Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"Seeing Beauty"


"Seeing beauty is a call to worship." Seeing beauty is a habit that can foster a thankful heart. Beauty can be noticed anywhere. It can be a smile on a child's face or the sun filtering through the trees. It's everywhere!

This 4" x 6" piece has been created for an upcoming exhibit at Hill Country Bible Church NW. It will be given away the night of the Opening Reception. There will be more to follow until the week of Sept. 17. The Opening Reception is Friday, Sept. 21, so please mark the date. It will be a spectacular Opening in our newly renovated gallery. Invitation will be posted on our website in two weeks.  (pactofaustin.com)

Pouring Medium plus Fluid Acrylics creates a tremendous amount of depth with a single pour. This kind of depth requires several layers when working with other techniques in mixed media. One of the reasons for the depth is the way the acrylic paint is suspended in the medium. However, there is also another reason for the depth and that reason is transparency. On every bottle of Golden Fluid Acrylics, you will find a small chart telling you the degree of transparency or opacity of that particular color.

The Green Gold is one of my favorite selections (color on the left) because of its transparency. You can see the gestural writing that was placed on the paper before the pour. And because I poured white over the entire sheet first, there is more of a gradation of that color than you might see without white being the first layer. So it is definitely worth taking note of this tiny point when buying your paint. I try to use a transparent color in every pour. The look is very similar to peering into a sheet of glass.

And for those of you who have leftover bits from you pouring medium pieces, consider those for smaller works like a 4" x 4" or 4" x 6". It will be difficult to find a clayboard panel to mount a 4"x 6", but a thin piece of MDF board will also work well. And there you have it....just a few more things to think about.

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