I have been having some fun with abstraction lately. I love layering different colors and values of colors on TerraSkin. This paper takes the acrylic wonderfully due to the very smooth surface. TerraSkin is a paper like product made of crushed stone and is practically indestructible. For these abstracts I started off by laying down a color in spots and then a layer of gel medium with a palette knife. After this has all dried, I continue to layer color on with a very large palette knife using varying pressure. Because there is a layer of the gel there will be spots that are raised and these spots take the paint differently then the smooth areas leaving a lot of texture and variation on the surface. I love how this looks and feels!
I was very honored to be asked to co-author this book available for sale as of August 2014 online and in many fine book stores. The book features the work of several fine artists as well as myself giving instruction on how to paint still life in acrylics. The book is beautiful and very helpful to anyone wanting to learn how to paint landscapes, still life and animals in acrylic and is full of great advice and lovely pictures explaining how to step by step.