Well, this post should be better since I deleted the first draft :(
The main Hatchfund campaign ended (successfully) on February 18. Then they extended it another 30 days, which are now over. The campaign took a toll on my painting, but I jumped right back in. I really appreciate all the support to make the completion of this project a reality! Now, lets have some fun!
#13 See those loose strokes? How 'bout that mark of orange/red (cadmium red) in the focal point? Starting with a rough gesso coating with some Pumice mixed in for texture, the underpainting was done in blues and purples. A generous dousing with water dissolved this and I allowed it to go wherever it wanted to go. I love the vertical marks...and the lime green and blue intrigue me.
One of my favorite pastels is handmade by Terry Ludwig. They are square and of a generous size to allow good marks with the sides, ends, and edges without breaking. Of course, I use every sliver that I can...no wasting with any of my pastels. When they get too little to hold, they go into small containers for later use as re-wetting with water and molding into new sticks.
#14. Now this turned out interesting! I used a crafters product, Paper Perfect by DecoArt. It behaves like a handmade paper pulp. I applied it with palette knife and fingers. Before it was totally dry (that took several days) I applied some Pan Pastels lightly...just my shapes...using pastel colors. Sprayed on some water for more coverage. When it was completely dry I added some of that red and wet it with a brush to encourage the drips. The magenta shape doesn't out shout the red. The Aqua and Green are the same value (of darkness) so they add some interest, again without overpowering. Finished off with some pops of yellow orange.
#15. I must have been in a very quiet pensive mood because that is sure the feeling here. Gesso ground with pumice again. Soft Muted colors create a dreamlike vision.
PS: We Successfully Funded with your help! Enough to hit the first level, which enables me to finance the completion of the "100 Varistion with Repetitions? project. Since I won't be able to frame and exhibit all 100 together, they will be offered for sale, frame optional. Thank you all for your support!