A Balanced Peace by Cathy Hegman. Using mylar, wood, shellac, oil pigments, dry pigments, dorland’s wax, ink, and acrylic gel, I am taking mixed media to a new level. I am always trying to find new ways to paint the figure and to enhance my repertoire of process in painting. Here are a few of the steps in the ongoing process. I did not take photos at every layer, simply because I get so caught up in the process that I forget to take photos and it also impedes my mental state to stop and get the camera.
I prepped my panel with Nova Flex Gel on the front and the back,then applied two coats of gesso, sanding in between each coat. This is a 24 x 24 x 2 panel with a 22 x 22 sheet of mylar mounted on it. I mounted the mylar with flex gel on the back of the mylar and on the front of the panel, then pressed it flat, put books on it and let it dry overnight. I drew with an ink mixture and let it dry. I put one coat of shellac over the whole panel and let it dry. Then I began layering on the oil and cold wax mixture paint. I start the first several layers transparently and then build it up to the more opaque layers.
More layers of paint, on the above image,I think I noted in my notebook this is at layer 16. I am scraping and making marks throughout the process, some will be covered; some will be enhanced with darker layers later in the process.
I am building up texture and pigment and redefining the structure of my figure. The figure is central to the painting but I want more for this painting. I have given it a bit of a landscape feel in the shapes surrounding the figure, all the while not being definitive in either the treatment of the figure or the background, making them appear to be integral to each other and homogeneous.
The painting now clearly is more than just a figure in a landscape. The additions of the shapes, purposefully placed near the bottom gives this painting a new meaning, as well as,ties it to the current series that I have been working on. It is clearly now about balance and the sense of peace, and the texture is soft and somewhat diffused, which adds a bit of the mystery that I so love.
Detail to show how little definition is needed to portray your intent. I hope these images are large enough to show the really interesting texture that is achieved with the oil and wax mixture. It is a soft and velvety texture that responds well to mark making, digging and layering. It has the mystery of watercolor paint in that it is unpredictable, but the forgiveness of oil and acrylic paint, with it’s easy ability of correction.
If you are new to cold wax here is a link to the Dorland’s wax that I use. It is an informative link that describes the wax well. http://jacquardproducts.com/forums/discussion/2588/using-dorlands-wax-medium
Nova Flex Gel is available from Nova paints in California. I use their acrylic paints and mediums and enjoy the quality of their products.Here is a link to their website http://novapaints.com/
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Cathy Hegman AWS,NWS,MSWS,MOWS, SAA,SW, ISAP
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