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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Using Something New to Paint Something Old

I collect Florida memorabilia and books about Florida.  I like kitsch!  One of my favorite pieces is an alligator ashtray (made in Japan!) that I came across in an antique store years ago.  Here he is:

And, of course, I have a big conch shell purchased somewhere else.  My conch shell, as you know from previous posts, is a long-suffering model in many of my paintings. 

The other day I purchased a new product from Utrecht called "Acrylic Medium Retarder Gel" that I was anxious to try out.  It looks a lot like clear Dippity-Do.  So I set up my Conch shell, alligator ashtray, and some fresh azaleas from the yard.  I bravely slathered the medium on my canvas and went to work.  I was delighted at the wet-on-wet thickness of the medium.  Here is my finished painting.  I think the new product worked well for the old memorabilia.

Mona Vivar, "Florida Memories", 14 inches by 11 inches, acrylic on canvas
Available beginning Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 after 6:00 p.m. (PST) in my Ebay
All images copyright of Mona Vivar 2013

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