Mile 7: LeafPosted: February 7, 2010
For this assignment, we were to paint a leaf. Whitney introduced a new technique that I hadn’t really tried much before- scratching circles into the wet paint with the end of the brush so that the colors underneath peeked through. I wasn’t totally focused when I was painting this one, so I had problems doing this like it was described. The ends of my brushes were too fat to make nice little circles of color and the paint was drying before I was achieving the desired effect.
I wasn’t really getting the effect I wanted, so i started sort of forcing the top layer of paint away so that the next layer down surfaced. Again, everything was drying at this point, so I felt like I was just jabbing holes into my canvas. I don’t think I’ll be re-creating this painting to hang in my house, but I do like the colors and I really enjoyed figuring out how to mix the different shades of gold and orange. And while the scratching technique wasn’t a huge success for me this time, I do think some cool texture will emerge from it in upcoming paintings.