Studio time 1/18/14 ~playing with trees

Greetings and salutations humans. I’m taking a little break from the studio and thought I’d share this mornings work so far.

I’ve been spending some time with Winters Birch this morning, please sit back pour a nice cuppa and relax.

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Still no real color application yet, I’ll be going back in and out of the trees on this piece often as I try to create a bit of a fog effect whilst still trying to give some depth and color, eventually. Here’s some closer pics;

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It should be pretty cool if I can actually pull off the combined effect of texture and a Asian style water color. And yes each one of the texture marks are hand applied with a 1/2 inch diamond style (trowel) palette knife.

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Okay well I’m going to rest for a bit, have a great day 🙂

Much love and light
Benjamin
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16 thoughts on “Studio time 1/18/14 ~playing with trees

  1. Exquisite, B: reminds me of the paintings in Japanese houses, the ones which often had a haiku as part of the full effect. I can see Japanese characters on it! But the colours also, to me, speak of higher selves, of transcendence, of an acknowledgement of starkness then opening out into something more spiritual. Ali xxx

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  2. May I ask what texturizer medium you use? Also, the same stuff on all the pieces, or variations depending on the work? At one time you mentioned gauze and texturizer. Do these stick down automatically, or how are you adhering the gauze to the backing? I hope I’m not being too nosy. But I love your more deeply textured sorta 3-d works.

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    • I use a variety of hand mixed mediums. My most standard is a mix of super fine grain plaster of Paris – heavy or ( master ) grade gesso- GAC 100 and water. Often applied with a gauze rag and or palette knife. Dive acrylics have changed so much over the last 30 years I’ve been able to come up with a mix that works for me different mediums, varnishes and pigment / H2o allows for a very close second to oil paint. And with fans and heat sources I can dry small sections while keeping others “wet” I’ve found over the years that many different effects can be attained by manipulating the mediums at various stages of drying.
      Thanks for asking.
      Benjamin

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      • Thank you so much for your detailed explanation. I thought when you wrote of gauze, you were laying it on the backing and putting the textuirizer over it, which is why I asked it it had to be glued down in some way. I also hadn’t thought of the wet and dry sections on the same piece — sounds like an interesting experiment. I take it you’re using a heavy enough “skin” or panel that it doesn’t warp and crack the plaster?

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  3. I think it’s beautiful and only getting better! Some might look at the stark birch limbs and think cold, dead….but I see promise, only through the shedding of her old clothes, will she be dressed in a new gown of glorious green.

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