This painting started out with an overall wash on white gessoed paper, creating a medium to medium light value of randomly placed colors over the whole sheet. After the paint dried, I lightly sketched in the subject matter, then lifted off the lighter areas. Darks were added as needed, but almost half of the painting remained untouched, leaving the original color wash in place.

Don Getz demonstrated this technique several years ago at the Cincinnati Art Club, and his works literally glows when he works like this on gesso. Watercolor painted on top of gesso always results in fabulous textures and vivid colors, and the nice part is that the paint will lift off easily in most areas. (Until YUPO came along, I painted on gessoed watercolor paper a lot. Next month I'll be doing a demo on YUPO at the Cincinnati Art Club, but I have not selected a subject yet.)

Painting on both YUPO and gessoed paper is like making new year's resolutions. If you don't like how it's going (the past year,) you can wipe it off and start fresh (like our new year's resolutions.) May all your resolutions for the new year result in positive, creative growth in your life!

"AHOY" Transparent Watercolor on Arches 140# CP covered with gesso, 14 x 21"


Tracy Wandling said...

I have SOOOOO enjoyed cruising through your site! Your paintings are beautiful, and your descriptions of your techniques are very helpful to this beginning pianter (that's me). I shall be visiting often!

Suzanne said...

So, here's my question. How do you fix a yupo painting? Or do you have to?

(Happy New Year!)

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hi Suzanne and Happy New Year!
I do not put any fixative on my YUPO paintings anymore. Some people spray either Blair or Krylon satin finish fixative over the entire sheet, and some spray just around the edges in case it's handled in a frame shop, etc. When I used to spray them, I'd apply a light coat, then wait five minutes or so and reapply. Also, do not use salt on YUPO since the salt can draw moisture and rewet the paint on the YUPO even months after it's already dry and framed. Let me know if I answered your question ok.

Suzanne said...

Yes, that's great. Thanks for taking the time!