I don't know how it started but I generally use a colour shaper , from 1 inch to 5 inches, for adding and removing paint during the early block in stage. I have not shown it's use recently so I thought I would share this attempt. I use it with transparent liquid acrylics ( preference for me is Golden) to layer in a value underpainting of either a mono colour or include the colours that will be used in most large shapes as I did with this piece.
There is something about the physicalness of swiping on and removing as needed that gets me into the feeling of the painting. I think it forces abstraction and helps me to avoid over-representation in my work. I particularly like using it when I want a degree of randomness and colour and when I will use opaques to carve out shapes negatively - as in the case of the rocks and trees in this piece.
But mostly I just enjoy it- it gets me in the mood and into my painting.
The initial sketch was done using water soluble pencils followed by acrylic markers once I was happy with my plan.
|Initial value sketch - pencil on paper - to light, mid light, mid dark and dark |
|Multiple layers of transparents, dark at the base and warmer for the trees|
|Green gold wash over entire piece|
|Beginning to shape trees using pre mixed opaque - thinly over yellow underpainting |
|Examples of colour shapers used|
|Almost finished shaping sky and water|
Autumn Passage Acrylic on Canvas 24x36
So now into a frame and sit with it for a few days to see what it needs.
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