Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Le Bouledogue Francais

Le Bouledogue Français
Acrylic, collage, colored pencil, ink on canvas,
 8x8x1 1/2" $100 Email me. Sold

Tammy had some questions which I will share, along with my answers:

1. When you put the molding paste on the canvas, is it a thin or medium layer?
Um, when I begin a painting, it is with a sense of panic, so I just squirt on the medium and squish it around with a palette knife. It is white on white, so I am never sure how it will look until it is dry. And add to that, I am using it as paste, so I can glue on some painted paper or a paper drawing. I meant to use it to build up layers, but just haven't done it yet. I like both the texture of the canvas and the smoothness of the layer of paste, to draw into or wash a stain onto. It is all so up in the air, and when I am doing it, I haven't a clue...let alone sticking to a plan.

2. Do you have a sense of how you will use the space on the canvas and this sort of "carve" in shapes with the molding paste, or is it just smooth?
No sense at all until I am faced with the loaded brush and the dried surface. I don't have that master idea of 'this will be an apple, so I will make a round shape'. I forget in my panic what I had thought up in the middle of the night.

3. Do you ever mix the colors into the wet paste? If so, would that be before or after you add it to the canvas?
I thought I might do that but haven't done it.  What the texture tells me is that it will accept a juicy brushful of paint or a thin layer of transparent wash. If I don't like it I can scrub it off, leaving some residue of the color which is a nice surprise.

4. Would you be willing to do some in-process shots of how you put together the colors on the back ground. That would be very useful and nifty.
I could do this if I can quell the panic....

I keep telling myself not to overthink it all and just do something and see what happens. I can always paint over the whole thing.


  1. How sweet?
    Thanks for asking all those questions! I think the whole process is wonderful. I'm not good at pre planning and so can appreciate the sense of panic. So rewarding when something works though.

  2. Ha ha, you are funny Melody! I must say you have great instincts and I'm glad you listen to them.

  3. Awww. . . this is just too cute. I love how you formulate a plan and then abide by it from start to finish. LOL. Sure beats carefully matching seam lines.

  4. He/she is adorable and you perfectly captured that sweet face! I would say you have conquered "getting loose " which is the hardest thing to do. I'm loving that you're having so much fun and we get to watch!
    If I could do anything over, it would be to have gone to art school!

  5. Anonymous10:47 AM


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  6. Ohmigosh, that's one of the cutest things I've seen lately! You just have a knack for choosing the perfect subject!

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