Saturday, June 30, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Live Match on Lapis Lazuli
Acrylic on ivory piano key mounted on rosewood
I thought I'd try grinding the lapis lazuli pigment in acrylic medium, reasoning that the acrylic is colourless compared to the yellowish oil and so perhaps lending more clarity to the subtle colour.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Burnt Match on Lapis Lazuli
Oil on ivory mounted on Rosewood
While I was in london I visited a wonderful art supply shop, Cornelissen's , which has apparently been in buisiness since 1855. I wanted to get something I couldn't get normally and so I got some genuine lapis lazuli pigment. Lapis lazuli has always been a very rare and expensive pigment and was one of the earliest permament blues that artists could use before they had modern synthetic pigments such as ultramarine. It is a very beautiful and subtle blue and was most often used as a thin glazing colour in draperies and robes. I have heard stories that it was so precious that artists would save the sediment from turpentine they washed their brushes in! This was my first try out, using it thinly in the background for a match painting on ivory.