Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Contraptions and Varnishing revisited
I recently mounted my hair dryer on my tripod. It looks a little crazy but it does help save me time by allowing me to dry work while mixing paints, going through reference, blogging etc. The piece shown has been progressing at a frustratingly slow pace. Just recently made some decent progress and it's starting to pick up. Building up the piece as a whole just isn't that fun. I want to get in and noodle away but without proper context things often need reworking. I think it's about ready for some noodling...or if you prefer, some detailing.
After experimenting with some varnishes (Golden's Matte & Satin acrylic varnishes) I decided to go with Satin. It looks great. It unifies the surface of the painting and sets the darks a little deeper adding some nice depth to the work. Quite a nice effect. 3 coats seems to do the job. Too many coats and it starts to get streaky so be aware. Thanks to everyone who dropped some knowledge on the previous post!