Last week I stretched and textured several new canvases. Seeing them sit in the studio, inspires me to pick them up and set them up on the easel. I started this painting by applying several washes of color to establish the composition. I slowly built up the layers as I scaped and washed out areas to expose underlying colors. I love how the texture of the canvas changes the way light bounces off the surface, creating even more interest.
I recently completed this heavily textured painting by applying several coats of gesso and acrylic gels. Before the layers were dry, I scraped and scratched into the surface with a variety of tools. After blending the colors with heavy gloss gel, I applied the paint with palette knives, brushes and sponges. The sculptural quality of the painting invites the viewer to touch the surface of the canvas.
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I hope you enjoy watching my latest art clip of my new painting, Jardim dos Segredos. I included some "in progress" shots because I know my artist friends always ask to see how I start a painting. This one was not intended to be a floral, but the underpainting suggested a garden path with flowers.