My goal for October was to experiment with a few new art materials. As much as I love acrylic on canvas, I wanted to branch out a little, do something totally different, and push my flower still lifes to a new level. I started the month with a handful of wood panels and a box of pastels. I have a love/hate relationship with the wood panels. The "hate" being I don't like the way the paint hits the surface. The "love" being how glossy the finished product looks post-varnishing. The verdict is still yet to be determined for pastels. I haven't given them enough of a chance yet. 

Anyway, after being inspired by Sally King Benedict's work, I decided to pick up a few linen canvases as well.....

Enter my new art obsession. I wasn't sure what to expect from the texture, but the paint glides on so smoothly. One thing I love (but also hate) is that if you want to leave the background the neutral linen color as I do (as opposed to painting the whole thing), there's little room for mistakes. On one hand, it's sort of freeing and thrilling; on the other, it makes me a little nervous to know I can't paint right over something. All in all though, I think the linen background works well with my crazy colorful palette. It tones down the bright hues.



Past (art) product loves: 

High gloss varnish

Palette Paper

Rag Paper

November 10, 2014 by Evelyn Henson