They just tell the story better, create better depth, more interest to the paintings.
Soft edges that blur off provide the viewer with a sense of calm, serenity, welcome, gentleness.
These edges “invite” us in.
Hard, crisp, sharp edges act as barriers and walls. Keeping us rigidly ‘out.’
Keeping us restrained and in place. Defined…. and in the box.
Use your Edges well. Place them as if they were in your home; and you want your visitors in the allowed rooms, to feel welcome.
Direction, line movement another.
Horizontal line directionals convey calm ‘restfulness.’
Vertical movement in the painting will express a more energetic, assertive vibe.
The diagonal line is the most active. This expresses the most ‘wildness’ of the three.
A jagged diagonal conveys dynamic energy, unrestrained.
Typically a balance of the 3 is a great design technique.
There is also a circular directional movement you can employ, it is trickier. But it can certainly impact the viewers’ responses. Taking them around and inward, probing in, and leading into the image. Its another tool for the artist to think about!
Materials and Tools used also play a role.
The Palette Knife, as I used it in the Feature floral bouquet image, has created quite an abrupt sharpness to the painting.
Brisk. Now! A Demand is being placed upon the viewers’ eyes with each stroke of the knife.
What do we want our Audience, our Viewers to…. feel ?
That’s the question we need to ask before we begin our paintings.
A similar floral bouquet to the featured painting; this is also high key.
But the shouting and stridency of the featured painting is not in this last one.
You will see whatever has been painted underneath.
So if you think about it, this could work well in many instances. An underlying ‘not quite resolved’ image, can be covered with the gel and then repainted in areas. With thick goauche, or inks, or acrylics.
Impasto gel, acts more like the slippery, slick Yupo paper;the paint will slip off easily.
To counteract this slick attribute, try using either of these techniques:
A. staining paints and rubbing the paints into the board
B. Gouache White, Opaque paints which will adhere better than the others as they are thicker, denser,ie more like acrylics
A bonus, is it that it is so easy to Simply – rinse off and start all over again!!
This used to be called Modelling paste.
I used Heavy molding paste.
This will dry off-white and matte, slightly gritty with a tooth to it; it is ‘absorbent.’
Watercolors applied to the molding paste textured board – acts a lot like a Fresco
Paints are quieted, dulled a tone, slightly less saturated.
But with a lovely old world feel to them, from my perspective.
Paints are best applied, poured on Or squeezed on… not ‘brushed’ on
Its not a surface to dob, dab, fiddle about.
Paints will not wash right off– the surface is too Absorbent.
But some of the color, will rinse off. Maybe 80% or so.
Application of the Texture Medium
I prefer applying molding paste randomly.
Freely. Loosely. With my fabulous palette knife.
Slather the paste on. As if it was meringue.
Don’t be ‘miserly.’
You can experiment the textures, by laying a paper onto the paste then lifting, for some fun random foliage like patterns
With both The Impasto and The Moulding paste,they must be super dry before any attempt is made to paint.
If, or when you reach a point watercolors aren’t working for you on them;they are ready for Acrylics to be painted on. Or mixed media. You can also re gesso and reapply the paste.
Rewards of Impasto Gel and Molding Paste
I like using these as wonderful imagination builders.
Once colors are on and dry;“things & shapes” begin to emerge.
Don’t be hasty.
Allow. This process to happen.
Things will come forth. If you allow the Time.
Perhaps a flower may peer out eventually.
Or there could be a tree, a leaf, a mountain and sky….. you just never know!
It keeps you guessing.
It keeps you looking forward to something –
The excitement of the Surprise, that these colors and Textures gift you with, is almost free.
Which Brand you ask?
Golden brand is the one I can always recommend.
It has never, let me down.
It performs brilliantly.
There are, of course many others in a wide range of prices.
I’ve experimented with nearly every brand!
In the many example shown, I have used several brands. I found each brand has its own characteristics. One might be toothy and gritty, the other… not so much. One might be translucent. The other, more satin.
This photograph with the blazing scarlet sun and the excerpt from Franz Kafka speaking of ‘flying too close.’
Yes. They were definitely influencers.
David Kanigan seems to always come up with some thing, new or intriguing, or uplifting or just plain humorous for his readers.
Check out his website, I love his writing – he writes really well.
Anyway. Go look through his posts.
Be uplifted. Laugh. Smile. Cry. Be humbled. Breathe in Life.
Aquileanaat La Audacia de Aquiles an impressive website focusing on Mythology. Making it modern, entertaining, easy to read, and Fun!
I’ve been reading her articles for quite some time and always, look forward to the extremely comprehensive and educated efforts she puts forth.
Referenced, with photographs, art works, historical sources, collaborations,etc., my 5 Star website to go to for mythology info.
I’ve been especially interested most recently in The Titans.
Who they were, there origins, and who came before them.
Aquileana’s site provides revealing glimpses into the mythical lives of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, The Titans, Olympians, The Muses, The Furies and more. All, richly described in intimate and living color.