I have been a little less active on the blog as of late for medical reasons. But I am feeling better and getting active again, which is great! I am looking forward to long walks with the dogs once I’m 100% recovered. Hope you didn’t miss me too much 🙂
Each morning these days, when I go out into the garden to check on things and water thirsty babies, the poppy seedheads of my “Lauren’s Grape” poppy patch always capture my attention. The ones which inspired the painting I am sharing today are so very rotund, and their starburst tops are… otherworldly. Imagine the countless abundant seeds developing inside! Plenty to give away. I’m so looking forward to their ripening and scattering the next generation of these plants that possess such seductive, deeply hued blossoms. Their season is very short, but the beauty is so dramatic that I will plant them again next year. Wonder if I can get some new babies to bloom in the fall… Must research that.
For some time now, I’ve been meaning to do a project using an alcohol resist. I decided to play around with it in my art journal, and I learned a few tips and tricks along the way that I hope will be useful for you if you decide to try it out. For my video tutorial, I did a brand new painting. As you know, I get a little nervous sharing abstract work. But the more I look at this one, the more I love it, simply because it was a spontaneous, liberating session, a “letting go” for me, and a messy, interesting step further in a direction which makes me happy.
I hope you enjoy the video. It uses exclusively all the media from Scraps of Darkness‘ May 2013 Kit, “Destinations.” Here are some shots. This first one highlights the alcohol resist technique.
This next one, how altering your surface changes the realization of pigment in interesting ways.
This is the full shot.
Lots of fingermisting in this one, pooling of colors, a bit of doodling as well.
I would love to see your projects using alcohol resist. If you do decide to try it out after watching, feel free to share your projects on my facebook page – it’s been so great to see such a huge and positive response to projects that you guys share there! And also to see you there making connections with each other.