When playing in my studio the other day, I decided to try to create my own Golden Paint Mixes, along the ones created by Michael DeMeng that I blogged about here. I am pretty happy with this formulation, which I call "Halloween Night." It gives the feeling of nighttime but is light enough to be able to create on top of it - a nice alternative to a straight black, I think. I started with a wash of carbon black on top of a gesso'd ATC (for texture). I wiped off a lot of the black and then swooshed/pooled on a wash of Hansa Yellow and dried it. When it was completely dry, I added a wash of transparent iron oxide. Do you think I'm on the right track?
And because I'm worried that things are getting too dark & creepy here on the blog, here's a quick art journal page I made in the studio today. I used the Creative Therapy prompt, "What was your first kiss?" Mine was in first grade with a boy named Michael Tarbox. I still remember it very strongly (and fondly). Feel like sharing yours?
Speaking of the studio I work in, have I mentioned that we rent it from a woman who makes specialty cheesecakes? Her creations are true works of art. Check out this link to see her wedding cake gallery. A wonderful side-benefit for me is that the studio always smells fantastic! Plus, she will often share "left-overs" with my weekend classes if she has any available!