Funny how sometimes you’re just not OK with a completed image.If I stare at a painting for a few days and it leaves my empty, I simply start over. But I start over cautiously and judiciously. After all, there may be areas of the original painting worth keeping!
My most used painting mediums are white gesso and gloss gel. The gel I use to create some surface texture but, more importantly, to separate and protect areas. I’ll cover a faulty painting with a layer of gel applied with a painting knife. With the gel in place and dry, I add liquid acrylic to some gesso, cover the surface, then wipe off the gesso I don’t need using a damp shop towel. By repeating the gel/gesso steps I get some amazing depth, textures and color changes.
The gel, of course, gives me a soft, pastel look. If I want warmer, richer colors, I switch to gel medium and glazing medium and transparent liquids. Gel medium is applied and dried; glazing medium with a little color is brushed over the surface and dried. Gel medium, again, then paint etc until I’m happy with the color.
Once I’m happy, a layer of Tri-Art dry media ground gets squeegeed over the entire surface and I switch to graphite and charcoal for gesture and toning of the work.
A final top coat of gel medium then a layer of matte Liquitex acrylic varnish and we’re good to go.