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Thursday, June 19, 2014

   "I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set it free"


                                                             My latest journal entry
Painting angels has been an obsession with me lately.  Kate Thompson's class has taught me so much about backgrounds, plaster and veiling.  Love the look of veiling and blending the colors into the main image with Golden Acrylics and watercolors.  I have tried the alcohol inks, but prefer the softness of the watercolors.

I found these metal butterflies that someone discarded. Using these, and a well worn Prima stencil, I applied texture paste with a palette knife. Spreading it onto the shape and into the stencils. Placing it here and there to the background and allowing to dry.  Removing heavy areas with my palette knife .Then, placed it out in the sun to dry quickly.
Faces can be somewhat challenging at times.  If you don't feel comfortable drawing the features directly on your painting, draw it onto a piece of tracing paper first.  Then with a well worn piece of graphite paper, lightly add it onto the face.  Ever so lightly, just to get the placement.

Angels are shining down on us today.  A beautiful sunny and a good day to enjoy all that summer brings.

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