Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bittersweet ~ An Acrylic

Something totally different from my last painting, an acrylic on canvas! I had botched an earlier attempt at watercolour over gesso'd canvas last summer, so I thought I'd gesso over it again. My jar of black gesso was screaming out, "Use me! Use me!" (I guess it was lonely!) So I did.

The canvas sat there, a blank black square for a few days, while I decided what to paint on it. It almost became the background for a collage, but while looking through my reference photos I came across one of some Bittersweet berries I had taken at Rondeau Provincial park in the fall. My original intent was to use the photo as a basis for a watercolour painting, but I thought, what the heck, I'll do this in acrylic!

I almost left the background black, but decided it needed some zip. I liked the way some of the black showed through around the berries and also through the background in places.

I think I'll still do this as a watercolour....I told you I couldn't stick with one medium or method for long!


  1. I do love what you decided to do with the background! Gorgeous piece!!

  2. Thanks so much Manon! I'm pretty pleased if I do say so myself! LOL

  3. Patty,

    You see I got your first name correct this time (LOL)
    The background is awesome and is the perfect setting for the berries, You should be pleased :0)!!!



  4. Paul, thanks! Good job at getting the name right! LOL
    Thanks again, and I was happy with how it turned out.

  5. Patty, the background is stunning! A beautiful painting.

  6. I appreciate your comments, Christiane!

  7. Patty,
    I have just awarded you the Sunshine Award because I admire your art so on your blog and on Wetcanvas.

    Please come to my site when you can to see the list of the other recipients.

    I don't want to add to your busy schedule so feel free to pass the award to others as informally as in your thoughts :-)

  8. Christiane, wow! Thanks so much! I will go over to your blog this afternoon after work and check it out!

  9. OOOOH, Patty, this is splendid. I love the texture of it and the bits of black all around. BRAVA.

  10. Thanks Kate! Isn't it neat when you think you'll just have fun and try something out and it turns out pretty good? Sometimes I feel like I have to not try so hard to make good things happen.

  11. Patty, this is really beautiful! Those berries pop right out at you. I'd never have considered a background like this for the subject matter but it worked!

  12. Billie, I didn't know if it would work either, but that's the beauty of acrylic. If it hadn't I could always have painted over it!
    Thanks so much for looking!