Once the gel had dried on yesterday's bear, it was peeled off of the glass, and flipped over. Thin color washed were applied, letting them glide and pool over the slick gel surface.
Once that had dried, the image was flipped again, and color washes were added to the front of the image, letting the colors visually mix with the background colors.
Totally Acrylic Bear
Yes, I know, this one is pretty awful. Well, they can't all be successes. I'm laughing at the absurdness of it myself. You know where this one is headed....
Now...onto the final, the ultimate, the number 100 of 100, the concluding...yes.. the very last bear.
I thought about this one quite a bit. What to do for the final bear? I wanted something fantastically eye-popping to end the series, but decided that the whole idea behind doing the series was to stretch myself artistically, and try methods I probably would not have tried before. What did I like? What caught my eye and make me say "Wow, I'd really like to incorporate that technique into future works?"
There are two things that really rev my artistic engine: texture and depth. So I'm going to experiment with combining some of the 99 previous methods to achieve this.
The first step is a little texture, as used in the Batik Bear. Fiber paste was loosely applied to a wood panel, and when dry, the bear was blocked in.
Once that was dry, like the Encaustic Bear, a layer of acrylic "wax" was applied, thick and textural.
And that's where we'll leave it for tonight. I want to play with this final bear, think about the combination of methods, learn what works and what doesn't. Whatever works out of this experiment is going to be used in future pieces, and define where I'm headed style-wise.
Stay tuned, we're not done yet. And yes, maybe I feel a little bear withdrawl coming on, and can't quite give him up yet.