2/21/08

YUPO, OIL, & WATER

Our older son loves to fish, and he says that this is one of his favorite paintings that I've done. Created on YUPO paper, this time with a totally different approach, the painting really astounded me with how it turned out.

The bubbles "showed up" when I spritzed Murphy's Oil Soap, mixed half and half with water, onto the wet paint. By tipping the paper slightly, I was able to suggest a lot of movement in the water.

I made sure the fish area was a darker shape while all the paint was still wet. I'd miskited the white lines on the the fish before I ever added paint to the YUPO surface, and it was easy to lift off the miskit after the paint dried by using some rolled up masking tape.

Final touches were to paint in the details needed on the fish. Oil and water don't mix, but they sure helped make a believable deep blue sea!

"DEEP" Transparent Watercolor on YUPO 26 x 20"

7 comments:

Suzanne said...

It IS astounding! And beautiful. Murphy's Oil Soap? ! Hmmmm....

Dawn said...

this is a lovely painting Sandy! so I have a question, why did you miskit the fish, when yupo is so easy to lift?

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks, Suzanne. Yep, half and half water and MO Soap! Cool! Taylor Ikin from Florida told me about it once while she was sitting for Janet Rogers to sketch her. Try it - but realize you can't paint very well later where the oil hits the YUPO.

Dawn, I 'miskit' where I want a crisp white line or shape. Even though I could lift the paint off easily from the YUPO surface, I dislike taking the extra time to get it sharp or crisp. Also, the miskit can be removed if I mess up, but if I'd lift too big of an area of paint, it's no fun trying to blend paint back into the area later on the YUPO. Blending or making graded shapes on YUPO is more than challenging. But I LOVE YUPO!

Niclas Jönsson said...

Thanks for your kind words Sandy! It´s a feast for my eyes to look att your art and the way you handle the craft! You´re a true inspiration for me! Sincerely: Niclas Jönsson, Linköping, Sweden.

Dawn said...

that was my guess Sandy, as I noticed it was hard to go and fix spots in yupo after you have the main work done. what do you use to fix the painting on yupo?

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hi Niclas,
Thanks for stopping. Your work is great to look at too.

Dawn, I do not spray my YUPO paintings with anything when I'm done, just in cse I want to go back and do more later. The only special care needed is that no slightly moist thumbs or fingers touch the painting.

Tracy Wandling said...

Simply amazing. It's all there...reflections, light dancing on water, the running stream, the color of rocks under the water...yup...simply amazing.