Exotic Shapes and Colors Upon Wood Grain
Sometimes it is fun to experiment with different grounds for an acrylic painting, searching for a suitable surface beyond the typical canvas or heavy duty artist's stock. With this painting I found that the grain structures on a wood surface can provide perfect shapes and textures for an imaginary scene in an atmospheric island setting. Back in the 1960's I remember watching a television program entitled "Adventures in Paradise" which featured the exotic tropical beauties of the South Pacific. Even in Southern California along the coastline and in Southern Florida along the Keys one may come face to face with the allure of the ocean environment and the unique colors of seascapes and stretches of sandy beach. This particular set of patterns on wood grain sparked an imaginative blend of shapes, colors and "island euphoria." When acrylics are diluted with water they often act like wood stains as utilized in the making of fine furniture or wood products. The artist can obtain some very subtle effects by working with the textures and patterns observed and highlighting certain areas via lighter or darker hues. I added some further points of interest by using acrylic gesso and white paint in a stippling technique, almost reminiscent of the French pointillist painter Georges Seurat (1859-1891), one of my favorite artists. The gloss acrylic medium provides a nice sheen to the overall picture, but you can also obtain an evocative dry effect by designating certain areas as alternative contours painted with matte medium to vary the visual characteristics of the scene.
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