“Earthscape”

Here is a little piece I did on 4″x4″ Clayboard panel:
img_3826 I wanted to experiment with acrylic paint and airbrush medium to get watercolour effects. It was interesting to work with acrylic thinned down to such a degree. It was also interesting to work on such a smooth surface such as Clayboard from Ampersand. It’s nice that the surface is rigid hardboard that comes pre-finished using archivally sound methods.

You can see the very thin “watercolour-look” of acrylic paint here, on the upper region:
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In this detail, you can see the heavy acrylic paint with micaceous iron oxide. It contrasts the thin “watercolour-look” layer quite well:
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The dimensional aspect is further enhanced by the “encrusted” gold highlighted in some areas. I wanted it to capture the beauty of minerals and crystals found in the something humble and eternal as our earth:
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 Here is another detail:
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I enjoyed exploring the thick and thin of this piece but I am still undecided wether I should varnish it in matte or gloss. Right now, it’s quite glossy. Or I can varnish some parts matte and some parts gloss. What do you think?

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