My latest piece "Heron at the Burrard Inlet" was an exercise in using acrylic mediums. I did this piece originally about 7 years ago, in watercolour. It was done from a photo I'd taken on a trail behind the fire department on Ioco Road in Port Moody. I had never seen a Heron this close, and was so lucky to have my camera with me. I was out scouting for some beautiful scenery to paint, and there he was! The tide was coming in fast, and I think he may have been waiting for supper.
Starting my painting, I used only regular acrylic paints to block in my colours. But wanting to step out a little, and get some texture not too conspicuously into my work, I eyed up the jar on the shelf.
I had heard alot about string gel. It is a learning curve. At first I really had a hard time controlling the thickness of the strings and the first clumps made me worried,but I just trudged along and soon the strings got thinner. I had added some liquid pearlescent paint and some pearlex to the string gel....this may have been why it clumped. It also became opaque. Sometime I will try it without pigment. Next, I used reharvested coppper cinder, naptholene gel and glass beads in medium, painting with my fingers! Pouring medium was fun to use on the texture of the water. I used a pipette to control the flow and make the shape of ripples in the foreground. Broken bubbles along the edges of the water were filled with pearlescent paint and more pouring medium. All that along with pearl paints in blue and green, and irridescent violet add to the glimmer.
Art is a place I escape to. It gives me solace. I didn't know that it would take over my life. But when I gave up the profession of nursing and pursued it, I have never looked back.