I’ve spent the last week going through my old painting and blog archives and cleaning things up. I found this old mixed media painting, Cloud Cover, hiding in a forgotten folder.
I painted this girl in 2008; she’s acrylics, mica, and beeswax, on an oval wood plaque.
Cloud Cover 2008
This piece just sort of happened: I painted the girl with acrylics and built up the background using layers of heavy gloss gel. The gel medium dries thick and you can mix paint and mica into it, you can spread it like frosting and glue things into it. I added layers of translucent color and texture in the background with a palette knife and they looks like clouds to me. I painted washes of acrylic and beeswax over top of the clouds saw rainbows and rain in the shapes, so I painted those in.
I really like her face and eyes. Her eyes are my favorite blue, pthalo blue, bright and ethereal. I’m glad I found this scan, because I gave this painting away a long time ago. She’s over 4 years old! I really want to create another version of it and compare the two.