- Helen Shideler
- Quispamsis, NB, Canada
- As long as I can remember I have been drawing and painting. Although my subject matter may have changed with time, what has not changed it my attraction to nature. Being drawn in by sunlight, shadows textures and details all with rich colors. I know I am best challenged when the work has a high element of complexity. I spend much time and effort exploring my subjects - striving to gather as much information as possible before I begin working. My first love is working with water mediums - from watercolors, through acrylics and most recently water soluble oils. Often I may explore the same or similar subject in different mediums.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
New work - and to think I said no more painting with purples for awhile -oh well!
Aquabord is a relatively new hard surface for painting with watercolours. The beauty of this surface is that the completed piece is sprayed with acrylic Krylon archival varnish when completed and framed without glass. Thie piece is protected. As so many people now prefer to purchase paintings with out glass in order to emiminate glare from lighting and windows - this is a nice option. The main thing is, the work becomes a mixed media piece (remember the acrylic varnish?) Oh yes, the fraing is also less expensive - less the matting and glass. Aquabord aslo comes cradled - my next purchase will be cradled - then no framing required at all - just finish the edges!
The surface is tricky, the colour holds well, but a mis placed drop can remove the pigment. Also, when painting wet-in-wet, I find it harder to get an edge than with Arched 300lb paper. So, I love the surface, nice for a change - but will not be giving up working on paper.