The Three Graces
18 x 18
Hmmm where do I begin with this one?
Okay I will start with technique.
I got some Golden Crackle Paste because I felt like experimenting. When it came in the mail I looked at it and thought what am I going to do with this? So I went on the Golden website and looked up product info and it said that you could use the paste to do Fresco. Now my heart was starting to beat.
I used a palette knife and spread the paste all over the background- not the women at first because I knew I would have to work fast. I then spritzed the canvas and my paints with water to keep it wet. You don't need a lot of paint - a little bit tints the plaster.
After I did the background, I did the same thing with the graces.
Now the challenge with Frescos used to be that if you wanted to change or glaze anything cracking could be a big problem. Since I was using crackle paste and looking for some cracking I didn't worry about that. I did lots of water/acrylic washes over the whole thing to achieve depth.
I let it cure for quite a few days - close to a week to see how much it would crack.
It cracked just like an old fresco.
I love it.
Oh- and - I did not mean for it to turn out so close to the original (Raphael) but I got so lost in the technique. My husband said it was very common for the old masters when they were trying out a new technique to paint close to who they were studying so I guess I am in good company.