Winter has brought over 40 inches of rain to the valley and with the rain came a bit of flooding and a road that was impassable but luckily all is well. Today the weather is just too nice to stay indoors. My front yard has a few old oaks so I stepped out onto my porch to paint "Springtime Oak". It has been,
I experimented a bit more with the metallic leaf pieces that I have and I added some gold threads as well. The first layer of thread doesn't really show, so I added the second layer as the last element of the painting and coated it with a thin layer of clear medium to protect it. I have several layers of the metallic chips and they give a very nice sense of the layering in the piece. I also did a little bit of shellac burning which ended up as the little dots - a different effect than usual, and added some alcohol inks for some transparent color in the early stages.
Overall, it was an enjoyable experiment. It's nice to work small to try things out, but I think I need to do a large abstract using these techniques.