Now what??!!

sky pads 22 wash

OK, so does this look like mud or what?

It just goes to show that no matter what you do, the paint seems to have the last word. This is my usual preliminary wash, this time for Sky Pads 22. It started out with a lot of yellow, a bunch of mars red, and some nice blobs of purple. I got the streaky effect I was after, but it happened at the expense of all the lush colors I started out with.

It’s not quite stable enough yet to draw on, so I’m still waiting. In the meantime I keep looking at it and waiting for it to tell me what colors it wants the lily pads to be. I don’t think they want to be bright green hopping out of the mud, but I haven’t heard any other ideas yet. I’ll let you know when I find out.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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10 Responses to Now what??!!

  1. I can’t quite tell what this is – I mean for the medium. Is it wet in wet watercolor?


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Aha, I can see how I left out that detail, erroneously assuming that anyone who reads this blog is ipso-facto a long-time reader LOL! This is oil paint thinned out to a watery consistency with paint thinner, poured over a large (50″ x 30″) canvas. One of the interesting properties of paint thinner is it makes the pigment separate out of the liquid and adhere to the canvas in these striated patterns. It helps a lot to pour the paint mix on a warm day to speed the drying process up so more paint lands on the canvas than on the (protected) ground.

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      • I did actually think that was likely after I noticed the tags. I asked in part because I do wet in wet watercolor – and I know some of the mistakes. I do like the striated effect. Probably we’re using much of the same physical technique but with the different mediums, we’re getting slightly different effects. I do like the striations!

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  2. Kathy Noone says:

    I like the texture…not that I am an artist 🙄.

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  3. gadgetrush says:

    Can’t wait to see the finish product.. any?


  4. chris ludke says:

    I don’t think it looks muddy. It looks like an interesting ground to paint on though. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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  5. Nancy A Powers says:

    Not mud, but makes me (not an artist) think of hair on a dog, lol! A photo can never quite capture the subject, but seeing this beginning will make following the progress quite interesting! Carry on, Sky Pads 22!


  6. Lucy Ellen says:

    I also like the texture, and the nude-ish neutral-y colors combined with the grey-ish color.


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