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October 7, 2012 October 7, 2012

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Today I finished a second painting using the gloss gel technique taught by Cheng Khee Chee. This was entirely on my own and I forgot one important step. After you apply the gel to the illustration board Cheng Khee blots the wet gel with a damp sponge to flatten and smooth out the brush marks in the gel. This gives you nicer texture. Anyway I am happy with this painting. I always struggle with realistic paintings but I feel like I am learning and improving. Hope your team won today. Go Colts!

Gel Exercise 2 – 1/4 sheet plate finish illustration board, gloss gel medium and transparent watercolor




October 4, 2012 October 4, 2012

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I have finished another piece I started in the Cheng Khee Chee workshop. My work is very rough but I was fairly happy with what I learned through this exercise. For this process, he uses plate finished illustration board and gloss gel medium to create texture. He applies diluted gel to part of the sheet to create the foundation for texture usually as part of a landscape. He doesn’t do a drawing but sees what developes when he applies color to the area. The whole process is very organic and he works primarily in earthtones and blues. The gel must be dry before you start painting or you create acrylic paint. He washes the uncoated surface with water and a sponge so it will accept paint better. On my exercise I had gel where I didn’t want it so I have some weird areas but this was fun to work with and, (looking at his work), I can see that you can get some remarkable paintings.

Gel Exercise (sorry for glare from the flash)



March 23, 2012 March 25, 2012

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:21 am
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Indiana is enjoying an early Spring – days in the 70’s and 80’s, warm breezes and sunshine. It has been a real pleasure to walk Buffy and Baxter around the neighborhood. We have a huge number of flowering trees and the bulbs are bursting out of the ground with color and dancing movement. My newest painting is inspired by these beautiful, fragrant Spring days.

Spring 2012

This painting had several new challenges for me. First of all, I found this partially use sheet of illustration board in my stash of watercolor papers. As you probably know the surface of illustration board is has different characteristics than watercolor paper – hard, slick and not very absorbant… but very interesting to work with and learn from. Additionally it was an almost perfect square – 19″ X 20″ – a size and share I had never used for this technique. Overall, fun AND a real opportunity to learn. Forces to me think! (PS I’m painting when I should be mowing my rapidly growing grass…oh well, priorities I guess…)