Wednesday, 8 July 2015

SUNSET LAKE - The importance of surfaces

SUNSET LAKE
By Sea Dean
Canson Arches Board
4" x 10"

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I haven't painted anything on Canson Arches for a while and it's a surface I enjoy for my pet portraits. We are in the middle of a heat wave and I was painting in the heat of the afternoon, so I chose my Atelier Interactive acrylics. Although just as susceptible to fast drying in high temperatures, they can be reactivated with a light mist of water.

Although I coated the surface to alleviaate some of the drying qualities, I was surprised at how fast the paints were drying. When I lightly sprayed to reactivate the paint, I found it was left a spattered texture. I quite liked the effect, so I went with it. I always find it quite challenging to create very light and very dark values with interactive paint, but I eventually got the foreground dark enough to highlight the light in the clouds.

Another thing I rediscovered was to put a black mat surface behind the painting when photographing. it works wonders.

After I had finished this painting I decided to see the difference between Canson Arches and working on stretched canvas with the same external temperature. More on this second painting in a few days.

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