I’ve only transferred the outline of the picture to the watercolor paper because when you apply masking liquid, it frequently pulls up the pencil lines when you remove it. I finally figured out that I shouldn’t add the “inside” lines until the background has been done. Duh.
The masking is liquid rubber that repels any paint that covers it. It’s a great way to add a background color by flooding the entire paper, which makes for a much smoother color, as opposed to trying to go around the picture manually with the background paint.
After much thought, I think I’ll go with a green background, mixing my own color with blue and yellow. When the paint is mixed, it tends to have more values and subtle changes. I’m not using Arches paper, which has me a little concerned (didn’t realize I had used what I had already). But I am using a 140 lb paper by Canson. I should know fairly soon if I’ll like it, and if I don’t, I’ll start over with Arches.
This was hard!! I looked at a lot of surreal paintings to get an idea of what they looked like and what they represented. My dreams are like movies, with nothing like a surreal image being included.
As I looked through the paintings, I realized that a majority of them were composites that married together items that were either directly related or entirely unrelated, to make a statement. They are fasinating to look at! Some are extremely bizarre while others are gracefully artistic.
Since my tagline is “Finding the Fun”, and my paintings a reflection of the things in which I find fun, I wanted my surreal painting to relay that message. I may be way off the mark on this, and it may end up a mess, but here is what I’ve come up with:
A cocktail with someone floating on an inflatable chicken, that someone having an egghead. I thought the chicken feet extending from the drink would add to the whimsy of the painting. As for a background, I’d like to include fried egg clouds somehow.
This is the sketch I have so far. Since surreal paintings are intended to look ‘real’, I’m going to use a ruler for all the straight lines (something I don’t usually do).
Here’s to a fun painting!!
Well, the color didn’t come out exactly green, but I think it looks like egg yolk, which may actually be OK. I covered the bottom with some cheesecloth, to give it a basket effect. This painting is really an experiment, and I’m not going to be shy about trying new things. I keep looking at this wondering if I like it, but I think I need to start on the painting itself before I know if the background is right.