View Full Version : Pop-surrealism style practice

09-21-2012, 03:57 PM
So I decided to have a play around with alkyd oils on a small gesso board. I'm very new to this.

I seem to be getting problems with brush strokes and lumps showing up (you can see where it's 'pulled' a bit around the right cheek), although that seems to be easing up a bit with each successive layer, especially since I went from using Liquin to W&N Artists Painting Medium.

I have the dustiest room in existence thanks to the wood floors so sadly it has a lot of fluff and dust on it already (despite covering it between painting). Has anybody else managed to overcome this issue? I clean regularly but it doesn't seem to help.

Tips and advice are very welcome!

Octopus Inc.
09-21-2012, 06:42 PM
You can try scraping the surface, after it has dried, with a razor blade to remove dust and hairs from the surface... I like what you've got going so far by the way.

Erica Shipley
09-22-2012, 11:56 PM
I also have all wood floors and have been struggling with the dust/dogs that seem to shed enough to make up for all the dogs in the world....

Thanks Octopus for that bit of info i never would of thought of it and instead have ruined several pieces trying to pick at wet paint to get hairs out...

09-24-2012, 09:39 AM
Good start here Loppi ! I can see a sulking teenager in this, familiar to us all no doubt! looking forward to seeing it develop, I have never tried anything like this myself so will be watching closely =)) I cant advise on the dust, but I have 3 cats and do get a load of hairs floating around when they moult, which feels like all year round! Sounds like good advice from Octo! Keep posting as you add to this, will be good to watch it grow and change. Cheers and welcome to WC Loppi =)) Debs.

09-24-2012, 10:04 AM
Thanks for your support guys!

I actually decided to start again, this time planning out what I'm doing properly. I sketched out my design on a wood panel after planning it in my sketchbook.


After that I sealed the wood with a few coats of Liquitex Matte medium. I decided to paint in acrylic this time as I don't think that would be enough to protect the wood from oils and I didn't have any transparent gesso.


I'll continue to post updates as I work on it :D

Black Spot
09-24-2012, 04:57 PM
Kudos for you starting again. I like where this is going.

09-25-2012, 12:25 AM
Pop-Surrealism, not a lot to say until you finish and perhaps we will get it?
Your drawing was quite wonderful

Erica Shipley
09-27-2012, 11:41 AM
Loving it so far. Very inspiring to try new things.

11-26-2012, 05:19 PM
love this art movement, i want to have a go at doing this sort of stuff myself. you're doing a real god job of this one. look forward to seeing more progress.