2/19/09

BEFORE & AFTER

Some paintings don't work out at all, and some fall just short enough that they torment me. One of those was a painting of two huge pigeons, a big painting, 27" by 43", cut from a roll of hot pressed Arches paper. The original was posted last fall, but now it's posted again so you can see what a difference one wash of color can make to a painting.

First, the pure whites on the birds were misketed to protect them from any more paint. Some of the blues were also miskited for the same reason. Then, the entire surface of the paper was sprayed, which didn't harm the fluid acrylics in any way. Using a large brush to glaze over the whole painting, I washed on Transparent Pyrrol Orange, a beautiful fluid acrylic color from Golden. DaVinci may carry it too.
Popcorn salt was sprinkled over the damp, glistening glaze in a few areas to allow the colors underneath to surface. After the orange glaze dried, some more darks were also added in the background to help settle it down.

I'm much happier with it now, and it'll be one to take this weekend to Indianapolis for my demo at the Watercolor Society of Indiana meeting. If you have time, let me know if you like the change. The newly glazed one is the first one posted. Thanks.

11 comments:

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

The glazing looks wonderful to me. It gives it a punch.

Dawn said...

ohhh ahhh I like the warmer color. Very cool Sandy!

Ann Buckner said...

Hi Sandy, What a difference the glazing made. I do like the glazed version much better. It looks so alive with warmth.

Vicki Greene said...

Wow what a difference. The first was a good painting but the changes made it so much more vibrant, warm and inviting. It is so good to see your watercolors again.

meera said...

I like the two older version of pigeons, but the newer foliage and ground are fabulous! :)

Chris Beck said...

Much livelier with the changes you made! I like it a lot.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Sandy...I will ALWAYS go for the slightly warmer colors! I like this one a lot and it looks to be more alive to me. Good luck!

Sandy said...

The warmth in that top one, is so beautiful!!! I love this.

Deb L├ęger said...

The newly glazed painting is beautiful and warm - though I really liked the older version too. They make me think of early morning and late afternoon lighting. Can I ask why you sprayed it before glazing? I'm so nosy, aren't I?

Michelle Himes said...

Either way, it's a terrific painting. I can't decide which version I like best. Too bad you couldn't keep both. :-)

Sandy, I just looked at your album of Yupo paintings, and all I can say is Wow!!!!! I could entertain myself for hours looking at these. Your Yupo's are by far the best I've ever seen!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thank you everyone, for your comments. 'THEY' say that warmer temperature paintings sell better, too, so maybe that's another reason to make me like this way better. We'll see.

In response to Deb's comment about why spray the painting before glazing -- when using fluid acrylics on dry paper, they instantly leave a hard edge wherever the brush touches. On wet paper, there's no edge created so that's why I had to spray the whole paper.

It's the weirdest thing to spray or brush water over the whole painted acrylic picture and not have anything move or bleed, like it would with watercolors. It's pretty cool. Learned this in a Nick Simmons workshop, along with about a thousand other wonderful tips! Thanks, Nick.

And Meere, I did like the coolness of those original birds and tried to maintain some of it. My son saw the pix tong=ight and asked me what show I was going to enter it in.