Cattails – Mixed Media on Paper – 4 x 8 inches
I had cattails in my head when I woke up this morning. Crazy, I know. So I had to paint some.
I don’t like to paint with acrylics straight onto paper as the paper sucks up too much paint. I always put a layer of gesso on first, hence the mixed media on paper thing. I am currently using up my stash of Bockingford as I have put my watercolors to one side for a while. Right now, I am all about texture, layering and trying to paint a bit of nature. Painting with a limited pallet is also helpful. For this painting I used W&N Ultramarine Blue, Payne’s Grey, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Golden Yellow Ochre heavy body, Liquitex Muted Turquoise soft body, and a glazing medium. I used a credit card for the grasses.
I’m going to see if I can squeeze a few more small paintings in before the end of 2016!
Winter Poppies – Mixed Media on Paper – 8×8 inches.
Here is something I knocked up earlier today. I tried out some new tools. I bought a few cake icing embossers and used them to make a pattern in the gesso. I think they might be great for painting patterns too. There is a lot of texture and pattern going on here which was the intention.
Here is a close up:
It isn’t very wintery where I live, so I thought I would create something from my head.