I love how different this commission is from my abstract and Chinoiserie work. One perk of my “job” is the opportunity to explore and create all types of creative directions which keeps things interesting, challenging and exciting.
To begin this piece, I gathered my favorite Golden Tube Paints to create a soft antique palette. The client who commissioned this piece was particularly fond of Fitz Hugh Lane, a maritime painter who lived from 1804-1865. Typically I create a Pinterest board for a project, you can see some of the maritime pins I used for reference here.
There are a lot of crackle effect products on the market but I have to say Modern Masters offers the best tiny porcelain crackle products I have yet to use in my 20+ years as an artist. Here you can see you need Step one, the Basecoat and Step 2, the topcoat. Technically there is a step 3 as well but I usually end up making my own which you will see later in the post.
Look closely….you can see me applying the base coat of the crackle process over the entire painting. This is very challenging over a large surface because you can’t over brush and you must keep the coat even all across. After it’s applied, you wait for it to become tacky before going for step 2. I usually wait at least an hour.
Unfortunately I do not have a photo of step 2 being applied but it’s basically the exact same looking as the previous photo since it’s also clear. Step 2 creates the crackle effect, a shrinking if you will of the surface on top of the base coat. Here you can see I’ve created a raw umber glaze (my own) and continue to brush it across the entire painting.