- 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.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Work in Progress - Daisy Fresh
Currently I am working on a carpet rose - amazing colors - so exciting - so much detail and complexity.
Often when I am working on a complex highly detail painting, I will work on a second looser and more adventurous piece. I have been experimenting with sort of batik on paper using a masking compound instead of wax.
The first pour was with cadmium lemon the second was new gamboge. Then I applied two layers of masking in between.
Next I mixed some cerulean blue with neutral tint for the grey wash - more mask and the final pour was perylene green. Interesting enough, the toughest part of this process is removing the masking compound - other than letting go of control when pouring paint. Recently I recieved a tip from another artist - she shared with me that the best removal method is to use the mask itself - roll it into a ball - and it worked like a charm.