The Saltaire Studio

The Letterbox series...?

The Letterbox series...?

Paula Dunn Artist the gloaming

So similar to the New Lights paintings I started off with a really bold and bright base colour.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

Decided to get out the Ivory Black R&F pigment sticks and get some marks down.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

These pigment sticks are so soft you can smudge and blend them on the page. Read my blog on the differences between pigment sticks and oil bars.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

Starting to add layers of colour now with a brayer. I didn't need to wait for it to dry as the Arches paper is so absorbent that the first base layer dried almost instantly.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

Adding a translucent orange to give some depth.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

and then pulling off excess and creating texture with tissue paper.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

Adding more colour so that the blending can commence. You can see the marks that the fan brush has made here.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

Felt the painting needed a bit of bling to it so brushed on and pressed in some metallic powders.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

 

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

Love the shimmering that the gold powders create on this painting.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

Decided not to blend so much with this one as I like the marks that the palette knife has made. Gives it that choppy effect which you see sometimes in stormy clouds. Oh and look at how the orange glows so much.

Paula Dunn Artist Gloaming

Is it a series? Well I seem to be creating quite a number of pieces lately using this format but also using the metallic powders. It is starting to be a fairly significant body of work that I have decided to hold on to them for now with the idea of exhibiting them all together at an exhibition towards the end of the year. 

Clearly they need a better name.... or do they? I have started to name them with the first paintings now renamed as New Lights and these two are called Gloaming. There is a theme here I think...

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