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Guess Who Finished a Painting!

On one of my recent art supply buying binges, I picked up several tubes of acrylic paint. I haven’t painted with acrylics in years, but I couldn’t resist the colors (or the price – sale!). In the interest of full disclosure, I totally got all the tubes out, arranged them according to color (in my obsessive way) and stared at them lovingly for several days before actually using them.

At some point, I had also picked up a tub of modeling paste. I was growing  weary of working flat all the time and wanted to try something new…eventually (when/if the muse ever decided to return).

Last night, I had a little time on my hands, so I decided to see what I could come up with and, lo and behold, I managed to start AND finish a painting!

First, I slathered an 8×10″ canvas with modeling paste. In the process, I also managed to slather my hands, fingernails, shirt, and who knows what else with modeling paste.


I wanted to incorporate circles and A LOT of texture. So, I started grabbing whatever was in reach and squishing it around in the modeling paste to create different textures. Some of the things I used include a bead, paint brushes, a Q-tip, an earring, bottle caps, and my shirt (purely by accident, mind you).

I’ve been a bit obsessed with copper and verdigris lately and I’ve been itching to use the copper paint that I bought. So, I decided to try to create a color similar to verdigris by first painting on a thin layer of blue paint.

I then covered it with a thin layer of green paint applied in the opposite direction.

After letting the paint dry, I took a small brush and filled in all of the white space with copper paint mixed with a little white paint. I started to realize that the green color was a bit too bright. So, to finish the piece, I applied a very thin wash of copper paint, which served to tone down the green and give a metallic finish to the entire painting.

Oxidation I

Oxidation I (detail – this is actually my favorite part of the painting)

Oxidation I (detail)

Sorry, I was a little late to the PPF party this week!

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