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Monday, November 20, 2017

Call a Dance - a mixed media painting tutorial

Call a Dance
Cyndi Lavin, 2017

I got a lot of enjoyment out of painting Longing a few weeks ago, so I decided to do a small series featuring trees with personalities.  My second one was inspired by the W.B.Yeats poem The Cat and the Moon:

"When two close kindred meet,
What better than call a dance?"


The technique used is basically the same as for the painting Longing with only a small color variation.  I used Phthalo blue and Dioxazine purple for the sky rather than Phthalo blue and Phthalo green.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Moon Dust - a mixed media painting tutorial

Moon Dust
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
I wanted a somber feel, but rich colors, so a ended up doing an underpainting to help guide my choices.  The paints I used were acrylics...you are welcome to change up the colors to suit yourself! 

 

1. Lightly spray a piece of heavy watercolor paper with water, and use a large brush to lay in waterproof black India ink.  Keep it darkest around the edges, and leave a spot with no ink at all.  Blend the ink to get a nice gradient.  Allow to dry completely.  

  

2. Use a mix of black gesso and white gesso to make a light gray.  Use a foam brush with the gray mix to pull full strength heavy bodied Phthalo blue and Dioxazine purple down the length of the paper. Spray lightly with water if needed.  Adjust the colors.  While the piece is still damp, use a pipette to drip diluted black ink from the top.  Allow to dry.


 

3. Drip full-strength India ink from the top.  Use the pipette to draw in some branches.  Take a scruffy, beat-up brush and dab in "moon dust" around the tops of the trees, with a mix of white gesso and Hansa yellow light.  When dry, top with several light coats of Krylon acrylic spray.


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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Longing - a mixed media painting tutorial

Longing
Cyndi Lavin, 2017

 I decided to see if I could interject some more personality into my ink trees.  That involved controlling the ink more than when I was just letting it drip from the top. But I still used a pipette to draw them in!  The background is acrylic paint.


1. Use a large brush to wet your watercolor paper.  Working from the top, layer in Phthalo blue, Phthalo green mixed with glaze, and white gesso with the large brush.  Clean the brush, and from the bottom, layer in Jenkins green, Sap green mixed with glaze, and white gesso.  Blend and let it dry.



2. Using a pipette, add swirls in the sky with waterproof white ink.



 

3. Use another pipette to draw in the trees with waterproof black ink.  Add some "flowers" with Hansa yellow light.



 

4. Use Naphthol red light to add a few spots in the sky, flowing from tree to tree.



5. Use white gesso to make a few of the ink swirls cross in front of the tree.  This helps to give more depth and more of a sense that the swirl is traveling deeper into the picture to the farther tree.  Top it with several thin coats of Krylon clear acrylic spray.




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