Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Solstice

Dancing With Creation
Sandra Duran Wilson

The Solstice is one of the happiest times of year for me because, here in the northern hemisphere, we experience the return of the light. The days begin to get longer and soon the plants that are frozen and sleeping deep in the earth will feel a pull to stretch and rise up to the sun once again. This is similar to our creative cycles. We must return to our core to replenish the creative seed. The long nights are a good time to take stock and set new goals that will grow and flourish with the increasing light. May your solstice be joyful and peaceful.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Layers of Texture

Night Sky - Sandra Duran Wilson

This painting has loads of texture created with plaster and gel mediums. I apply them as is and when dry I use glazes to create depth. The trick is  to let each glaze layer dry before adding the next. Apply the colored glaze, wait a few minutes and then wipe most of it off. You will have  that stays in the crevices. The next layer may have a bit more color left on. Play with the layers until you get the effect you desire. You can always go back and add more plaster on top to get a lighter area. Some crackle effects and transfers complete the piece.