Monday, July 13, 2009

Update on Female Cardinal Painting

Here's the last few day's work. I spent the time working on the hemlock branches.

3 comments:

Peter Brown said...

Kelly, this is looking great! It's interesting to see how you've used similar colours in the bird and in the background.

I note that you've used Ampersand panel in the past. How does it compare to gessoed masonite?

The reason I ask is that I gessoed and sanded some masonite recently but was disappointed with it as a support for my acrylics - perhaps I sanded it too smooth and lost any "tooth".

Kelly Singleton said...

Peter, thank you. Glad you noticed the similar colors in the bird and background. Mother nature is fascinating.

Yes, I use the Ampersand panels alot. I use the textured one which is now called "Aquabord". I like some tooth; I guess this is in part because of my long history with watercolors. I'm usually not fond of ultra-slick smooth surfaces like the sanded gessoed masonite. I don't like the "feel" of it. Paint doesn't sink into the surface, it just kind of slides around on top. What a like about Aquabord is that the surface feels similar to painting on watercolor paper. I can use watercolor techniques like light washes with the acrylics and the color actually absorbs into the clay surface like paper. With gessoed masonite, I cannot do that. I find myself fighting hard edges all the time when I want soft edges. I suspect you did sand your masonite too smooth; give the Aquabord a try. I have a feeling you'll like it if you are like me and prefer some tooth. Note: I do give the boards a very light sand before painting on them because they do have some uneven bumps on the panels right out of the wrapper. Hope this helps.

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Kelly - that's very helpful. My largest local supplier doesn't list Ampersand panels on their online store. Hopefully I can find some elsewhere.