When I was still in high school I sewed all my own clothes and even made a few amateurish attempts at designing a few of my own outfits. And I loved FASHION ILLUSTRATION.
Most of you probably don't remember when the Sunday Paper was packed with ads from the department stores, hand drawn illustrations of the new spring fashions, the back-to-school clothes or the beautiful wedding and prom dresses, all drawn in black and white. Fashion Illustrating was my career goal, I said so in my yearbook, and planned to study it at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
I wish I had had a glimpse of the future, an idea of what technoloy would do to the art world.
In some areas this painting has at least 10 layers of glazed color, other areas only 4 layers. The layers remind me of my colored pencil process, layers and layers to get to the color you want. I imagine, if I knew anything about watercolors, the layering process is probably the same.
Someone asked what kind of glaze paints I used - just regular acrylic paint in a tube added to an acrylic Glazing Medium (very little paint and lots of medium).
I'm going to try this glazing process on a landscape painting next. I usually avoid landscapes, but I think I could get some nice effects with the glazing - oh but I do have major problems with the color GREEN!
I've been so busy with LIFE that I haven't been able to paint as much as I'd like - but I'm up to 8 layers of glaze. I've added real balloons to float around with the balloon elephants. Now I have to add more glazes to the balloons and fix their colors and everything needs highlights and is the sky blue enough?
"Aglaze is simply a thin, transparent layer of paint and glazing is simply building up color by applying thin, transparent layers one on top of another, dry layer. Each glaze tints or modifies those beneath it. So why is glazing something that can trouble, and even threaten, artists so much? Well, while the theory may be simple, putting it into practice takes patience and persistence to master."
So true! Sounds so simple, but when you are used to mixing colors on a palette - building thin layers of paint instead to get to those colors is a bit daunting. And keeping the glaze thin enough and the waiting - oh the waiting for the layer to dry!