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Painting: Wine Country Series – La Hora Feliz (Happy Hour!)

ART-LaHoraFeliz-HappyHour-Final 4La Hora Feliz (Happy Hour!)

Mixed Media on Paper: Acrylic, Ink & Pencil
10 1/2″ x 13 7/8″ (approx. 26.6 cm x 35.24 cm)

all images & text: © deb davies thorkelson   |   march 2015


This was a fun painting to work on! It is the first painting in the Wine Country series.
To see more paintings in this series search on “Wine Country”
Here are some work-in-progress pics:

I started by applying a light skim coat of white Gesso over a very old watercolour painting that I never finished. Following the general shapes I loosely sketched out some areas in pencil.

I started by applying a light skim coat of white Gesso over a very old watercolour painting that I never finished. Following the general shapes I loosely sketched out some areas in pencil.

I started laying down broad areas of acrylic paint using a variety of tools: paintbrush, credit card, paper towel (to add texture)...

Broad areas of acrylic paint were created using a variety of tools: paintbrush, credit card, paper towel (to add texture), and even my fingers… very therapeutic!

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As I added layers I started defining shapes, using both opaque and translucent paints to cover or alter the colours beneath. Texture was added by scribing into the surface & applying more paint and in some areas scrubbing it into the surface then wiping some of it off.

Both opaque and translucent pigments were chosen to either cover or alter the colours below. As layers of paint were added I began defining and refining shapes.

Areas were further defined with pencil and black ink.

Texture was added by scribing into the surface & applying more paint, and in some areas scrubbing paint into the surface then wiping some of it off. Areas were further defined with pencil then black ink.

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You can see that there was a bit of a curl to the paper, so the last thing I did was mist the backside with some water, sandwich it between pieces of clean, coated cardboard and weighed it down overnight to dry. It came out perfectly flat and dry the next morning… Next: I’m going to frame this happy piece and hang it in my kitchen…

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