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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rocks, Rocks and More Rocks!

I like rocks. I like painting rocks. But I don't like painting imaginary rocks as I'm drifting off to sleep and again as soon as I wake in the morning. I guess it's to be expected given my chosen subject matter!


I'm making slow but steady progress with this painting and enjoying the feel of the textured paper and the way I can build up colour and tone gradually with heavily diluted acrylic paint. Speaking of which, the lesson I learned a long time ago is that acrylics thinned excessively with water may not adhere well to the substrate or to underlying paint layers. To avoid any problems in this regard, I always use a separate small jar to hold water for thinning into which I've mixed a generous squirt or two of acrylic binder medium.

Cheers
Pete

11 comments:

April Jarocka said...

Hi Peter. Nothing wrong with Rocks!! And these are coming along beautifully! Good luck with it.
Best
April

Peter Brown said...

Thanks April. I can see you're fixated on rocks too. Can we get counselling for this affliction?

Sally McLean said...

I love the crisp detail you are achieving here. it is going to be a masterpiece!!

Peter Brown said...

Sally, thanks for the generous comments. It certainly didn't feel like I was creating a masterpiece today. Things just weren't working for me so I've admitted defeat and declared an early start to the weekend!

April Jarocka said...

I think we probably can, but would you want to? I wouldn't!

Jeanette said...

This has the makings of a fabulous piece. I love the colours and detail so far.

Rocks hold my interest and I need practice to create believeable ones.

Peter Brown said...

Jeanette, thanks for visiting and for the encouraging comments - they really do spur me on!

Gary Keimig said...

these are really coming out great. You are breathing life into them. Way to go.

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Gary. I only wish I could turn them out as quickly as you seem to!

Grahame Butler said...

They may be driving you mad Peter just like the stripes did to me, but they are looking very realistic, looking forward to seeing this progress..

Peter Brown said...

Thanks for stopping by Grahame. I'm looking forward to the end of this one and a complete change in both size and subject for the next painting.