Friday, October 30, 2009

EXPERIMENT: CHARCOAL ON YUPO W/ ACRYLIC



I have been seeing many beautiful and interesting mixed media work that incorporates charcoal. I decided to try and see what charcoal on YUPO would look like. Vine charcoal is very faint but allows for correction, then I added darker charcoal. When I was satisfied with the drawing and shading, I started glazing with acrylic glazing liquid and liquid watercolor mixed in. The charcoal smeared a little but not as much as one would think. I started with new gamboge. The charcoal mixed in gave a subtle green quality to the glaze. I have quite a ways to go but it has been fun building up the image. I don't know how opaque I will get with the acrylic but so far it is very transparent. YUPO always adds an interesting quality to the finished work. I should be able to finish the piece tomorrow.

13 comments:

Dan Kent said...

Stunning stunning stunning! And that is all I have to say. ;)

jgr said...

I agree with Dan: stunning!!! I also like how you explain your process, I have never tried yupo but of course now I am going to put it on my 'list'. Thank you (again) for the inspiration!

Kathy McChesney said...

Thanks for a new idea. I especially love just the drawing before the color was added. Are you using regular or translucent yupo? And what did you use for the fine line work? Absolutely gorgeous.

Lauren Maurer said...

Wow. This is gorgeous and I love hearing about this different process!

liz hill said...

looks like an interesting method to try, post the finished piece. liz hill

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

I might add it's stunning, too! I like how you work with the media. The textures support the subject and add a sense of mystery. Inspiring

jane.w.ferguson@gmail.com said...

I love the top drawing.I so enjoy your company and your sense of exploring and adventure in art.You are great to be around Myrna.

Myrna said...

Thank you, everyone, for following the blog and taking the time to comment. To answer Kathy's question: It is regular YUPO. I didn't know there was a translucent version. The fine black lines are just the edge of the dark charcoal I drew with. I will continue to work on this one and post the final results when I am done.

carolpete said...

This would be great with the translucent yupo. You could then put colored mat board behind the image, another painting behind, etc. I find the colored mat board allows one to change the mood or temperature of the painting.

David Lobenberg said...

denessLove that charcoaling you did here. I'm going to show this one to my drawing students next week, because in a few weeks we get into portraiture in charcoal!

Krista Hasson said...

This is fantastic! I have some yupo in my cupboard, I have yet to use it, i will have to bring it out next rainy day

dominique eichi said...

You have some prints throughout the color piece but they do not look as they were done directly did you make the marks before the paint ?
wonderful piece . I 'm looking forward to seeing more of it.

RHCarpenter said...

I would have stopped with the charcoal "sketch" - lovely, delicate, just enough :) But then the addition of the acrylic added so much...good choice.

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