When I am up to date with all my art commitments I love to find something new to me to have a play in my studio.
Not sure where I first saw this product - somewhere on the web but I finally had the time to purchase some and have a play. There are a few metal choices and I just purchased 3, silver, bronze and rich pale gold. I have used two in paintings during this month (April 2021) - the bronze and silver.
The small bottles are packed to the brim with powder pigment made from real metal and can be used to sprinkle into a wash, dilute with water and use like paint. I find when I use a new product there seems a real freedom with my brushstrokes and this is evidence of having fun and being un careful!
Silver makes it's debut
I follow the same process every time I start a new painting that of course first comes from an inspiration.
For my latest painting it has come from a variety of influences.
Firstly the little silver eye bird has been on my to do list for some time.
Viewing a photo of a little green bird amongst some camellia
Gardening in Autumn -potting two new Camellia last week
Researching white camellia and reading that one variety is called Autumn delight.
Wanting to paint a full sheet work.
My Autumn Delight will be big, have the silver eye birds, beautiful white camellia blooms and touches of my new aqua silver pigment.
The reference image was my inspiration but the bird species needed changing - I have 2 bird reference books so I can easily see the nuances for the one I want to paint.
I make my colour selection and do a quick little painting study to see if I have everything I need.
A light drawing, being careful with the shapes and placement of the birds but just big outlines of where to leave the white of the paper for the flowers.
Adding my colours for the background of yellow, blues and greens and letting them mingle on the paper.
Allow to Dry
Paint the birds and flowers
Evaluate background and darken where needed, paint negative and positive shapes for foilage and use accents of silver to complete the story.