One PearWanted to create a painting with lots of actual and visual texture. Started with a small canvas, 9 by 11, and slathered it with gel medium to get some thick and thin areas of medium. Let dry overnight.

Then the painting was built with layers of drybrushed color; many layers of drybrushed color. The dry brushing gives the effect of broken color, letting some of the previous layers show through.

For those who don’t know drybrushing, you simply fill a dry paintbrush with paint; wipe off the excess paint then lightly move the brush over the surface to deposit color. When you run out of paint, start over. I usually start over with another color.

It’s a bit of a zen-like approach to painting but I love the effect.