After weeks of working on board and canvas, I decided to work on paper again today. I am always mesmerized by the surfaces that I work on, each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. I love experimenting with different paper surfaces. Today I am working on mylar (you have to buy the kind that is archival , it is expensive but worth it). I love the tooth of this paper and the translucency of this paper, they seem to oppose each other, while at the same time harmoniously pleasing. I love oppositions in my paint, the opaque pigment next to the transparent pigment and this paper adds a wonderful translucency to the mix. This painting will have to be framed under glass (which is my favorite way to frame) and as such it will be protected, much like the delicate carapace of the dragonfly that inspired it. Also because of the translucency of the paper you can choose the backing in accordance with the work. It is a work in progress but for now I am happy with the results of the acrylic on this paper.
Check your values and see how your painting reads without the alluring garnishment of color. It is easy to do this if your camera will shoot in black and white or if not do it in Lightroom or Photoshop on your computer at post processing.
And here again the details…the devil is in the details and sometimes he really grabs the attention. I find many small paintings in almost every painting I paint. I think this is a fun strategy to use at the end of a painting day. It is fun and it will help train your eye to see and look for the design in a non objective way.
Thank you for reading my blog! When you are out walking around be aware of the little gifts and treasures, they may inspire you, when you least expect it!