Saturday, March 18, 2017

Painting on Plastic

There are some interesting new papers that aren't really paper at all, but are plastic, instead. This means watercolors don't soak into the paper. Colors are more vibrant, and they run more freely on a wet surface. Also, since the pigment isn't absorbed into the paper, it wipes completely away. This means "mistakes" can be totally erased, but it also means that if you rework a section, you will lift off the paint you've already put down. Here is my first painting on this kind of paper. 

And here are some closeups of sections that I particularly like:

"More abstract"

I recently had someone ask me to paint "something more abstract." Other than that and the dimensions, (43 x 32 inches) they didn't give me much more guidance, except that it should also "have some blue in it." Here's a look a the first result, which is still drying in this photo. Like all my paintings, it's a watercolor, but I applied paint straight from the tube onto when paper, and I left it on very thick, which isn't normal watercolor procedure.
Here's another view of the painting after it dried, and with light hitting it from a slightly different angle. Because the paint is on so thick, there is a lot of variation in color depending on the viewing angle.