Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mixed Media







I thought I'd share one my painting approaches, since people often ask HOW I do certain effects and techniques. I don't always use strictly Oils, but sometimes will underpaint with Acrylics and glaze and layer Oils onto that. The first photo shows my Acrylic base, which took about 40 minutes. The second photo shows the... house "blocked-out" with masking tape. ( trimmed around with an X-Acto knife ) This allows freedom to liberally paint the Oil background without having to paint "around" the house. Photo three shows the completed piece. Once the tape was removed, the house was glazed and further highlighted. This approach allows me to get a lot of detail in one session. It's my favorite way to work, as it gives me the benefits of both mediums and the best of both worlds.

13 comments:

alm_kee said...

Wilson, I love when you share how you get your painting results! It's great to learn about the techniques & I really appreciate it.

Wilson said...

Thanks , Amy. I guess it's just the "teacher" in me! LOL
I get so many questions and inquiries regarding HOW I paint, how I paint so QUICKLY and how do I START a painting, that I post this type of tutorial once in a while in hopes of answering these questions. Painting should be for everyone, so what good is my experience and know-how if I can't pass it on?

alm_kee said...

Wilson, you are so kind & unselfish.


I'm fixing to try and post my latest couple of paintings on here--at my site. I remember you requested that.

Stay cool Wilson,
Amy

Wilson said...

I'll be on the lookout for your work, Amy!

Queen*B Studio said...

I would have never guessed this is how you do it. Keep sharing!

Dawn

Wilson said...

I'm right full of weird secrets like this, Queen Bee! lol

Queen*B Studio said...

Mwa hahaha! Weird suits me just fine LOL! Normal is boring!

Dawn

alm_kee said...

Wilson, I am curious about somethintg. I was wondering what it meant when you said that, "...the house was glazed..." in your blog. After you removed the tape, did you also use apply medium (Liquin, Alexander Clear Medium, or other medium)to the painting to make it easier for the oil paints to go on the canvas? I believe I need to view your "Let's Paint An Old Barn" DVD again.

Wilson said...

Yes Amy, this is just like how I did my "barn" Dvd. I put a thin coat of Liquin on the house and meadow to ease the application of the oils. Whereas I glazed some "browns" onto the barn, I only used a touch of purple-gray on the house to represent the darkest shadows. Since the house was white, I simply left the white of the underpainting showing through. However, I did also asdd some Titatanium White ( oils ) to a few of the individual clapboards to get a little more "pop".

alm_kee said...

Thank you Wilson.

ginnu said...

hey wilson, its great to go thru ua paintings.. im n engg. student bt i luv creativity.so defin8ly i luv to paint.. i ve made 11 paintings. n i luv to paint certain sort of stuff dat comez to ma mindbt smthing restricts me. i ve nvr sudied painting nor i ve any time to do courses.n books dint wrk.. i wnt to oercome ma limits.
i wish i could bring out ma emotions thru ma paintings...

wid regards
Harleen singh

Jayasree said...

You are a real teacher. Thank you for all your guidance.God bless you!

arrowheart said...

It's a good technique to know... but what's left to teach at your May Workshop?
Hopefully much more...

Can you teach me how to be creative and do NEW things???
20++ years ago I did some Alexander paintings, then stopped because I knew naught what to paint afterward. I see there are plenty books, dvds, packets, but how to actually create something new and different as you do?? I feel that you are the one who can get people actually going on this path.