Shoot it, Sketch it: The iris patch

The iris patch – Nelson, 2011

The iris patch – Nelson, 2011

The iris patch – acrylic with palette knife, 255 x 200 mm, 2013

The iris patch – acrylic with palette knife, 255 x 200 mm, 2013

This was painted with my trusty palette knife (no brushes) so that I could experiment with texture (you can see it in more detail below).

The iris patch – in detail

The iris patch – in detail

18 thoughts on “Shoot it, Sketch it: The iris patch

  1. camilla wells paynter

    That’s beautiful, Anna, much moodier than the photo! I love the effect of the palette knife and also how you assist the impression of texture through color and “shadow.” Did you use a thickening compound for the acrylics? It has the look of an oil painting….a “trick” I’d like to learn, which is why I’m picking your brain. Any tips would be most welcome! 🙂

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    1. Anna Cull Post author

      Thanks, Camilla. There is a bit of a ‘trick’ to making acrylic behave more like oil… but I don’t make it thicker — I make it thinner. I use Golden Soft Gel (Gloss), a gel medium that is added to the paint to change the consistency/texture and, depending on the ratio of gel to paint, the transparency. That way it can be used in glazes (like watercolour but with more flexibility). I bought it to extend the drying time of my paint and fell in love with the product because it has so many uses (it’s even a glue). There are heavy gels available too (which would add body to the paint) which I haven’t tried. Yet.

      Happy painting : )

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      1. camilla wells paynter

        Why, I just happen to have a container of Golden Soft Gel (gloss) burning a hole in my “art cart” right now…..I usually use it as a clear coat/fixative. I am SO going to play around with that. I wouldn’t have thought you could get such deep colors that way. Thanks, Anna!

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