Shaking It Up – Views from The Artist’s Highway

Shaking it up

Views from The Artist’s Highway

Canyon Sunrise, Watercolor on Yupo, © J.M.Hulsey
Canyon Dawn               Watercolor on Yupo

  Tright here is consolation in mastering a creative medium—typically taking years, perhaps even a long time, to develop into fluent sufficient with our supplies and instruments in order that we are able to specific ourselves with confidence and fluidity. We come to see them as outdated dependable buddies whom we are able to belief with our tenderest artistic notions. Nonetheless, after a while carrying on efficiently on this mode, we are able to truly develop into too comfy and slip dangerously near repeating, in variations maybe, what we all know do finest. That is thought of a fascinating achievement in nearly another career, however not artwork.


   Every time we sense that we’re doing a little bit of sleepwalking by means of our work, we attempt to shake it up one way or the other. There are numerous totally different methods for this. It may be helpful and enjoyable to attempt to work in an unfamiliar medium or maybe on a brand new form of floor. Making an attempt one thing new modifications the best way we now have to reply to the supplies and in so doing, modifications the best way we take into consideration making artwork. It could actually problem our notion of what’s attainable for us. All good issues. 

   I had been working for many years in watercolor utilizing primarily Arches paper and located that my method to portray was getting drained. I made a decision that this was the time to tackle an unfamiliar portray materials and see what would possibly come of it. The fabric I selected is offered beneath the identify Yupo, and has gained a following amongst watermedia painters particularly. It’s manufactured from impermeable polyester and can maintain watercolor washes, however will also be washed off clear with water. I knew of Yupo, however had ignored it till I noticed a number of the marvelous work my good friend and grasp watercolor painter Mark Mehaffey has been producing. “Wow, that appears like enjoyable, and I must have enjoyable with portray!” was my first response. Certainly, in the event you watch any of Mark’s Yupo movies, he’s having enjoyable. (Take a look at a few of Mehaffey’s newest Yupo summary work here).

Water Lilies, Watercolor on Yupo, © J.M. Hulsey
Waterlilies                    Watercolor on Yupo

   I ordered some Yupo, which is available in a pair totally different variations, and started portray on it. For anybody used to the best way cotton paper behaves with watercolors, neglect nearly every little thing you realize. On Yupo, washes puddle, pool and blend collectively in fully alternative ways. Strokes don’t mix collectively properly in any respect, so the floor has a really calligraphic look. When you’ve got your desk on a tilt, as we do with conventional watercolors, then the washes of colour all slowly run downhill to a giant muddy pool on the backside. Good! A problem was what I needed and now I had a giant one. I’m nonetheless experimenting with this bizarre stuff and I’ve to report that it’s enjoyable to work with exactly as a result of I don’t know what I’m doing or what I’m going to get, if something. You’re seeing a few of my experiments right here. Better of all, it is extremely simple to appropriate—simply wipe off with a towel, and voila! clear Yupo, able to go once more. No worries of ruining costly paper – simply freedom to play. Strive it your self, it’s possible you’ll discover it’s precisely what you’ve been in search of.


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