Art in Hand “Ace of Spades” Progress

I’ve been working hard on my Art in Hand – Portland Project piece. I had a little moment of panic when I realized that using the liquid frisket forced me to deviate from the way I normally approach a painting. Usually I lay in a bunch of the background until I hit a point where I don’t know what else to do with it, so I move on to the major foreground pieces of the painting. Once I reach that same kind of point with the trees and birds I go back and fiddle with the background some more.

By using the masking fluid I found that I am not able to put aside the background to work on the foreground segments. This time I not only had the time constraint of leaving the frisket on the paper, I also had to feel pretty happy with what I’d done on the background because I had to remove the masking fluid in order to continue with the rest of the painting.

I’ve been working hard on the tree over the past few days, adding layers and tweaks to each little section. I need to finish up some details on the middle section and continue with the roots as well as the branch around the moon. When I get that done I’ll be ready to tackle the bird itself. Such a big section of black! That always makes me nervous.

Art-in-Hand WIP Ace Spades Bird Tree Gouache Moon Card Deck Playing-card

Ace of Spades Work in Progress © 2010 Lesley Atlansky

In other news, I put myself on the map! I signed up for this cool website called You can look for artists, studios, galleries and supplies anywhere in the world.

I also signed up for the 2010 Love Show -an “open-call Salon-style group show about Love of all Kinds!” put on by the Launch Pad Gallery. This year is starting off with a bang!

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2 Responses

  1. Bethany says:

    Oh, Lesley, that’s gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

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