Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Textured Variations

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



13 comments:

padmaja said...

Gesso is such a boon and if used wisely may end up in great results. You taught me as you learned through these posts, Meera!

Meera Rao said...

Tanks Padmaja! i am glad you found it instructional --I wanted to share it - thats the best way to relearn and remember from my end too :)

Jane said...

Oh yes , you certainly had fun here :-)) !!

Meera Rao said...

Yes Jane, too much fun :)

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Meera Rao said...

Thank you :)

Crystal Cook said...

I love the freedom that I see in these pieces, and your bravery too. SO many artists are afraid to fail and that keeps them from trying new things, but not you and you can see the results in your work. :)

Meera Rao said...

Crystal, thank you so very much! Don't you think think its pretty neat that our art work tells when we hold back or when we embrace and let go? A workshop gives the excitement of new discoveries, new tools, new techniques --new possibilities :) and permission not to be perfect - that is what so freeing!

Sadami said...

Hi, Meera,
Wonderful paintings! You always work hard, but enjoying it, too. Your blog is full of joy. Thank you for sharing your joy with us!!
Best wishes, Sadami

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Sadami :) I am very grateful for the joy painting and drawing gives me --and I am glad I can share it and also that it shows :) Thank you for showing the way too !

Floriana Quaini said...

Ciao Meera, beatiful paintings!
I like a lot your style, is original and fascinating...(it is difficult to find the english word but I have big agreable for your work)
Ciao, ciao, Floriana

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Floriana ! You made my day!! :)

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