Thank you all so much for your congratulations. It was very encouraging to me to keep on painting (which I have been doing while taking a little sabbatical in blogging). Floorcloths got into my psyche and for almost a week, I painted one with large bold flowers and dragonflies. The bug’s bodies were painted in and I waited until the very end to paint the wings. I wanted to use a glaze for transparency. I was so pleased with the floorcloth until that point. I should have left off the wings and had dragon-sticks instead. Oh, well. It’s only time. But I finished it, varnished it and placed it in front of my sink for some color for the summertime. Good news is, it got me back in the painting mode.
Marsh Wren with Nest
acrylic on board 18″x18″
Bird of Paradise
acrylic on board 12″ x 12″
These are done in reverse (rather like reverse applique). I painted the board, masked out the plant forms and painted the background on top, then added details and birds nests. I love painting birds nests. Hope you aren’t tired of seeing them. I am painting more of these!
I will let you painters in on a little secret. Home Depot sells small container samples of acrylic paint. The paints are thin (think wall paint which it is) but they have a wide range of colors pre-mixed and the price is $2.79. You get more than twice as much paint with the Martha Stewart brand than the Glidden. Go figure. I used these paints for the backgrounds and the blues on top. I am pleased with the result. And that is a lot less than Golden fluid acrylics.