Friday, February 26, 2010

Tools for Creating Texture, working on the new Landscape Painting

As I have been for a while now I'm still experimenting and exploring ways to create complex textural paint surface with the acrylic paint. There are tons of additives for acrylics everything form glass beads to black lava! Just look at everything Liquitex offers to create texture.

Many of these unusual textrues are difficult to incorporate into a more traditional painting. One of the downsides is that it makes it diffucult to change and area. Once the textured paint is down and dried it would be difficult to change the shapef the area  or create a smooth area in its place.

However, I've learned that it is often better in a traditional painting to add the textured paint at the end of the painting as the final layer when you know that no radical changes will be made.

I haven't really explored these textured gels, staying mostly with soft gel, and W&N Impasto Gel. The rest of my texture is created with more traditional tools, cheap hardware store brushes, paper towels, plastic wrap, sponges, and a palette knife. Oh and fingers too! But I think there will come a time in the not too distant future when I will begin exploring them

Today's video is a progress update on my newest painting and discusses creating texture, sgraffito and the challenges of painitng that large foreground water.


AutumnLeaves said...

I was just reading The Lost Painting, Carvaggio, and was intrigued by some the ways they described his work and the textures within. Of course, sitting here now, I find I can't recall a thing (brain lapse)! Always enjoy hearing your thoughts and your lessons, Jan!

Atul Pande said...

Jan: I know exactly what you mean about not being able to change the textures once they are laid down if you are using aids such as thickening gels, special media or additives. Lately I have been experimenting with texture in abstract paintings and have found that canvas or panels with texture material on them can be leveled off by sanding down with a coarse or medium grit sandpaper. You can then build up new layers of texture.