Painting with Contrast

This painting really came to life after the multiple layers of material that I added to the panel. Playing with plasters, metallics, and some special mediums, it began to appear like a background you may see in a ballet, focusing on the atmosphere of impressionism. I decided then to work on two variations the high contrast of the subject in relationship to the background, making it appear to pop off the surface.

The willow I wanted it to have a slight breeze moving across the strands, so it reflected the delicacy of the background, as well as a sort of curtain for the Kingfisher.

The Kingfisher is diving into the painting that simulates water below, seeing more than we the viewer can through the abstraction!

I love the feeling of drawing on tracing paper, it is so smooth. I draw on that paper typically because I can see through to the background for placement!

I love the feeling of drawing on tracing paper, it is so smooth. I draw on that paper typically because I can see through to the background for placement!

Painting the willow

Painting the willow

Plaster in the background, layered with metallic paints create a soft backdrop to the willow and the Kingfisher

Plaster in the background, layered with metallic paints create a soft backdrop to the willow and the Kingfisher

Here is a close up of the acrylic glazing of the kingfisher

Here is a close up of the acrylic glazing of the kingfisher

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