|Unexpected Palette, 3x4, oil on prepped mat board|
Recently, Michael Chesley Johnson wrote about coating his wood panels with matte medium (see end of his article). I decided to combine the two teachers' ideas. I'm always trying to use what I have, instead of ordering the newest and greatest product. Although there are very lightweight pre-made panels available for the plein air painter online, I figured I could use the piles of scraps of colored mat board that were stored in my closet. I put on two coats of clear acrylic matte medium using a 2" house painting brush, brushing each coat in a different direction which gave just a very slight texture. Because they were colored, the panels would therefore already be 'toned'. I also coated the backside of the panels, which were white. This way, I could use either side depending on the subject matter.
Michael also recently wrote about using an alternate color palette of cadmium yellow, quinacridone red and prussian blue. I really enjoy using unexpected palette combinations, so gave it a try today on the panels I prepped earlier in the week. I got some lovely colors from this combination. I was having some problems with the texture I was getting on the panels. At first I couldn't decide what was the problem. I finally figured out that because the surface of the boards were so smooth and I was using stiffer bristle brushes - they were causing a 'scratchy' looking effect. I switched to a smoother nylon bristle and was much happier with the result.