‘Aqua Bay’ -first impasto

learning something new can be terrifying. since I rarely do anything too extreme, (aka. jumping from planes, swimming with sharks) my thrills come from challenges I set before myself, not knowing if the outcome will be wonderful or go horribly wrong. Sometimes the thrill comes from deciding to learn to make cheesecake, or to learning a new skill, like knitting- by starting with socks.

Acrylics were a new challenge. A totally different way of thinking from watercolor. Dry Gold was my first success, so it was time to bump up the risk. Paint with knives! Not quite as intense as throwing knives in the circus, but quite different. This was my first trial at impasto style painting.

the “borrowed Italian word impasto most commonly refers to a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface (or the entire canvas) very thickly, usually thickly enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture, the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.”

Follow my adventure with impasto with this painting of the Italian Riviera coastline in the Cinque Terre (five lands/cities), nearest to Riomaggiore. 

paints and knives

12″x12″x3/4″profile canvas

brush use for background

adding in land massing

adding depth to rocky areas

water details added

nearly completed

interesting texture shown when light from studio window passes over surface

signed and dated.

8×8 prints of Aqua Bay available in my Etsy shop_