|Struggles in the Southwest by April M. Rimpo|
Like Harder Times this painting was poured, but with fluid acrylic instead of watercolor. Below are a few images showing steps in creating this painting.
The image at right shows the result of the first pouring of acrylic paint. The acrylic was poured after I transferred the drawing, then masked areas I wanted to keep white. The first pouring uses the lightest colors in the painting, filling the role of the lightest mid-tone. To accomplish this with acrylic, the pigments are very diluted with water.
When the first layer dries, more masking fluid is added to some areas where I want the lightest mid-tone. A second pouring is done that has nearly the same amount of water mixed with the paint. Since it is on top of the first layer of color, it looks darker. I added more blues to the second pour allowing them to mix with the Quinacridone Coral pigment to create lovely lavender shades in areas where there are shadows.
In this third process photograph I have added a few darker areas and, when the paint dried, I removed the masking.
Notice the golden tan stripe along the left edge. After I gallery wrap the painting over a stretcher frame, the stripe will be on the edge of the painting. Sometimes I run the image around the edge and sometimes I use color stripes.
This last photo was taken after several touch-up sessions. A variety of dark colors is added in the darkest shadows under the rocks and more color to the crosses. A great deal of work was done on the rocks to blend some of the dark edges and to emphasize the twigs and grasses in the sand around the stones.
There was a small amount of additional touch-up to finish the painting after this image was taken. The finished painting in the top image shows just the front of the painting after gallery wrapping.