Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Experiment with acrylics and gels

acrylic on canvas 6"x6"
Took this photo with my laptop camera software so not the best shot, a little shaky. The yellow is a curtain in the background, not part of the painting.

I wanted to do something quick so I drew the cone flower in charcoal over acrylic blues background.  then started painting. The charcoal made it fairly muddy so I added more light but I think it was too much. I think I washed out the variation in tones. I used the charcoal to begin with to give it that variation, sigh. Too much, too little, one day I hope to get it just right.

The gels are interesting. I used semi-gloss, gloss and sculpting gels over the paint rather than mixing it with the paint.


  1. I real;y do love this .I hues and the "fuzzy" texture it has is simply lovely. Charcoal is one of my favorites to work with. I like "messy" tools.
    Thank you for stopping by FWW i enjoy your comments. Your welcome to the painting if you like it so.

  2. Awww, love this one! Fabulous balance of the colours!

    Thanks so much for your comments! Much appreciated!
    Always good to hear from you.
    B :))

  3. Thanks Melanie. It really is a learning experience. I'm starting to get familiar with acrylics. One of the gels was quite gritty. I think this is what gives it the fuzzy texture.

  4. Betty, I always enjoy going to your blog. Loved your hazy days of summer holidays.