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Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Conversation: Three Ladies in the Sauna

This painting was done on 1/4 sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper which was covered with gesso and then stamped with old lace curtain pieces given to me by a friend to use as texture. I used transparent watercolors, and the pigment collected in the gesso texture giving the painting an interesting effect. A split-complementary color scheme was used on this one - yellow, blue -violet and red-violet. There are different ways of determining color combinations - especially complementary and split complementaries, but I use the method I learned in college which uses the color wheel based on the 3 primary colors red, yellow and blue and their mixtures as shown in the color wheel above. In order to get a split-complementary color scheme, you select a dominant color (in my case, yellow) and directly across is it's complement, violet; then you use the colors on each side of the complement for the split-complementary color scheme. Another favorite split-complementary color scheme of mine is blue, red-orange, and yellow-orange.
The name, Three Ladies in the Sauna, came about because my Thursday painting friends thought it looked like the rear ends of 3 ladies talking in the sauna.


Ginny Stiles said...

This is a wonderful title. HOW I giggled.
So you laid the lace in the wet gesso and then lifted it and then let it dry and then painted? I love the texture.

Barbara Sailor said...

Hi Ginny - yes, I used pieces of a lace curtain that my friend cut off to make it shorter ... I have used many different textures on gesso and you get the most wonderful textures. It is better if your gesso is on the thick side because it takes the texture better. Utrecht has the best gesso for this process, but I have used Liquitex.
I imagine you are busy packing up now. I enjoyed your pictures of your workshop in Woodruff.