 But I didn’t! I liked it but felt like there was too much blue area that had no real detail to it. Nope, that just wouldn’t do. Out came more inks, more water and more fun!
Now I was even happier with it! I left it alone for quite a while because it was soaking, dripping, puddling wet. Later that evening I went to check on it and found some areas still covered with wet paint. I just couldn’t keep my hands off of it. Literally! I took my fingers and smeared the paint here & there, dabbing it and generally having a great little finger-painted session. 🙂 Some things you never grow out of…I still love getting my fingers in paint! It was late at night when I finally quit messing with it and left it on my work desk to dry overnight.
I expected that the colors would fade quite a bit when it dried since they’d been quite diluted with the water. Surprisingly it held more color than I thought and it had blended together beautifully! A layer of clear acrylic glaze added to the depth of the texture and enhanced the color as well. I wouldn’t change a thing about it! I’m anxious to take it out “in the world” and plan to have it on display at upcoming shows. If you can’t wait to see it in person remember that you can always make an appointment to visit my studio – I love to have visitors to share my artwork with!
See you soon,