Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Farm at Dusk (Sold)

The leaves are mostly off the trees...the sweet smell of moldering foliage in the dampness of evening. I often walk by this'll be cold and dark by the time I get home. Acrylic and pencil on unprimed Somerset paper 7.5 x 11 inches.

Here's a useful tip for those who work with water soluble paints, acrylic, watercolour, opaque watercolour. I made this on Somerset paper and there was a very watery undercoat of pink to start. This paper, though fairly thick, and archival, buckled a lot in the drying process. Not a problem!....when this happens, I wait for the piece to fully dry (at least overnight, so that the acrylic not only dries but cures a bit). I spray the back of the piece with distilled water, and with a fairly large housepainter's brush, I brush it into the paper. Repeat in 5 minutes after all the water soaks into the paper. Next I put the piece in between flat boards, with absorbent paper beneath and above it. Now put a pile of heavy books on top of your boards. Leave your painting there for a few days. Check to see how the paper is drying, and replace the absorbent paper with other sheets so that the painting paper fully dries. All the wrinkles are gone!

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