Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Finished the Dragonfly Gourd to Mixed Reviews
I couldn't resist adding some beading around the branch handle and used some turquoise beads to repeat the stone in the dragonfly itself. Good turquoise is becoming more and more difficult to come by with so much of it either being reconsituted from chips or powder, immitation in the form of dyed howlite or magnesite, or Chinese or African turquoise which is greener and, to my eye, not as pretty. These cabochons and beads are American turquoise and are quite nice.
That said, I am happy with the painting job I did on her. She's done with acrylic - a combination of regular ol' acrylics, Golden gold fluid acrylics, Jacquard "rust" Luminiere, and Liquitex interference green, gold, and violet. It was quite exciting to work with this combination and see the sparkle on the tiny frog's beautiful skin take shape. I created most of the iridescence with iridescent and metallic paints, but also created some with just the juxtaposition of colors, specifially yellow green, yellow, and bright pink. It was an exciting painting project.