Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gilded Wine Bottle Abstract


I've been tearing small squares of 140# hot press Arches Watercolor paper and taping four of them (wet) at a time on my mounting board, then swirling and tipping Daniel Smith primary (as in: red, blue, yellow) watercolors over the surface.  I liked two of the four results, which I think are pretty good odds for spontaneity.  And of course, I can't just leave them alone, so I played a bit with Sennelier soft pastels once they were dry.  Just a touch on the blue and purple edges of this one, to enhance what was already there a bit.  I found a small bottle I'd begged off of my wine-collector husband, dug up a tall, antique liquour glass (heirloom), and did their portrait together with Derwent Inktense pencils in a dark red.  Highlights on the glass were pure, undiluted gouache white, from the tube.  A dear friend had gone through her deceased mother's stuff and found a lovely pad of gold foil from the 1970s and gave it to me, so I tore a bit to adhere on the painting.  I'm glad it scanned well.  One never knows how gilding will show up in a photo on a 2D surface!  It's been years since I've worked with gilding, and I remembered how frustrating it is to use as soon as I let out my first breath while laying it down.  Suddenly, it was snowing gold snowflakes in my studio.  It's hard to see, but there is gilded floral patterns around the tiny glass, which I put on with acrylic paint (I think it was interference gold) mixed with a "bronze" powder.  I so love mixing my media recklessly!  It's like playing, rather than working.  

6 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Carol, I will check out your blog!

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  2. Lovely Valentine's day gift — thank you. Being married to a talented artist definitely has many side benefits.

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    1. Awww... you all see what a sweet man I have to put up with?

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  3. Very cool Elsbeth! I have never used gold foil before. I have been experimenting with metallic paints lately, maybe I should try some foil...

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    1. It's pretty costly, Joyce, if you use gold. I would recommend you play around with copper leaf or bronze leaf to get the hang of it. Much cheaper!

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