|Bison - varnished gouache|
In the meantime, I've painted a buffalo or bison for the first time and have to say it surprised me at how it came out. Another painting that I actually like - maybe I'm finally on a roll! This has been painted in gouache on a canvas panel. I gave the panel a couple of extra coats of gesso primer and the texture was really good for painting. After I finished the painting, I varnished it as usual so it wouldn't have to be framed under glass. Varnishing a water media painting is a little controversial but is becoming more and more common every day. The varnish gives life to the colors plus protects the painting from smearing and pollutants in the air. Since I use several coats of a UV resistant varnish, it also helps protect from UV rays.
And I have a couple of other paintings sketched out and waiting for their turn on the easel. I won't say any more than that except it might be a few days before I get to them.
I'm also back to experimenting with the coasters (see THIS blog post) but will write more about that in a future blog post.
It just seems as if I'm in a creative frenzy these days and don't have enough time and energy to get it all painted, crafted or cleaned!