Thursday, March 22, 2012
"Joy Follows Tears"
($200.00...6" x 12".....mounted on a 2.0" depth clayboard)
"His death is our life. His loss is our gain; the joy for the tear, the peace for the pain." This quote has come before my eyes on several occasions. I do not know the author, but I do know the power of the quote. This is a piece created for the upcoming "New Beginnings" exhibit at Hill Country Bible Church NW. (Refer to the Sunday, March 18th, posting for links to the invitation for the Opening Reception.)
This is a very richly colored pouring medium piece created on 300 lb HP watercolor paper. The Iridescent Bronze Acrylic forms a beautiful ribbon of rich color through the Raw Umber. There is also some Green Gold and Dioxazine Violet. (Golden Acrylics) As I've said in past postings, it is much easier to have the colors blend properly if you begin with a pour of just one color over most of the design space. The paper must be very wet (under the faucet wet). Once you pour the medium on the paper, be sure to hold it over a tray and spray with more water to keep it moving and rotate the paper to get as even a coverage as possible. In this case, my base color was a pale blue.
I have been comparing the effects of pouring medium on different papers and I do believe that 300 lb. HP yields the very best results with 140 lb. HP coming in as a strong second. Mounting the heavier paper is very tricky because it doesn't want to lay flat. After wrestling with it for a bit, I finally placed gel matte medium on the support as well as the paper and laid it down as best I could until it set up enough to lay wax paper on top, followed by a couple of books, followed by heavy rocks. It must lay that way overnight to completely become bonded to the clayboard. Just a few more tips to try or think about.
Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.