WIP Hat Trick Completed

Contemporary Realism -painting by Helen Shideler I am quite loving this technique.  I love that even with the layers of paint you can still see the impasto underpainting,- in this cast the texture I created with the burlap.  The process is mess and I admit I am quite nervous with it.  I usually know almost exactly what I am doing.  Not quite the case with underpinning and also with poured paintings.  The element of surprise and then the reality of what in the heck am I going to do with this?

I admit I am a planner.  I will decide on a element whether it be the subject or the texture and thing about it for days and days.  Obsessing really.   They all of a sudden, I know exactly what I want to accomplish and then just go for it.

I love poured watercolours.  One of my favourite techniques and I was really looking for  a painting method with acrylics that would get me as excited.  I believe I have found it.  For the past two years I have been all over you tube read every acrylic book I could get my hands on and observed the work of others.  I found a method that spoke to what I had in mind and did one painting being quote literal to the process.  This si the second painting.  I have started out the same way with the heavy impasto underpinning and sanding.  From there this is all mine (as far as I know) the application of clear gesso.