Progress is being made on the tall grasses. I am using the Stretch Medium
to give the paint stringiness and it also creates a built-up texture.
The paint over the herons must be brushed smooth so as not to obscure them. They will be painted in soon. You can see that the stretched paint has quite a bit of thickness. I want the painting to be unusual and hope it will draw people in.
This is a mock up of some of the local rabbits around my yard. I collect pictures of the wildlife and foliage around me and use them in my paintings.
More leafing has been applied to the water area. Along with the gold zinc-copper leaf is some pure silver leaf. The silver leaf is much more fragile but I'm not trying to be perfect, just get it on. All of this leafing will tarnish over time but it's not a problem because I like the tarnished appearance better than when new. The zinc-copper develops a variegated appearance, still shiney. The silver is new for me so we'll see how it becomes over time but I suspect it will dull down like old silverware. After the leafing is applied and the adhesive has dried I seal it with a thin coat of the Hybrid Paint Medium
. This will hold off the tarnish for a couple of years.
This is a new painting, Blue Herons, hopefully for a lady who takes her dog to the dog grooming shop we both use for our pooches. She missed out on another Heron painting which was on display at the grooming shop. Another customer bought it which is what happens sometimes. I will display this one in the shop and see if it gets any bites, much like fishing:)
After the drawing stage I block in the basics using a wash. There are no paint thinners used in this wash and yes, it is a wash using oil paints. The Wash Medium
has a very small amount of oil paint mixed into it. It is fast drying and permanent once it dries.
Taken a few years ago, this is my main easel, there are 2. One is for smaller paintings. That's Bubbles our dog in the laundry basket. He now has a huge doggy bed in that spot. Bubs weighs 10 lbs. and he's a comedian.