Red Sky

“What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.”
– Ovid

Red Sky

6″ x 8″ Golden Fluid Acrylic on 240 lb Watercolor Paper

This project started when my friend, Deloras taught me a trick she uses often in her paintings.  She actually uses these sheets for her “found” paintings, but I didn’t “find” anything in this sheet, so I used it for something else.  Deloras finds one little something that she can build a painting around and her paintings are wonderful.

In this painting, I used a piece of a sheet of watercolor paper that I had prepared earlier.  I dribbled pure acrylic color haphazardly across a piece of watercolor paper, then smooshed saran wrap on it and let it dry.  The full sheet below shows what you have when you pull the saran wrap off.  I cut off a 6″ x 8″ piece, then marked a border around it and taped it down to a board, covering the border.  After I did the 5″ x 7″ painting, I pulled the tape off and was pleasantly surprised by the way the border looked.

I used the other part of the paper, too.  I’ll show you tomorrow what I did with it.  Very fun!  🙂

About Ovid

Publius Ovidius Naso, the Roman poet known as Ovid, best known for the epic Metamorphoses, is considered one of the greatest poets of Latin literature. He was born in 43 B.C. in what is now Italy. He rose quickly in Roman government and was on track to become a senator when he chose to devote himself to poetry instead. His tale of Pyramus and Thisbe is the source for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Emperor Augustus exiled Ovid from Rome for unknown reasons in 8 A.D.; he died in exile in 17 A.D.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: October Night (Saran Wrap Print) « Leslie White
  2. lesliepaints
    Mar 08, 2010 @ 09:36:45

    This is absolutely beautiful. I think it makes more sense with the acrylics because they are opaque. I can hardly wait to see what you have done with the next one. By the way, the windmill looks like it belongs in all that color.


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 08, 2010 @ 09:57:58

      Thanks, Leslie! I was a little surprised when Doloras told me she used acrylic on these. I always thought they were watercolor pours. The reference photo had the most brilliant blue Canadian sky! 🙂


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