As promised, I’m sharing the final stages in the creation of this village sketch painting from last month. After planting the geranium in a feta tin on the left side of the door, I began working around the edges of the painting using some of my favourite tools & supplies – a plastic doily, foam kneeling mat, a white church candle and delicious, Golden brand fluid acrylics!
Working back and forth, I gradually built up the pattern and colour around the edges, balancing it as I went along, with the central imagery. A few elements were changed completely at this stage, such as the shadow area on the right, which was adjusted to add more interest. Painting alternately with thin washes of transparent acrylic colour and opaque white, more textures emerged as the layers were built up.
At this point the painting could possibly have been ‘finished’. However, I really wanted to add another dimension to suggest the passing of time and to create additional layering, so out came my lovely stash of Greek text! Using an acrylic transfer technique, scraps of text were carefully applied to three separate areas of the painting! This was a bit of a risk at this stage, as acrylic transfers are not always successful and the process can easily end in tears.
Things went well on this occasion though and I was very happy with the result – beautiful, clear text on top of several layers of paint. Having applied the text …. the next job is of course to blend it in, so it becomes part of the painting. Further layers of paint were applied all around the painting, before I finally called it a day and sealed the painting with a layer or two of matte medium, followed by a transparent UV varnish.
Actually … I had no idea what to call this particular painting so asked on my Facebook Art Page for ideas. It was really interesting reading through all the possibilities and it was pretty tricky choosing from the forty odd suggestions! I finally decided on ‘Midsummer Afternoon in the Village’ which was an adapted combination of a couple of people’s suggestions.
This painting is so fresh, it’s not yet been listed on the website and the original is still available. Please contact me asap if you are interested in giving it a permanent home.