I'll tell you exactly what he says.
He says 'I bet you wish you'd never started painting me because you hate the end result and all those hours you spent trying and failing to portray my fabulous fur are hours that you can't get back'
That's what he says.
|Fox in gouache 21cm x 21cm|
I started off with the eyes which I was happy with but that fur - I just got so fed up with it that eventually I just decided to stop -I wasn't enjoying painting it anymore.
Still, it's a good lesson in how sometimes paintings just don't work out the way you'd like them to and I think it's a good idea to post my failures on the blog as well as the ones I'm happy with - it's all part of learning and improving, I guess.
In other news I'm very excited that I discovered that it's possible to create impasto paintings with acrylic and even gouache with the addition of impasto paste. I'm so happy because those are my favorite type of paintings -the sort I'd hang on my own walls were I to buy original artwork and I really wanted to try my hand at painting that way but I just can't be doing with oil paints (and the slowness and smelly turps) which I had thought was the only way to do it.
So, the Amazon Fairy has brought my palette knives and I'm just waiting for the impasto paste to arrive. I'm working on a set of four mini landscapes for one of the upcoming art exhibitions. I've nearly finished one without the use of the paste just by plabbing (a technical term!) the paint on super thick. So far, so good and I'm really enjoying using palette knives and a much more expressionistic style. Stay tuned- I'll post the results soon. In the meantime I'd love to know-did you find your style straightaway or are you still experimenting like me with different styles and mediums?