30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 23
Finding that balance....the tricky part.
After a long bout with a nasty virus, I needed a little extra tension to boost my art mojo. So I dove into a jar of crackle paste. I've never used it, had no instructions AND the jar had been purchased at a flea market, so the contents were dried out and old. If you add some water and a LOT of mashing and smashing, it will revitalize into something really pasty and satisfying. The undercoat of this piece is a heap load of crackle paste, scored to smithereens with many texture tools. This is what gives the trees their lovely lines and grainy grooves, which are quite 3-dimensional in real life. It is probably the most wonderful group of painted trees I've ever made. I will be doing this again and again.
Here in south Florida, it is difficult to get a real nature fix in a hurry. I am feeling the call of the wild...a desire to hike amongst tall trees and listen to songbirds while crunching through leaves and blazing trails through undergrowth. In lieu of that, a suburban hike over to the neighborhood park to peek at the burrowing owl nests will do in a pinch. I hadn't seen them since Hurricane Irma. But there they were, peeking out of their holes. I didn't get close enough for a pic (Pongo is not a stealthy owl viewer), so enjoy this video of burrowing owls in nearby Cape Coral:
2/23/2018 08:43:58 am
Jen, those trunks and branches! That little profile peeking out from inside a capacious cloak hood! That skinny spindleshank of an arm! WOW!
2/23/2018 08:57:42 am
Spindleshank! My new favorite word
2/23/2018 12:21:57 pm
aha! I hadn't thought of your taping the trunk and branch shapes; I just knew you hadn't created them by painting negative space freehand : )
2/23/2018 01:15:31 pm
I am all about the shortcuts, Dotty!
2/23/2018 11:23:24 am
So first you put on the paste and then you paint? Amazing! Didn't see that profile till I read Dotty's comment! Now it pops out... at first it almost looked like some sort of cat! I would say balance on the slight side of tension. No tension and our viewer goes back into its hole!
2/23/2018 11:33:32 am
yes! It's fun stuff! You plaster the board with the paste, score it to your heart's content, then let it dry. It crackles and splits as it dries, leaving even more texture. Then you paint over it. Or, in my case, I mixed the crackle paste with black gesso so that the entire first layer would be dark. It is mad fun!!!!
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