Part 4: Exercise 4.4 – adding thicker paint

Brief

Using the paintings you made in Exercise 4.1, look at the scene you painted and add thicker paint to these thinly painted works. Leave areas of the thinly painted work visible. What effects have you created by applying areas of thicker paint?

Process

For this exercise I thought about adding impasto oil paint to add texture and raise areas above the surface. However, I decided to experiment with different media – relief paste and nail varnish. I did also use touches of thicker/thinned oil paint (is there such a thing?)

Part 4: Exercise 4.1 – Shoe rack and book shelves with hung painting on paper plate
Part 4: Exercise 4.4 – Shoe rack and book shelves with hung painting on paper plate – thick and thin

Adding gold, blue and green relief paste and brown, yellow and red nail varnish picked up the image on a plate to become a more sizzling version of one of my domestic interiors – particularly the ‘golden road’ in the picture on the wall.

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Part 4: Exercise 4.1 – Egyptian wall sculpture, jug, Egyptian scroll and bookshelf on cut off piece of football
Part 4: Exercise 4.4 – Egyptian wall sculpture, jug, Egyptian scroll and bookshelf on cut off piece of football – thick and thin

OK, photographed on a slightly different background, but nonetheless the addition of relief paste and nail varnish has definitely lifted the colours.

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Part 4: Exercise 4.1 – corner shelf with ornaments above book shelves and wooden chest on ceramic plate
Part 4: Exercise 4.4 – corner shelf with ornaments above book shelves and wooden chest on ceramic plate – thick and thin

Judicious use of relief paste and nail varnish has brought this image to life – the gold relief paste has a lot to do with this I think.

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Part 4: Exercise 4.1 – ornamental boat on shelf painted on clock surface
Part 4: Exercise 4.4 – ornamental boat on shelf painted on clock surface – thick and thin

Lift off! or rather ‘sail off’ with confidence – brighter, picked out colours again using oil paint, relief paste and coloured nail varnish.

Part 4: Exercise 4.4 – ornamental boat on shelf painted on clock surface – thick and thin, a wee bit wonky!

Feeling a wee bit queasy – well look at the horizon and not the clock! I rather like this angle and the beauty of painting on the clock is that the image can be viewed in a number of ways.

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Part 4: Exercise 4.1 – music recording equipment painted on old vinyl LP record
Part 4: Exercise 4.4 – music recording equipment painted on old vinyl LP record – thick and thin

Restrained addition of thicker media on top of thinly applied oil paint. Again telling a story, but now with some striking highlights.

Stuart Brownlee – 512319
20 April 2017