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.