My Creative Process: Gold

From grays to pure colour

Having consistently resisted adding anything but the wonderful gray combinations it is time to introduce some pure colour in selected areas. I usually begin with the tree trunks especially when they are in the foreground. In this particular painting I used Cobalt Blue and Quinacridone Burnt Orange for the combination in the trees. Instead of choosing the orange I went with Quinacridone Red and carefully filled in the lines the puddling left behind to render the trunks with a more solid appearance.

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Details and adjustments.

Creating harmonies

The water is a combination of Phthalo Green (Blue Shade) and Quinacridone Red hence the harmony created between the trees and the water. The symphony has begun. Using some blue interference I lightly cover the surface of the water unifying the blue/green shape. Interference gold is sprinkled throughout the foreground grasses as well as a few strokes of various colours already present in the painting.

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The tools for metal working!

Playing with gold

I often add some gold (real gold) or silver (tin foil) into a few circles around the centre of interest and to help the eye move around the painting. It is fun to play with the circles before I glue them down. The tin foil is no problem although it ruins scissors. These are my metal cutting scissors. You will notice a few other essential tools such as the hat pin. It draws a line in the metal around the lids and tubes for circle making (the same ones I used to create the texture). Gold sticks to fingers so the tweezers are extremely useful as well.

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Not knowing much about gold at first I bought both.

Two types of gold

There are two types of gold. “Best Ducate Surface Gold” is the one on the right. The tweezers are holding down the page. Don’t breathe while using this as it floats and crumbles with the slightest provocation. Even the heat in my studio is too much for it so I tuck myself away in a less breezy corner before I begin to fill in a circle. “Best Patent Ducate Double Gold” is the one on the left and much easier to use as it has been applied to a paper surface that cuts into any shape you wish. I use regular gel to glue it down.

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The finished painting.

Almost finished

At some point I decide to end the process and I consign the “finished” painting to a wall or some distance place where it stays for a while before I can really declare it complete. Of course, it is far from complete at this stage of the game. There are still the very time consuming finishing touches, the subject for our next Creative Process.

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