Friday, December 13, 2013

Classical Experiment on Plastic

Recent experiment with classical themes in miniature. Watercolor and gouache with small additions of ink on synthetic (plastic) paper (Yupo).  Invented Flemish Landscape  -  5.5" x 3.25".

Roman Arch in Ruins  -  5.5" x 2.75"- Watercolor and gouache with small additions of ink on Yupo paper. Yupo is very interesting to paint on, being that it almost doesn't work because it is so fragile. It is remarkable in how you can edit shapes by completely wiping them off with a wet brush and rag. But you have to be a surgeon to carefully glaze washes over the under painting. Like a high wire act, I relished this challenge in miniatura and hope to continue with more studies on such an elusive surface.


Jared Shear said...

Beautiful! usual Erik.

Another interesting surface to paint on is tyvek( the synthetic vapor barrier they wrap new homes in, or that FedEx packages are made out of.) The surface is slick, but also has some interesting textures/weaves because it is synthetic.

E.Tiemens said...

Wow, tyvek sounds like an interesting surface to experiment on too. There are also new watercolor grounds to experiment with on wood, plastic and canvas. So many materials to try out!

Thanks for the suggestion Jared.