Take time to experiment with texture. It is something that we sometimes forget about or take for granted in our art. Texture can change the whole feel of a piece that would otherwise be flat and uninteresting. It can be accomplished in many ways. The actual putting on of a layer of something rough, like Gesso, gives you a great foundation for whatever else you apply to your surface. The type of surface you use, such as wood, cold or hot press papers, fabric, etc. gives you instant texture as you see how your media responds to that surface. Layers of materials can add wonderful texture that make the eye bounce around the piece in a joyful movement to take it all in. And the different tones of a palette can also create that textural quality that delights and even tricks the eye of the beholder. Have fun adding texture to your art….

Tiles with Turquoise

Tiles with Turquoise

 Little hand made tiles, which I embedded with teardrop turquoise stones, were the catylist for this acrylic painting in shades of the South West. The three dimensional quality of the tiles and the tone on tone acrylic background give this small painting lots of texture.


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