I’ve been trying to get to this blog for a while. I was really pleased with how this turned out. It was an experiment. I can’t help it. 🙂 I used acrylic gloss gel medium as the binder for it. This didn’t work so well on canvas, but it worked wonderfully on watercolor paper. I ended up with some grittiness in some of the more concentrated darker areas, which I’m not sure if I like or not. It’s just from the coffee not dissolving completely, and I think it’s just a personal preference.
I wasn’t going for complete realism, but I also didn’t want it to be too abstract like the paintings I’ve done recently. This seemed like a happy medium, and I was much happier with the results. I focused more on getting a high contrast since I only had one color to work with, which is actually very freeing since I only have to think about lights and darks without the added aspect of color.
I also did more planning for this one than I did for my last two. I did a concept sketch, then sketched it on tracing paper, and then transferred the image onto the paper. The nice thing about having my image on tracing paper, is that I can recreate it as many times as I want, and I’m currently working on a watercolor version of this piece. So make sure to check out my social media pages for updates on those.
As always, this one will be up for auction until Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12 noon PST. Leave a comment below with your offer. The starting bid is $10 plus shipping, and any amount I get from this painting I will use for business needs, such as supplies, social media advertising, website fees, etc.
Confession, I just made an Instagram account and I think it might be my favorite. If you have one, you should find me. What are your favorite social media site and why? I’d love to know. Just leave a comment below.