Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist, 91cm x 61
Following on from my last post which featured a digital painting of The Accidental Tourist, here is the physical version executed on MDF, coated with Liquitex clear gesso and measuring 91cm x 61cm. This is part of a continuing exercise in learning how to use Chroma's Atelier Interactive acrylics and the more I do use them, the more I fall in love.
Fast Underpainting
Here I used the paints together with accompanying mediums, impasto gel, slow medium and unlocking formula to fine tune my workflow. The imapsto gel makes paint more textured, glossier and aids quick drying, allowing the rapid build up of underpainting textures. A standard oil underpainting takes much longer to build up. Fast drying impasto layers mean you wait minutes rather than days before dragging fresh paint over them to create ragged edges which catch light and suggest more organic detail than is actually painted. Not surprisingly, slow medium slows down the drying time and also aids paint flow which helps achieve sharper edges for detail work, while unlocking formula allows you to reactivate parts of the painting so that you can blend fresh layers with previous layers. For the final finish, an even sheen was achieved by brushing impasto gel over areas where thinner paint dried dull. Impasto gel is milky when applied, but dries hard, clear and non tacky. It is a very pleasing finish, not at all like the plastic acrylics of old but more akin to an oiled out oil painting.
The scene shows Anna with Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis behind. The arrangement of rocks around her could easily suggest ruins of an old stone circle, but these boulders are in fact glacial erractics. Click on images to zoom.