Thursday, September 02, 2010

Still trying after all this time...........

I returned to the work table to deal with the two painted backgrounds that had turned to a mud color. I gave them a nice Titan White over coat and let them dry while I ate almonds and drank my tea.
Then I started creating the background the way I enjoy doing them. Not a lot of difference but I work with an old scrubby brush and not a palette knife to spread paint around the canvas. I mixed shades of blue, light and dark to give some highlights and depth to the first layer. Then I blotted both papers with bubble wrap to give some texture to the first layer.
Then I hit them both with the hair dryer. I have no time to waste when I am out in the studio. It's quick dry methods for me.
I stamped on top of the dry blue background with magenta and yellow. Just random stamping because in the end a lot of the background is covered up with the towers.
When dry I applied a matt medium glaze to cover the entire piece and protect what layers I had already done. Again a quick blow dry and then I added glaze medium to the paints that were still on my paperplate and gave both painting a quick glaze with the colors. Just random, although I did want to keep the bright yellow as much to the center as possible. The glaze just softens everything and blends the entire piece.

Here's where I am so far. Three hours later and I've applied the box like shapes to make the towers. On the second one I really liked the rather feminine curves to the buildings. I put on words, made the towers on the first one flower like.
I had the feeling as I was making them that there was a story behind these two different kingdoms. Maybe sisters with different agendas?
They may work for my Towers & Turrets class and maybe I went to far astray, AGAIN. If they don't, it's ok, because I'm going to use them in my Sketchbook Journal project.
I had sooooooooooo much fun. I'm so glad Zeus is playing golf today because I know that he will be having fun too and then I don't feel the slightest bit guilty. lololsnort
:)Bea Who hasn't gotten past the fifth lesson in her class yet and is having WAAAAAAAAAAy to much fun.


  1. You have done a great job with recapturing the backgrounds...these houses are so much FUN! Imagine and Live in peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. thanks, they are and I never really get tired of smiling at them. :)Bea