Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stacked - Small Still Life Painting on Paper, Kitchen Art

#5 - Stacked
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Yep - a bit of a break from the flowers. And a break from the other pieces I was going to do as well. I have one or two of these in my head, so I thought I'd go ahead and get them on paper. This  is part of My "Relationships" series - they are all fruits and/or vegetables in acrylic on watercolor paper with just their shadows and a plain unpainted background. I then varnish the painted areas only, and they really "pop" off the paper.

I like the way that acrylic works on the cold pressed watercolor paper. I work it in kind of a watercolor style - lots of thin layers. And when I do these pieces where I leave the background white, there are no do-overs - if I get a stray mark on the white, there is  no way to lift it off. I had one night when I was working on a few of these that I needed to finish and I was really tired - I kept nodding off and my brush would  make a stray mark on the page and I would have to start all over again! I do like how acrylic looks on the paper though, and I always say I have to experiment with it a little more - maybe it will happen this year  ;-)

This piece will be going to West Village Provisions in West Boxford, MA early next week.


Darla McDowell said...

I've been enjoying your beautiful flowers, but this painting is so fun! Well done, Debbie!

Magic Love Crow said...

Very yummy looking ;o)

Debbie Shirley said...

Thanks Darla & Stacy!
It was a nice break from the flowers! ;-)

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