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Sue Galos
10-09-2005, 01:34 PM
We had a more relaxing stay here - these paintings were over 3 days (mornings actually) work - I traded a little painting to the owner of a local wine bar in exchange for a bottle of wine .... :D . We did several experimental works - more abstract and perhaps not as successful. I like some of what happened and will work on these ideas again on larger paintings.

1. traded piece ( very wonky - but he liked it) 7 x 9 1/4 140 lb markers & paint mix
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2005/23784-lake_como.JPG
I included a small sketch og the doorway of the wine bar with the owner sitting on the step - sitting not quite on the step - because he came along as I was working and asked to be included - I actually suspended him in air ... oops :o
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2005/23784-Piero_Bellini.JPG

the next 2 were done as mother washes with pen contour sketches on top - I did a second because the placement of the lamp didn't appeal to me
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2005/23784-bellagio_day_9_a.jpg ;http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2005/23784-bellagio_2.jpg

this one was a contour done with wax crayon then worked into - I'm not too happy with this one - I think I was drawing the flowers nearby but I can't remember and it sure doesn't look like anything in particular
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2005/23784-experiment_2.jpg

the last one was a juicy ala prima of flowers; gel medium to protect parts; then charcoal worked in and lightly washed in places - this technique has potential - but I didn't care for the original composition
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2005/23784-experiment_3.jpg

bluegenes
10-09-2005, 02:58 PM
Wow, Sue you sure did a lot of different things here! Like them all!
What a wonderful holiday you must have had! (insert jealous icon here)

Patty

artmom
10-09-2005, 03:14 PM
You really were on a roll, weren't you, Sue! :)

Lyn

Pars
10-09-2005, 04:09 PM
I'm really admiring all the work (and photos) you shared. Thanks.

Curious about the one you did with charcoal. Did you have to fix it or just the charcoal with the gel medium. Very interesting combination of materials.

You must have had a wonderful time.

Strider
10-09-2005, 06:28 PM
Sue, these are wonderful! Oh, and in my book, Wonky is a good thing. ;) My favs are the pen n' wash...gorgeous. :wave:

CharM
10-10-2005, 10:22 AM
Hi Sue... this is really a varied body of work... I love those two lamp works... Congratulations on your trade... Please get these into the Gallery!!! Lots of people need to see the gorgeous paintings you've finished!!!

Sue Galos
10-10-2005, 10:42 AM
Thanks Char, Strider, Pars, Lyn and Patty ... :wave: I did have a blast! Italy is incredible beautiful. I'll go again.
This was a group painting trip with a painter guide, a fellow retired art teacher. On my own, I probably wouldn't have explored as many of the last few techniques - my work would probably have stayed more like that first day in Venice with some sketching thrown in. The guide/instructor is paid and the rest of the group were beginner/intermediate painters so she was making sure they got their money's worth. It was a good review and reminder for me because I tend to forget all these techniques when I do plein aire.

Pars - the charcoal was washed on top of the whole thing, gel working as a resist and yes it will have to be fixed - I think an archival spray varnish. I've done something like this before, but instead of gel - I used white gouash (sp?) heavily over the image, let dry then black ink over all - let dry and wash - the gouash washes mostly off, but the ink stays - interesting results similar to this

Patty - I'll let you know what trip these guys plan next year , you could always take vacation time and go with them .. :evil:

Pars
10-10-2005, 11:36 AM
Thanks. Sounds like you are likening it to the "wash out" technique. Something I only recently learned about.

Enjoyed your work!



Pars - the charcoal was washed on top of the whole thing, gel working as a resist and yes it will have to be fixed - I think an archival spray varnish. I've done something like this before, but instead of gel - I used white gouash (sp?) heavily over the image, let dry then black ink over all - let dry and wash - the gouash washes mostly off, but the ink stays - interesting results similar to this

seedy
10-10-2005, 12:59 PM
Hi Sue....
Must have been hard coming back.....like the wonky one....
Did the same thing with a painting down on Margarita Island....
Got a bottle of rum....

jaytee
10-24-2005, 09:47 AM
Sue....... just came across your 'mother wash plus contour sketches' in the monthly gallery so HAD to come and search them out ........... very pleasing and interesting results with these..... do try more in this style, please :) and when you put them in the monthly gallery, be an angel and add a thread reference !! I was searching under various title key words which of course didnt exist !!! Nearly gave up on you ;)

Sue Galos
10-24-2005, 12:03 PM
Brian - rum on Margarita Island? should have been Tequila! In my case it was wine and cold weather ... :evil:

add a thread reference !! I was searching under various title key words which of course didnt exist !!! Nearly gave up on you ;)
thanks jaytee - but I don't know how

jaytee
10-25-2005, 03:10 AM
Sue.........

You need to have the original thread in which you first posted the finished picture open.

Highlight and copy its address from the address bar.

Go into the monthly thumbnail gallery where you are posting the pic and paste the address in the comments box :)

Hey Presto !!!