The world opened up to her colour...
“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.” ~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden.
“The world opened up to her colour”. 9 x 12 mixed media on watercolour paper.
I am always game to try something new. In this painting, that something new was gold leafing or what was supposed to be gold but turned out to be bronze leafing.
I used my own carved leaf stamps that I had prepared for another assignment a few years ago.
I was really happy that I could use up the old bronze sheets of leafing paper that I must have had in my art stash since the 1990s. This was a new technique and had I followed instructions the first time, I would have been finished sooner. I glued on the leafing sheets the wrong way and I had to start that over. Live and learn once more!
The acrylics are watered considerably so that they give the effect of watercolour. This is a technique I learned (and am far from having mastered) from artist Lauren Rudolph. You can see her amazingly vivid paintings by visiting Lauren's website.
I have used this technique before, here in Letting troubles float away.
and here in What I learned from trying out a new technique
I added stamped lettering (store bought) in the background, and the colours were achieved using Neocolours II. Pitt Pastel pens were used in hair as well.
It seems to be a pattern with me lately to throw everything that I possibly can at a painting and see what happens.
The learning continues.