Saturday, September 4, 2010
I've had some ideas for paintings like this swimming around in my head for a while, and for some reason I haven't made one until now. But when I've thought of doing such paintings, the color purple or lavender was definitely NOT on my mind.
I wanted to make something for the final week of Louise Gale's Creative Color Challenge, but I was intimidated when I learned that the color was lavender. I love lavender plants, I think they are beautiful and smell fantastic, but it is not a color that I normally use in my artwork. I guess that's why it's called a challenge : )
I started by plastering the top 2/3's of a 6 1/4" x 11 1/4" wood board with Golden' light molding paste, using an old credit card as my "trowel". I used the same technique to smear Golden's crackle paste (love!) to the bottom 1/3. While still wet I drew the design into it with a pencil, and used the credit card to create the straight lines.
When dry I painted the lavender background. Originally this piece was only going to be lavender and white, but I remembered that for this week's challenge we could add any of the past challenge colors, so I added a soft sea green and some raspberry red.
On the bottom right corner I added a small square of silver leaf torn from a Japanese washi paper. Once it dried overnight, I sealed it with a matt sealer and then antiqued it lightly with a raw umber glaze. I did this to bring out the cracks and grooves a bit more, and make the colors not quite as "bubble gum". The camera (or photographer ;) ), was having trouble capturing the true colors, but this is close enough. They are a bit more "dirty" in person.
So what I thought was going to be a project that I would want to give to the nearest passerby once done, ended up being one of my favorites! Now I love the color lavender and am already planning on using it in more of my work. Thank you Louise for that! What I realize is that I could probably use any color in my work, as long as I learn how to make it "Esther".
I also am realizing that plaster or molding paste is one of my favorite things to use. I've used it many times like on this piece here, and on my sister's 3 other pieces (which I still have to share with you), and I really feel like that's the way my artwork is going to keep heading. I had a blast creating this piece and want to make many more like it. And using plaster takes me back to my favorite finishes from my faux-finishing days, so whenever I miss it, I could just whip out a very large canvas and get plastering!