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)

Underworld - acrylic on canvas

Underworld – acrylic on canvas

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.
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