Friday, 8 July 2011

Almost Home

I'm still having fun with this aquapasto medium. I want to push it and watercolour to its limits.
That way I will know what it is capable of and how best to utilise it.

So for this painting, the method employed was sweeping impressionistic brush strokes and leaving them visible. As the yellow flower was bright, I wanted this to feel dark and moody.

Painted on Arches aquarelle rough paper, 140 lb and size - 15 x 11

Almost Home


and here is the same painting on the easel 



I'd be very interested to hear your views, suggestions and questions . 

My next painting with this medium will see me trying to blend the strokes in the manner of the oil painting masters.. so that no stroke is visible. That should be interesting too! 

I would also love to know if any of my artist friends here are going to give this medium a try - or whether its not your cup of tea?

26 comments:

  1. This really is lovely! I love the visible brush strokes and I love the sky. Very moody and atmospheric. I don't think I'll be trying yet another medium just yet - at least not until I have mastered the others :0)

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  2. Thanks, Sandra.
    Its good to know you think its moody and atmospheric, because that was what I was aiming for. Brushstrokes are so unusual in my normal working, I was none too sure what people would think. Glad that you liked those too. :)

    At least this is only an additive to watercolour, Sandra - not like me trying acrylic or pastels! :lol:

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  3. I LOVE the light in this one - it's got real drama to it.

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  4. Beautiful painting! I love the visible strokes in this painting. I don't think I'll try it at the moment, there is still so much to explore in watercolour.

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  5. Thanks Sandie. The original photo was taken in Scotland, where they do have dramatic skies!

    Thank you Judy. The visible strokes are what I wasn't sure other watercolourists would like - so I'm pleased that some do :)
    I can understand not trying it yet, I was 14 years learning and painting before I stumbled across this medium.. :) xx

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  6. I am going to come back later and read more comments. Even though I don't paint I enjoy reading what the others think. Of course I love the painting and I love seeing it on the easel.

    I'll be back later...xx

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  7. Good to hear you love it, Tonya !
    I think its also lovely seeing it on the easel - because you get an idea of what you would see if it was on a wall :) xx

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  8. Wow, this really is a lovely and beautiful painting! The light is great and there's lots of action in the painting. Really nice!

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  9. Aquapasto mmh...it seems an oil painting, I'll search for it. Happy we, Arianna!

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  10. Thanks, Renske. I love the light in it too :) xx

    It does indeed feel like an oil painting, Arianna. I'm enjoying using it :) xx

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  11. I love it Pat, very atmospheric and some fabulous light in the sky and reflected in the sea too. I also like the dry strokes in the sky and sea which resemble scumbled white in an oil or acrylic. Please, stop encouraging me to buy more art gear LOL :)

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  12. Hi Pat, wonderful waterscape, great perspective. If I find this aquapasto, I am definitely going to try it out.

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  13. Hum...I dont know if I can find Acquapasto here. Everything I use to paint, all products, are imported, maybe I can shop online?

    I like to see the strokes and you used a beautiful palette!
    Have a nice weekend, Pat, xx

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  14. Hi Pat. The impressionistic brush-work looks very good. I definitely intend to try the aquapasto.

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  15. This is absolutely beautiful. It almost looks 3 dimensional to me.

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  16. Hi, Pat,
    I love this painting so much! Go, go, Pat!!
    Thank you for sharing joy.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  17. Thanks, BNS xx

    Oh come on, Michael - you know you want to get more kit :lol:
    Glad you think its atmospheric :) xx

    Thanks, Jane! Hope you can find it xx

    Thank you , Anamaria xx
    Good to know you like the strokes. Have a great weekend xx

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  18. Thanks, Kathryn. Will look forward to seeing what you and all the other "tryers" will create xx

    Thanks, Ann. It certainly does give a 3D impression. It even changes colour depending on available light - it gets more moody looking! xx

    Cheers. Sadami - there was much joy in creating it! We'll "Go!" together, yes :) xx

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  19. This is fabulous Pat. Love the dark somber mood of the painting.

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  20. Thanks, Asit. It really is an "end of day" painting. :) Glad you love it xx

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  21. Pat, I like the outcome. It reminds me of my beloved oils. The technique of almost no brush strokes should be interesting as I worked with oils that way. Watered down I guess with this medium. Enjoy it!

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  22. The outcome reminds me of oils too, Dora! I'm having fun with this aquapasto and I'm not finished yet! :) xx

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  23. Lovely work Pat. I must do some research on aquapasto. never heard of it.
    I love seeing you experiments. Love the visible brush strokes in this piece. I have yet to learn how to loosen up.

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  24. Pat the result of working with aquapasto is getting very good.
    I just wonder how I would, I believe that would only be after work to give a bit of volume and texture to gain more contrast and brightness.
    Strong incentive to continue his experiments, I love it.
    A hug

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