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"
This painting was a quick class demo that turned out alright ... from many years ago ... and reminds me of today. The key word here is 'QUICK.'
Because of the natural spontaneity of watercolor, it's a great thing to splash some paint on the paper with an idea in mind and see what happens. The key is leaving it alone, touching it only a bit where it matters, and not working it to death to make it 'better.'
Some artists can naturally and intuitively do this, but for me it's a struggle. I love when it happens, though.
Now I'm off to PLAN another painting .... or change my plans and just paint by the seat of my pants. We'll see.
"SOLITUDE" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Arches 12 x 17" COLLECTED