I’ve posted previously about the progress on my second painting. Well, I’ve now completed it! (please click on the image to make it larger and clearer)
I call this piece Underworld. I started with a thick black gesso layer and then built up textured layers of acrylic tinted impasto. I prepared washes for some of these textured sections and then used a drybush technique to add further visual dimension. Overall, I’m quite happy with it. I think it’s more cohesive than my first piece, and I was directed by clearer internal guidelines. So, what have I learned?
- I still really like the textural qualities of hogshair brushes!
- I need to persevere with additional drybrush layers to build more visual dimension.
- I need to strike a better balance between structure and serendipitous embellishments.
- I should always apply an isolation layer before varnishing.