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Painting: Layers of Time


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I had painted this Pointsettia on really crummy watercolour paper many years ago. It wasn’t a painting that I would hang on the wall and enjoy looking at, so it languished in my files for a very long time. So long, Pointsettia. It’s time to be re-born…

IMG_1980IMG_2019IMG_2053This version of “after” was too negative so I painted over it.  I thought it was starting to resemble part of our planet and war. Time to add more layers to this evolving painting.


“Painting Obliteration” Goodbye again Pointsettia.


During this phase I added texture to the underpainting by scraping loose shapes using a nail. This texture will show up in the final piece depending on the translucency of chosen pigments. Sometimes I would lay down paint then rub it off, and its colour would stain the scraped-in texture.


Layers of Time

Watercolour, Acrylic, Pencil & Ink on watercolour paper
10″ x 11″ (approx 25.5 cm x 28 cm)

Final Painting:


Close-Ups of Final painting: IMG_2939

© deb davies thorkelson    |    april 2015

5 replies »

  1. I like how this one evolved. I enjoy how you show the development of your paintings and in this one I am amazed at the beautiful detail you were able to pull out of it considering it was pointsettias, then global war, finally layers of time which is stunning. 🙂

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