Saturday, August 2, 2014

Work in Progress: Building up Layers

work in progress
mixed media 16 x 20 inch panel

This past week in the art class I am attending, we talked about building up textures before painting in any subjects or figures.  I started two new paintings...one in oil...one in mostly acrylic.  These photos are the acrylic work.

detail of WIP

I used this new-to-me concept...to build the texture and interesting strokes first, and then paint in the story.


detail of WIP

It is a bit difficult for me to just think about colors and texture first because I want to see the story come alive right away.  


detail of WIP

A problem that can occur with adding the texture first is that bumps and lines can appear where you may not want them.  On the face, for example.  However, that can be fixed easily with sandpaper.  I just have to learn to not get attached to things in the painting too quickly.  For example, this droopy sad face below.  I love it, but there are areas that need help, so it will likely have to change. 


detail of WIP

I started this painting using a palette knife.  That is the best way to get the thick layers immediately.  There are also several acrylic washes done with brushes, sponges and washcloth.  I love how every little tool makes a different mark.

You can click on the photos to see the details more clearly.

Have a great weekend.  Thanks for your visit!

22 comments:

  1. This is looking very interesting. I think it must be difficult to paint your figures on a heaverly textured background. I look forward to seeing the oil painting

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    1. Thank you Fuzzie! It is very difficult to paint faces on texture...so I am looking for ways to have texture, but not add difficulties to the figures.

      Thanks for your visits and comments as always!

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  2. So interesting to read about your class and process. This is how I paint - and I am thrilled to get texture and odd marks lying beneath my figures and stories. And this piece you are working on is fabulous -- I love that sad face - the moment I saw it. I hope you try and keep it. In fact I love this piece just as it is -- has such a dreamy quality. It makes me think of you and your sisters and your mom and houses in heaven. It's beautiful.

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    1. Judy, I love everything about this comment and have thought about it since I read it. Thank you. I am not looking at this painting quite the same...which is probably why I have not touched it. So many things I don't want to lose! So what's the rush, right? I COULD leave it, right? Aaahhh. In art...there IS freedom.

      xoxo

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  3. my first thought when i read about doing the texture before painting, is how that can be such a pain in the *** when there's a big crease or bump right where you want an eye... but yeah, just sand it off... and when i think about it it's what i do - but i think i maybe paint the figures in some before i add any heavy texture. the woman in the middle - LOVE everything about her.

    xoxo

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    1. Hi Lynne! Yes! It can be a pain in the ***. Today it went really well though and the benefits were very clear. (See next post). :)

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment.

      xoxo

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  4. This was a great post, Lisa!
    I like experimenting with new art materials, and techniques...
    That's how we grow as artists.
    It was so nice to see and I can relate!!!

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    1. Thank you Sue. I am always trying new things...because I want to grow...but also because I get bored really easily. :)

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  5. Love the closeups....you can see all the wonderful texture you put into the paintings..nice work, Lisa!

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    1. Thank you Hilda! Also for looking at the close-ups. Makes posting them worth it. :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing a bit of your technique with us. I love seeing lots of texture in a painting and lines or creases on the face usually don't bother me...maybe because I have some of those myself!

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    1. Janet, you are so funny...love your sense of humor! Thanks for the comment!

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  7. Nice class you are taking but I love your stories the most in your work and your process works so beautifully for me. Some more great dresses on those ladies. xox

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    1. Hi Corrine and thank you! The stories will never go away. Not to worry. I would be bored if I could not tell a story with paint. :)

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  8. As you know I adore texture and am loving your new piece. Such depth already. I use a small hand held sander to smooth the bumps it makes it easier and gives a great finish :-) x

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    1. Hi Morag and thanks! Yes...the sandpaper works great. I just use a loose piece of sandpaper folded to the size of area I am working in. It's great!

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  9. Lisa, I hope you had a great weekend ;o) This painting is so beautiful! So much detail! I love it!

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  10. layers .. upon layers .. isn't that what life is all about .. love your muted colors ... deep and entrancing :)

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    1. I would have to agree Lisa. Thank you for your comment.

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