Friday, August 6, 2010

Artistic Polar Bear Challenge: 100 Ways In 100 Days. #82 - Crackle Paste

Yesterday's gel fiasco left a yen to redeem my interest in unconventional substrates.  Several days ago, I prepared several illustration boards with different products.  One was Golden's Crackle Paste.  The paste was applied about 1/4" thick, and left to cure for a bit and do it's crackle thing.

Now comes the interesting part...using the cracks to delineate the drawing and finding a bear amongst the fissures.  As if making up for the gel letdown, a bear silhouette became readily apparent.

All that was left was a gleeful brushing of thinned fluid acrylics onto the crackle "islands".

Crackle Paste Bear

The thinned acrylic washed into the 'moats' around the islands, providing an additional color dimension.

Sometimes, you just have to let go and see where a piece of artwork is going to take you.  I had no say in how the paste was going to crack, so the compositional decisions were entirely out of my hands.   That just freed Right Brain up to find the forms, go with the flow, and have a blast with color.  I like this piece, if nothing else but for the pure fun I had during it's creation.


debwardart said...

This turned out very cool! Once again you have created a unique painting using an art medium in a totally different way! (Dontcha just love the FA!!!!)

RHCarpenter said...

What a fun and exciting experiment this one turned out to be - I like the colors, too. You know, with the satin gel = they can't all be winners but you sure are toting up a lot of winners with your 100 bears. I am already thinking I am going to MISS this continuing experiment and experience and fun.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

You never fail to amaze me with your level of creativity - this is fantastic. I am with the others...I am going to miss this challenge when it has reached completion.

Lisa Walsh said...

Thank you Deb, Rhonda and Claire. This challenge has certainly pushed my artistically, and although I'll have time to move on to other things when it's done, I'll miss it too.

Cynthia a.k.a Cynnie said...

This bear is "cracking" me up!!! This is tooo cool!......wonderful experiment!!! This is so much fun!!