- 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, August 1, 2011
WIP - Poured painting of petunias - fingers crossed
This painting is being developed by careful planning and a solid preliminary drawing, pour an application of paint and then mask then repeat. To get to this stage, the work has gone through six paint pours and six mask applications. I masked our the white areas initially then poured a light shade of pink. There were three pink pours in total and two shades of green and one of dark blue.
Removing the masking compound is a bit of a work out and somewhat stressful. The work has to be completely dry prior to removal. One of the key elements of this method is to not allow the mask to sit on the paper for too long. Also, I am nervous when I think I should use a hair dryer to accelerate the drying process. I am really timid that the mask will bond to the paper and ruin the effort.
I am at the stage now where I soften us any harsh edges created my masking. Then I will start to further develop the painting. Although this method is laborious, it it still faster than my normal approach. At least this is what I tell myself.