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Ornamental Cabbage.

Hello everyone,

Wow it has been too long. I have been trying to keep up with my blog posts, but my book Samson’s Gift has been taking over my life!

I am so excited it is finally completed.

I have also had some extra time to paint more than just sheep! It has been a relief.

 

This piece, Ornamental Cabbage, was a very challenging painting in acrylic.

I had started out with a heavy patterned texture under the gesso. This was not the wisest move, as the painting itself was very complicated.

Learning from this, I have decided to have more texture on simpler paintings.

I’ll let you know how this works after I have time to try it out.  J

 

Ornamental Cabbage has many layers and frills. I had to draw over the painting several times with my wash pencil as I frequently got lost in the details, which kept me organized.

The nice thing about using a wash pencil is you can wash the lines off with a wet paper towel if you don’t need them anymore. During the process of painting this piece, I started wondering why I wanted to paint it. 

This question helped me realize what I was missing within the painting.

It became apparent that connecting the big leaves around the cabbage was their strength and made the painting work as a whole. I worked carefully on that and then it became a painting.

I also used some glazing (a thin transparent colored layer) to push areas forward and backward. 

 

If you have the chance to journey to the Uptown Gallery in Fargo, I have 18 originals on display for my solo exhibition. I think you would enjoy the show, this piece is included!

Ellen