Saturday, April 19, 2008

"Happy Planter" --- SOLD



This was an experiment. I re-tried some 8"x8"gessoboard (that I didn't like the first time). I started out using my regular brushes and found very quickly they were way to stiff, and barely laid any color down. Then I tried some brushes I recently bought and tried on my regular canvas surface - American Painter flats - (the same kind Karin Jurick uses) and found they were perfect for this smooth surface (they didn't work at all on my regular surface - too soft). I did end up wiping once and starting over as I realized I had to be a little more careful than normal in getting colors where I wanted them from the beginning. I couldn't fudge as much and fix later without getting messy fast. I really enjoyed this, and I REALLY enjoyed painting a face, even though it was made of clay. : )

10 comments:

Ann Reyes said...

Love it!!!

Mary Spires said...

Hey Carol, I too, just love those brushes that Karin used for the smooth surface of the gessoed boards. Love this painting, the colors have such harmony, plus the brush strokes are soooo painterly!

Dianne Mize said...

What I really enjoy in this one, Carol, is your work in the shadows, the crisp angle at which you caught them and the variation of colors you caught/created.

Andrea Shishmanian said...

Carol- I'm curious- How long do you wait to varnish a piece? Thanks!
Andrea
andreashish.blogspot.com

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love the crispness of your edges always in play with the softness, if that makes any sense. The paintings vibrate. There's a spareness there that feels SO FRESH.
About the brushes, I use mostly bristles on all surfaces but I'm considering changing to some different ones because of the slippery surface of the gessoboard that I use. Thanks for the tip there.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I forgot to mention that you have an amazing range of color here without overworking it.

Tara Wheeler said...

I use a lot of synthetic watercolor brushes on my gessobord.

And I use Q-tips and a rubber brush thingie (it's shaped like a wedge) to pull up paint when I don't want to wipe the whole thing.

I really, really like the mix of colors in this.

You'll have to try more faces! :)

Have fun experimenting!

Cooper Dragonette said...

Carol, Great job on color and the face. Reflection is wonderful as well!

Jason Waskey said...

I agree with the others... the face is great! Great capture of the gesture.

Susan Carlin said...

I can feel a portrait coming on.... Can't wait! This painting is so fun to look at. For all the reasons stated above, and for the expression on the face of the pot.