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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Opaque and Textured Cornflowers

In the book "Celebrate Your Creative Self", Beam talks about when opaques surround your subject matter, it will make your subject more special. In this painting, I drew some cornflowers on a reject painting from the "archives" and then surrounded them with light blue acrylic paint allowing the original painting to be the subject cornflowers. I tweeked some areas with glossy green and ginger acrylic paint. Beam states that the opaques help focus attention on the subject of the painting.



This painting is 9" x 6" and is on 140 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper.

11 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

This looks really, really good, Barb!

AutumnLeaves said...

Barb, this is really a spectacular piece, so very pretty!

Barb Sailor said...

Studio ... thanks so much! It was fun. I have a lot of rejects - thus lots of potential paintings.

Barb Sailor said...

AutumnLeaves - thank you so very much. I appreciate your loyalty to my blog.

asmalltowndad said...

First of all, thank you for being a teacher and sharing your gift and showing others how to grow. My wife has been a teacher for 15 years or so and I admire you all.
These are so cool and creative. I can already tell that you will be a motivator and inspiring for me.

debwardart said...

What a great way to revive a bad painting! I really like this; thanks for sharing what you have learned.

Barb Sailor said...

Hi Dad!
As you know, teachers are under attack all over the country...it is a tragedy that our congressmen can't concentrate on jobs, etc. and leave the middle class working people alone. Enough of that!
I was a teacher because I love teaching, not because of the money I would earn.
I hope you will enjoy what I post - I know I respect and admire your work - it's great! Are you a full time artist or a recreational one?

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Deb...It is my pleasure. Thanks for commenting!

Ruth said...

This really "pops" Barb.. excellent

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Ruth! I know I will doing more of this technique - I like it!

Jane said...

This is beauuutiful!