Sunday, October 4, 2009

when red days settle in blue hours

The following is When Red Days Settle in Blue Hours. 20" x 14" acrylic on Rives BFK paper. (I don't have my high res. camera and had to record with my phone's...which sucks)



  1. hello,

    just wanted to comment and say that this is really beautiful. your paintings really have a lot of emotion and soul poured into them and it's quite amazing to watch.

    if you have time, i have a question. is it that you are using lots and lots of acrylic washes to get such subtle tones? they are really beautiful...

    ~ curiousmoth

  2. I love the process, the final image came out lovely. Great work :)

  3. I just set this as my desktop background. It's a beauty, as always Tran

  4. is this covered with initial layers of gesso?
    i've found while working on rives that while it takes one layer or two of paint or watercolors, it starts to deteriorate...i cant imagine it holding up to the sharp point of a pencil without tearing it to pieces, if it doesn't have gesso on it. or is it a different type of rives than what I'm used to seeing?

  5. Thank you guys for the love!

    moonlantern: Yeah, it's a bit tedious but it's a gradual build up of value.

    disani: No, if I layer gesso on it first, the acrylic washes will start acting weird and uneven. it's standard Rives BFK.

  6. You're welcome!
    Another tiny question, then... how on earth do you keep it from tearing from the abrasiveness of constant building up and sharp point of the pencil?

  7. disani: Well, the color pencils are pretty soft, not like graphite pencils. I do use a layer or two of fixative to give it more of a surface.