Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lost World Circles

Myrna Wacknov's paintings on Tyvek intrigued me and I tried one but the watercolor just beaded up on it. Then she blogged about using a Golden Acrylic product called GAC200 that increases adhesion to slick surfaces. So I coated the Tyvek with a GAC and gesso mix as recommended on the bottle, let it dry, and then I was able to get some success with the watercolors. I played around with making circles and lines, used some watercolor crayons and some acrylic paints, and finally drops of alcohol. When I thought I was happy with it I let it dry. While I was looking at it upside down I noticed that I had three circles in a vertical row right in the middle! (Top painting.) Aaaagh! The curse of putting things in the middle. I put the top picture in Photoshop and corrected the two lower circles and liked it better so then I went into the real painting and did some watercolor editing. The surface, being rather slick was pretty easy to edit. The bottom picture is the finished painting, Lost Worlds, 8.5x11 . I showed it to a friend and he asked, "Why paint on Tyvek rather than traditional paper or canvas?" I came up with three reasons; you get at different effect, it's a challenge, and the Tyvek was free (a builder gave it to me).


  1. I like this very much! Seems like its been a while since I've visited, and I love what you've been posting (I commented on the last one too and I also like the small moleskine paintings though I could not comment on everything!). Personally I see nothing wrong with the three circles in the middle - I like it. They do vary in size, after all. As you said in the last post (I think), don't care what other people think - that, to me means you can disregard some of these rules sometimes!

  2. Well, David and Dan, thanks for taking the time for your comments. Once I saw the three center circles they bothered me, so out they came. Besides it was fun to use the photoshop to see what the corrections would be like and also to see if final alterations could actually be made on the painting. All a learning experience.



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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.