you may recall that a few days ago i tried plaster of paris on canvas. the point behind putting it on a flexible backing is to crack the canvas and take advantage of what that does for texture, how it takes paint, etc.
one would think that mixing 2 parts plaster of paris to one part water is a simple formula, but for some reason i sometimes mess something up & it is a bit too runny. then the plaster flakes. it may also be that i should let it sit for a few days before flexing the backing.
after a day or so, the rest of the plaster seemed pretty well adhered to the canvas and i figured that i would eventually add a lot of gel medium, which will keep it from flaking off, so i started painting. first a very watered down layer of nickel azo ( a wonderful warm color useful for lots of things). one thing i love about plaster is how absorbent it is- the color just soaks in.
here's a close up of the nuances of color created by the paint soaking in differently in various places on the plaster.
today's 5 minutes was a wash of burnt sienna, again well watered down. i dripped left over paint from the top piece onto the bottom. not crazy about the polka dots, so i went back with a spray bottle & toned them down some.
open studios group meeting tonight- hopefully we'll have enough folks to stand for office & to build some committees so we can get started on planning 2011.
tomorrow and thursday evenings- studio time! come back & see what changes!