textures and colors by Meera Rao
The last day of the "Variations" workshop was all about textures. We saw the possibilities with Myrna Wacknov's collection reference photos, her paintings, and use of gesso, stencils, stamps, patterns, tissue for collage, etc and unlimited imagination :) The day's task was to bring color, texture, value and other design elements together.
After the van Gogh like textures of my day 3 painting, I decided to tone down go for subtler texture :) and I like my final piece.
gesso covering old painting
After watching the demo about applying stencils, tissues, and stamping, I proceeded to gesso -not too thickly or carefully- a painting I didn't care for. Applying the textures subtly with stamps and even fingers, and lifting some color with the stencils, I prepared the paper. When the paper was dry I knew where and how I wanted my drawing to go. It did not really take much time to paint after that and I had to be especially be wary of not overworking it since it was so much fun to paint on the gesso prepped textured paper! Rest of the day I played with experimenting with preparing paper in all different ways.
Here is the photo with all my paintings of the week together:
variations by Meera Rao