Helen Shideler Art Blog
This painting was pure fun to work on. Layer after layer of poured colors in combination with layers of masking compound, When working in this fashion, you really have to plan your work - as it is not quite as intuitive as painting directly. The toughest part of all this is actually removing the mask.
Then the fun really begins when you go back in and crispen (is this even a word?) up the edges and freshen up certain colors.The most challenging part is knowing when to stop and resisting the urge to overwork the painting.
In parallel I am currently I am working on a carpet rose - amazing colors - so exciting - so much detail and complexity. Often when I am working on a complex highly detail painting, I will work on a second looser and more adventurous piece. I have been experimenting with sort of batik on paper using a masking compound instead of wax.
The first pour was with cadmium lemon the second was new gamboge. Then I applied two layers of masking in between. Next I mixed some cerulean blue with neutral tint for the grey wash - more mask and the final pour was perylene green. Interesting enough, the toughest part of this process is removing the masking compound - other than letting go of control when pouring paint. Recently I recieved a tip from another artist - she shared with me that the best removal method is to use the mask itself - roll it into a ball - and it worked like a charm. Previously - I would have broken a sweat over this. Literally.
You can see this Work in Progress by visiting my blog
Dimensions are the unframed size.