Friday, March 14, 2014
Each mountain range is very unique looking. On this trip I could actually tell the difference between the Catalinas and the Rincons!
As I have mentioned, I did a lot of hiking in the mountains as well as the desert this time. So I had a good chance to really get a sense of place. This makes all the difference to me in painting something. I need to surround myself with it and feel it deeply.
I hope I am able to keep the inspiration going for a while. In this piece, which is not quite finished yet, I tried something new. I am not sure if you remember my fiasco with encaustics a few years ago. I had purchased all the necessary supplies and then couldn't work with them due to allergies. Well, here I am using something called high solid gel in the acrylic family. By adding a light touch of yellow to it, you can get a faux encaustic look. I have added many layers and even inscribed my lines and back filled them with more darkly colored high solid gel.
Of course it will never be encaustic but then again, you can leave it in the trunk of a car and it won't melt! LOL!
On my wish list when I am in Tucson for longer than two weeks I would like very much to visit Tumamoc Hill and join the plein air sketching group found here.
Hoping for some warmer weather soon.