Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wilkweed ~ "Blowin' in the Wind" Version 4

I have a short workday on Wednesdays, so last Wednesday afternoon I got the sudden urge to work on another Milkweed painting! I tried to take into considerations suggestions that I received here on my blog and on some art forums I belong to.
This one is quite a bit darker, and I tried to incorporate a lot of texture. I wasn't as successful with the Epsom salts this time, and had to get out the handy-dandy Proxa-brush to lightly scrub back to white for some of the seed fluff.
I finished this up yesterday morning. I happy with a lot of this: My experiment with granulating medium and India ink worked fairly well and gave a lot of interesting texture particularly in the bottom part. I also gave the whole painting a light spattering of iridescent gold acrylic paint which is easier to see in real life.

I think I could have done a bit better at composition, that's something that seems to get away from me sometimes!

Here is a closeup of some of the texture:

I think I've got a few more of these in me, so stay tuned!


  1. Oooh, Patty! I love this series. This one is a real winner--the texture is wonderful. I'm off to see if it's on CWF...

  2. Yep, it is, and thanks for looking and your nice comment! I think they're will be more!

  3. Yes! It has that "je ne sais quoi" feel to it. Just enough realism, just enough looseness - conveying the temporal reality of the subject. Now you see it, now you don't ... gone with the wind.

  4. Dorice, can you write all the captions for my paintings? You're a great writer!
    Thanks so much for your poetic comment.

  5. Nice and loose. Lovely textures and colours. Looking forward to seeing more.

  6. I'm very late to the party but I think all of your attempts at portraying milkweed pods are a success. This would make a nice little series. I'm not crazy about using opaque anything with transparent water but in some cases it just works. I love everyone of these!

  7. Thanks Rajeev! I hope to get back to doing more of these as well.

    Billie, thanks! As I said to Rajeev, I want to get back to doing these again. Need to order more supplies as well!

  8. I just found you blog. Thanks for the inspiration. I am getting back to painting after a decades long hiatus. It's nice to see how 'real' artists rework their art and stick with it. Your work is beautiful.