Friday, November 11, 2022
Breakthrough, water lilies, mixed media
The young flower was coming up under a lily pad. Got some interesting photos of this area while I was out working En Plein Aire (on location). Originally, I just wanted to capture the warm morning sunlight chasing the cool shadows away. It made the many shades of green into a feast for the eyes! But I got carried away with the impasto, hidden critters, and beads. I also added glitter paint here and there for a little extra shimmer in the water.
The impasto effects are made with heavy gesso and a palette knife. Some of the lily pads, lotus flowers, and the little stick that the snail is on are built up with it.
The baby turtle is actually a metal charm that I primed with a primer that is made for use on metal (so the paint doesn't peel off). He was just too shiny to leave unpainted! I wanted him to blend in more.
The dragonfly is made from paper clay, which is an air-dry clay with paper fibers added to it for strength. I used a mold to make it. Paper clay is wonderful to work with for mixed media projects. It receives acrylic paint well. I added iridescent paint into hues of blue for his color.
The snail is made from a resin mold that a friend gave to me. Resin molds are harder to work with and are not easily painted over. I used a special primer (different than the one used on metal) to get the snail to receive the acrylic paint. Again, I wanted to get him to blend in.
Gel medium (matte) and acrylic modeling paste were used for adhesives. (I use professional-grade primers, paints, mediums, and sealers for longevity.)
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