Road Trip: mixed media on canvas
This is my latest painting on canvas, still working from a series of pictures I took during our summer road trip to Alberta.
I published some of those pictures in a Red Bubble Gallery here:
Portfolio: road trip photography
Road Trip, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas painting tutorial
For this painting I used mostly Acrylic and pastels, with a bit of alcohol, medium, fixative, crayon, pencil.
This is the picture I worked from. The colors are pretty muted but I liked the composition with the posts and mountains . I also liked how the road gets you in the picture.
I started with a yellow-orange underpainting in acrylic, then made a rough drawing with a white crayon.
Here I started applying blocs of colors. The drawing in wax crayon act as a resist and stays visible under the layers of Acrylic paint.
I add a layer of white acrylic on the road but find it too heavy.
So I spray lightly with water
And apply a layer of paper towel on the still wet paint.
When I take off the paper towel, I have nice patterns on the road.
I add some layers of diluted white liquid acrylic to the sky area, in a watercolor manner. Spraying Alcohol to add some texture.
Adding more colored layers to the fields and background mountains
Scrubbing off some paint with a sponge.
Adding more acrylic layers, and painting the poles. I am drawing the wires with a pen.
I now spray the painting with water and will scrub off paint again to add more depth and complexity to my colors
I now wait for the paint to dry and now work with dry pastels. The advantage is that I can try different colors and wash them away if I don’t like it.
Adjusting the final details with acrylic, once the pastel has been fixed with spray fixative.
I already talked about Prezi presentations on this blog, Prezi is a free tool on the internet that allows you to make dynamic presentations. You can make your resume, explain a complex subject … Personally I like using it for demonstrations and Portfolio presentation.
Here is an example of the prezi I had running on my computer for our last open house at 195 Studios. It works best if you click on “more” then “full screen” then “autoplay” or you can go at your own speed by clicking on the grey triangle.
Prezi Portfolio presentation
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