Red Riding Hood
Acrylic on canvas 11 x 14 inches
I saw this movie recently, Red Riding Hood, and the luscious fairy tale cinematography really caught my imagination. I have always loved fairy tales, and this one seemed just right to try painting a few of those fleeting still shots from the film, and my own imagination! This was a difficult painting for me — I used Golden’s gel medium “Fibre Paste” as a texture layer – not so good for this kind of a painting. It dried to a really hard finish that looked something like 1950’s California stucco. I couldn’t even sand it away. I probably should have started a new canvas, but I was already partially invested in the painting before I realized it was going to be an issue. The plastic surface was the thing that really put me off. On the jar it says “A flexible film with a handmade paper appearance. Use as a texture or as a ground on canvas or board.” I liked the idea of a handmade paper appearance – but that isn’t what it looked like at all, and I kept thinking I could make it better somehow. No. It made all the acrylic layers turn very patent leathery, and I kept trying to sand them off, I tried matte medium, I tried all my tricks for decreasing the inherent plastic look of acrylic, which I usually do not have a problem manipulating into a less plastic looking surface. I can only assume it was the “Fiber Paste” ground layer. Anyway – this looks about as good as its going to look. I can’t seem to figure out why they call it a “look of handmade paper?” Doesn’t look like any handmade paper I’ve ever seen. So I gave up painting and just attacked it vigorously with sandpaper. I do kind of like how the sandpaper made the stucco look like snow, I thought that was kind of neat. Anyway, I’m working on some other paintings in this theme without the ” handmade paper” look. Now I’m trying encaustic, just a clear layer of beeswax – this hasn’t worked out to well for me either — you will see what I mean in my next post!
PS: Do visit Michele’s blog http://michelemeisterart.blogspot.com/ to see her really powerful images of Red Riding Hood – her’s are so beautiful I am totally inspired and a little daunted – she is an amazing artist!