Like an Emerald Isle emerging from the blue gray sea of my studios carpeting-
Where we left off-
After glueing on a lumpy layer of river gravel and allowing this piece to cure for a bit it was time for its skin of paint.
I sealed the whole thing up with acrylic medium and then applied a thick layer of Titanium White to serve as a bright ground for next layers of color.
After the white layer dried I slathered a thick layer of Cerulean Blue Deep mixed with Open Medium-
I then pressed rags and wax paper into the wet paint and kind of mushed it around to give it some texture- kind of like the canopy of trees I was trying to mimic .
After that layer dried I applied a thick glaze of Nickle Azo Gold-
The yellow layer over the blue creates the illusion of a mottled, cool green – very similar to the appearance of our local hills seen from a distance.
And finally I painted a thick glaze of Phthalo Green over the whole thing-
The combination of semi transparent glazes over the white ground really make this piece glow on the wall- and on the carpet- which it was photographed against.
Next I am going to let the paint cure for a bit and then give it some kind of varnish for protection.