Monday, April 27, 2009

Something New part three

Hello anonymous,
I have been thinking that you are the one person who might really really enjoy these new paints. That is because of the watercolor-like element to them and your experience with that. I personally have a love/hate relationship so far but I am keeping an openness to them and trying to be challenged. I ask myself, what can I do with these that I can't do with what I already have.

Excuse me while I ramble a little.

I want to say these paints are for beginners and yet what I try to do with them is not beginner...I don't think. I want to say they are for background and yet I kept putting stuff in the front. I know I will mix them (mixed media) with other paints but first I want to see what they will do on their own. I don't like to load my brush by dipping in a jar and yet, I'm sure I have saved a lot of paint from drying up on my palette. They are a bit too creamy for my taste and they don't leave the canvas looking as though it is loaded. Do you know what I mean? But I did find that using the Golden soft gel matte or gloss over the painting is the answer to that. That is something I do on all of my paintings. It is a shame I only afforded 6 jars and yet I'm glad that I didn't spend anymore on them. Because of their transparency, they do have a spot on the paint shelf. Because of their transparency, I will need to use my Golden's with them. Did I say I have a love/hate relationship so far?

I always know when a painting is finished and am amused when I read someones blog who says, "I don't know yet if it is finished". It's not if you are wondering. It just means you need to pay attention to your muse and flow with her. I flowed with mine right out-of-the-box.

So, twice I have finished this one and yet I have it sitting here with me today at my desk and I swear I will not be able to resist one more finish that I tried to ignore last night. It is there. You won't see it until I show you. And I won't show you if I mess it up and what I want to do could very possibly mess it up. I recognize this as an argument with my muse and when that happens, I don't know who is on what side. Is she pushing me or stopping me?

I know how I jumped out. Of the box. I painted the first face and before it was finished, I knew we weren't going to be happy. And I thought to myself how safely I had placed the face right in the smoothest spot on the canvas strategically avoiding the texture. So I rotated the canvas to survey a better spot for a face and that is when it occurred to me that I should leave the face and see what would happened with this new transparent paint. Well it is fun out here. Outside. My box. So I looked for a place for the third face. I dared to do it.

And I am going to try to like these paints. Now knowing all of that, maybe you should try them.



  1. Awesome post about the process! I have felt exactly the same way, and it is fun to read about.
    That is a really cool painting you have going there, I can't wait to see what you do next.
    I usually put new paintings up in the TV room above the TV, so I can keep glancing at them unexpectedly and catch the parts that need to be changed. I have so thought something was done, even put it in a show and then bring it home and later change it. Sometimes I have changed a painting 10 or 15 times. :) Done is never done for me.

  2. Very interesting to see your thought process about these paints. I have wondered about them but not sure I want to try them at this point. I do like pastels but I like a bit more depth although the transperancy does sound intriguing.

  3. Well, you have made me even more curious about the, I may try them at some point. First I have to talk myself into using paint know I am a fabric person...oh, yeah, I should try them on fabric...ok, sold on the trial.
    I love this post and your going into more detail about the paints/painting. You are something else, my friend! Oh...norahS is too...just so she knows! Thanks, Pat

  4. Food for thought, Sharon.
    I really enjoyed what you had to say.
    Your Awesome.

  5. Sometimes we have to argue with our muse just to get things straight. Can't wait to see how all this turns out. Good or not so good - it was fun seeing you work outside your box.

  6. Interesting reading about your process and this love/hate relationship with your new paints...I cant wait to see the finished painting and see how you feel about those paint then.

    Love this post!

    Jacky xox

  7. *Sigh* The more I read about these the more I want to buy some to try myself. You're such a bad influence, sheesh! ;)


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