My drawing and painting life
June was all about making art about the garden, which for me quickly moved to making flowers, flowers simple and some with vases with flowers. Most pieces were made in response to a wonderful art class – Painting your Garden, The Language of Paint – by Diane Culhane. Diane is a wonderful painter, ceramic artist and art teacher. During six lessons we explored different techniques to apply the paint and work with paint on your surface. At first we made little vignettes, post card sized pieces, on gessoed watercolor paper.
My numbers 14 – 17 in the Art challenge 101 I take from this group of post card sized paintings.
The first two techniques we played with were stippling and ‘sgraffito’ (Italian for scratching in the paint). I’ve used it before and I have found that I like sgraffito very much. It seems to fit nicely in my art tool box. As you can see, I used it in the painting of a vase I shared earlier.
To see what I mean, here’s a detail shot: the sgraffito shows both at the top right and at the bottom of the vase. I painted dark colors on top of light ones, then scratched into the dark paint. Hence the thin light lines. (The highlights at the top were painted in.)
We also used masking fluid. I used that on these two little cards.
Painting using sgraffito in Art challenge #1
More sgraffito in older pieces on flickr:
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