Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's All In What You Call It!

It would seem that Teresa, over at Blueberries, Art and Life, thinks the ugly duckling needs a new title because she doesn't think it's ugly anymore. Hmmm, okay, but what do I call it? (As it's still kind of ugly, I think). And if you're wondering why this little 4 inch square painting is taking so long, it's because it's my "play" piece while I'm working on the competition painting.

Sometimes, I need to wait for a big wash to dry (and to keep me from getting impatient and messing up said wash) or I may need to gain some perspective on what to do next on the big painting, I'll paint a small piece to distract myself. This one has served that purpose well as the surface, Aquaboard, has kept me intrigued.

Something new that I learned today is that you can easily lift pigment. If you look closely at the center and some of the dark background spots, you will see that I have lifted the color. Almost back to the white surface, AND I could go back to the white with no discernible difference. It does NOT damage the surface - wow! Very cool! After learning this, I started lifting wherever I wanted to just for fun. Got a little carried away. But it's fixable!

This evening, I was talking with my husband about this piece and the unique surface properties Aquaboard has. I commented that "this little jewel sure was taking a long time" when I realized I had just come up with the new name . . . . . Summer Jewel. Is that acceptable, Teresa?!

7 comments:

  1. Well here is input from another Teresa -'Summer Jewel' is a lovely title. Glad to hear you are enjoying the Aquaboard. New surfaces usually have some surprises. They keep us on our toes! :-)

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  2. ...perfect! It is a summer jewel. I like that it's your "play piece." What a great idea...

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  3. It's great you have finally gotten to grips with that substrate - I know it was bugging you. And I LIKE this piece - I think you've been looking at it too much. If you put it away for a while and looked with fresh eyes, etc etc...

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  4. The perfect title!!! It is a gorgeous jewel!

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  5. I agree with everyone although I like Little Jewel also. I am fascinated how long you spend on each piece. Can’t wait to see the completion of your competition work of art.

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  6. Perfect title for a perfect little painting. Love the subtle yellow flowing into bright red. What a jewel!

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  7. Hi Laure,

    I'm back from my trip - catching up on my blog reading - and YES, "Summer Jewel" is a perfect title. Now I feel much better... this lovely little flower has gotten its due! :-)

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