Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Star Polyhedron Shape
A Study of Light and Shadow
Oil on 8x6 hardboard panel
I've been a little frustrated lately with my paintings. It seems I can't control the paint as well as I'd like to, and that leads to a lot of scraping off and repainting. So. I decided to take a step back and find out what I could do to improve my painting experiences.
I made up a few panels, coating them with different grounds, like a gray acrylic paint, gesso, or some acrylic medium. Then once dry, I tried a few different things on the panel before I painted, like a film of linseed oil, or liquin, or a mixture of both. Then I thought I would paint a picture of something rather basic just to try things out. So, I made this white star shape (copying it after one that one of my children had made in grade school :-) and painted it. And, I have to say, I found the paint to go on better, spread better and I had better control, which made me very happy. I went on to paint a few more things, which I still have to finish. I'll have them posted over the next few days.