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Old 07-27-2004, 04:31 PM
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Funky Grapes: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1

This is the first painting from the negative painting workshop I am taking that is based on the principles in Linda Kemp's book. This is patterned after one of the exercises in the book.

Size: Quarter sheet of Arches 140 lb. cp paper (slightly larger than you see below because some is cut off by the scanner)
Paints: DaVinci cobalt blue; Daler Rowney FUB; M. Graham Quinacridone Rose; Daniel Smith Carbazole Violet—all artist grade
Plexiglass sheet: several inches larger than the paper all around

Step 1: Wet the back side of the paper thoroughly with a large 2" brush and clear water.

Step 2: Flip the paper over onto the plexiglass sheet (it will stick to the sheet), and thoroughly wet the front side of the paper with clear water. Tilt the board and wipe up the excess water all around the edges of the paper so you don't get runbacks. Check to see if the paper is smooth or if there are any air bubbles; if there are, gently lift the paper from one end and lay it back down until it is smooth.

Step 3: Mix rich puddles of the paints you have selected for your painting. Remember, they will be lighter once they mix with the water on the paper.

Step 4: Using a large pointed brush drop and brush spots of color on your paper, leaving white in areas(you will paint over some of it later). I used only cobalt blue and quinacridone rose for this step. Lift your board and tilt it back and forth to let the colors flow.

Step 5: Dip the hard top of a brush in your accent color (the purple in my case), and draw some lines on the paper. These are the branches you see.

Step 6: Spatter some of the different colors you used and make abstract marks.

Step 7: Remove the paper from the board and place it on a wooden board so it can dry. This takes a while since it is soaked.

Step 8: Once the paper has dried, using the same colors, paint more branches negatively. To do this, paint one side of the shape and pull the color away leaving one hard edge. Turn the paper over and repeat, leaving a thin white line (the branch) between. Make as many of these as you like, crossing the positively-painted dark branches from step 5.

Step 9: Decide where you want your bunches of grapes to be and paint around the shapes with the different colors. You can repeat this step several times leaving shapes behind—check the leaf shape on the right.

Step 10: Add some more spatter now that the paper is dry and adjust your values.

We had fun even if it isn't a great work of art. I really enjoy the technique and tomorrow we will explore it in another way. Hope you enjoy this.

Funky Grapes


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Old 07-27-2004, 05:00 PM
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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Good job looks like fun.....
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oustanding result Sylvia!
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Old 07-27-2004, 05:13 PM
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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Thanks Alan, I know you do a lot of this kind of work in your paintings, so I appreciate you comment.

Many thanks too, Jan. It certainly is easier for me to paint more loosely with this technique. I can see why you enjoy painting with spatters and swirls in your still lifes too.

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Very spontaneous feel to it, lovely colour combination, probably
a complete different approach for you, but is certainly becomes
you Sylvia !!

Looking forward to what the next couple of days will bring...

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Sylvia, good job on the negative painting. It is so full of light and love the colours you chose for your pallette.

Looking forward to day 2's painting.

PS. you could place them in the negative painting project.

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Sylvia, I think you've done a great job on this, it certainly looks like you had fun, and is very interesting.......many thanks for taking time to do step by step, hope to give it a go (after i've finished my bug) .....really look forward to next instalment
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Love your Fun-ky painting, Sylvia.
You can tell you enjoyed yourself!
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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Sylvia looks real pretty..

Thank you for your detailed description too..

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Many thanks for looking and your kind comments Carola, Gail, Stephie, Doug, and JJ. I'm glad you could tell I enjoyed this. Something about it appeals to me, I guess I like the "fantasy" non-realistic look you get—sort of like YUPO painting.

Forgot to mention that the plexiglass is very important for this style of painting. The wet paper sticks to it so well you don't have to tape it down and you can wet both sides of the paper equally, which you couldn't do if you used another type of support.

You can also use 300 lb. paper, but it would take FOREVER to dry so you could go on to the next step.

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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Hiya Syl... Is this the first time you've tried this technique for a whole composition??? Looks like you've been doing it forever... I especially like your branches and leaves... Well done!!!!
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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

You say it's not a great work of art ? Hummp, I like it ! It's lose and free and looks like art ! Not a copy of a photograph. I look foward to seeing the next one.
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This is really fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well done!

I hope you do more with this techniques as it leads to such spontaneous and fresh pieces!

I would be tempted to add a yellow in with the CB a QR just for the sake that the three primaries will form various grays as well a the secondary colors!!!

Great job!



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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Great painting Sylvia and thanks for sharing it and the method you used with us... the most difficult part was probably painting the grapes... it seems there is a need for planning there, isn't it ?
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Re: Negative Painting Workshop, Day 1 Result

Sylvia, I really like it, but then I just LOVE negatively painted paintings, just can't do it. Thanks for the detailed instructions, maybe Flo and I will give it a try today.
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