1/28/09

YUPO - NEW JOURNEY

This was finished this morning on YUPO using fluid acrylics, and it was certainly a great journey of discovery to find out what could be done with these acrylics on the YUPO. Several different techniques were used to develop the textures of the brick and walls.

Miskit, masking tape, spritzes of rubbing alcohol on wet paint, spritzes of water on wet paint, splattering with a toothbrush and a brush, salting with popcorn salt, removing paint with alcohol and a tissue, removing paint with alcohol and a squeegee, removing paint with a brush dipped in alcohol...... The possibilities seemed endless, and I enjoyed trying as many different ways to develop the textures as I could think of. Some areas were really wonderful accidents that created delicious textures.

What was best was the fact that once the paint dried, it couldn't be removed, as opposed to painting transparent watercolor on YUPO, which lifts off easily if dampened or brushed over. The look of watercolor is still evident since the fluid acrylics were used - watered down and washed on - just like transparent watercolor.

Click on the painting for an up close look. The reference photo, taken along a Venice alleyway, is posted, too, to show the changes in composition from the original scene to the painting. Seems to be a possibility now to never want to paint on cotton paper again...... It's time to live with the painting a while before making anymore adjustments.

"JOURNEY" Fluid Acrylics on YUPO 14 x 25"

12 comments:

Dawn said...

how lovely! loving the light on the building. this is great Sandy!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Phenomenal, Sandy! Your work on the window grate and muntin bars is a jewel.

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson said...

Wow, I just love the color you have infused into your work that is not in the photo, the blue and the purple is beautiful and I love the way you simplified it and made it your own. THANKS by the way for putting a link my collages on your blog. I am FLATTERED!!

Deb Townsend said...

Sandy, I just love this one!!! And thanks for posting all your techniques, especially on removing paint. I've been playing with some of them today and now I have a few more to try!

meera said...

Wonderful painting! I now am so interested in checking out Yupo and liquid acrylics :) And thanks again for explaining your techniques.

Myrna said...

You really are a master of YUPO! Very exciting idea. I need to explore this material more. You are an inspiration.

Chris Beck said...

This is such a wonderful exploration of textures, Sandy. Fantastic!!

RHCarpenter said...

So on a snowy, icy, cold day, you take a painting trip to Italy! So beautiful and warm :)

Ann Buckner said...

Hi Sandy, hope you have power and are keeping warm. The fluffy snow sounds lovely though.

Love the textural affects you achieved and the warmth in the painting. Lovely piece.

Claudia said...

A wonderful painting, Sandy! - I once tried Yupo paper with wc, but experimented the same thing like you. Maybe I should give it a try with acrylics.

P.S. Thank you for your nice comment on my blog!

Cathy Gatland said...

This sounds like so much engrossing fun - resulting in really beautiful textures and a wonderful painting. I haven't found Yupo here in South Africa, will have to order it to try it out - some day!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thank you so much for all the comments. Blogging is such a neat family and I enjoy visiting so many places too. See you soon.