Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Edges and Boundaries"

(unavailable....Water Soluble Oils)

"Edges and boundaries define everything." This is not only true in art, but also in life. Without edges in art, nothing would be distinguishable. Without boundaries in life, priorities are meaningless and nothing gets done.

For those of you who faithfully follow, thank you for your patience as I continue to experiment. Today's piece was painted using water soluble oils. The most prominent brand out there is Winsor Newton which is readily available and a bit cheaper than the prominent brands of regular oil paints. The paint has more body than regular oils and feels better using palette knife techniques. (In case you are wondering, the large white image is either a pumpkin or gourd and very prominent in North Carolina.)

For those who are into mixed media, if you have the patience to endure the drying time, the images created with printing techniques using water soluble oils is wonderful. And the important point with this paint is the fact that you can wash off your stamps, brushes, and palette knives with water. Travel by air is also easier,especially when traveling overseas, since Gamsol and other oderless turpentines are prohibited. 

I did use a stamp to create a contrast with my edges since most of the edges in this piece were soft. By changing the value slightly, the stamped lines show up without overpowering the piece. The Gessobord was also primed with black gesso before painting so that I could have the black revealed when writing with a mechanical pencil into the paint. Pointed pens can also be used, but I could not find my pen this morning! (Imagine that) And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.


  1. Oooooh, I love your pumpkin!! Very nicely done! ~Sue

  2. I love the way you're using your palette knife, it's a great technique!