Acrylics with impasto and gel mediums create superb contrasts of rough and smooth, peaks and valleys that I find quite beautiful and useful in many landscape and abstract paintings.
This type of texture works great for tree bark, building walls, hills, ocean waves, even certain flowers lend well to this approach.
I mixed the acrylics with the impasto and applied using a palette knife quite thickly. The action I used was similar to using a spatula to smooth on the whipped egg meringue gently yet with a pleasing textural pattern.
In the above photo, I applied the paint over a canvas that had an existing pale dull and cool background, in order to help create additional depth. The warmth of the yellow advances that area, making it a clear statement it is a foreground area.
with Beauty of Bark, through the variations of texture and non texture, there is the created illusion of depth. The flatness and non textured area implies a Background. The medium raised up textured areas implies a middle ground area. Where the paint is fully raised and peaked implies a nearness which is applicable to the Foreground area.
So even in such a small area of paint that is purely abstract – there is Depth achieved through the textural variations that were applied.
Desert Sand is a small detail from a larger piece. With so much colour, detail and texture going on here I had to make sure I targeted the Focal Point to get all this action!
If I would have placed it elsewhere, this ‘busy-ness’ would have been overwhelmingly too much information and distracting away from my intended focal point.