These mixed media paintings are different from traditional watercolor paintings.
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When I was doing street festivals in Florida, I was doing this type of paintings. People would stand and stare at the paintings because they were so different from regular watercolor paintings.
People would just rave about them! They would stand with their mouths open. They would ooh and ahh over the paintings.
"What awesome paintings," they would say and they would ask, "How do you do it?" I never told.
Well since I am not doing festivals anymore and I am in my mid-70s, I figured - why not share?
I had been
doing butterfly paintings and it was getting tiresome doing all the detail. So to jazz it up, I decided to do some awesome paintings of butterflies.
The butterfly is painted fairly realistic. Around the outside there is lot of color and the Penta flowers butterflies love. The extra color and texture create a free and lively painting.
Sometimes when you are pouring the paint, it flows into unexpected areas.
The red and blue flowed into the butterfly's wing. That is not its natural wing color. But it certainly adds interest to the painting.
The acrylic texture sometimes grabs the paint colors and other times it blocks the paint and keeps it from flowing.
The added interest and variety makes awesome paintings.
On the way to a show I stopped to show my neighbor the paintings I was taking to the show. When I pulled "Freedom's Light" out of the travel bag, she exclaimed, "What an awesome painting!"
She could feel the heart of the painting. That's what inspires me to paint. When the viewer feels the painting, you know you did a good job.
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Ampersand Claybord has a smooth surface without texture.
I prefer to use Ampersand's Claybord for this technique because the poured paint flows smoother than on Aquabord.
The smooth board creates a nice contrast to the rough texture of the acrylic.