Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Cross

My church asked me to paint an abstract cross with this color scheme. I didn't paint this in one day - but I painted daily on it for a week and half!

It measures 5 feet by 3.5 feet. It's watercolor painted on stretched Fredrix Watercolor canvas and finished with a spray matte varnish - which doesn't show at all, but seals the color onto the canvas.

Here it is hanging up.

If you'd like to see a slide show showing the progress of the painting... you can click here.


Theresa Bayer said...

Wow, that's really impressive!

Looks like a combination of watercolor and oil painting in effect.

How do you like working on watercolor canvas?

Lee said...

Very striking image, Melanie.
Excellent effect.

Erika Nelson said...

WOW extremely successful! Please tell us how you liked the wc canvas!

Melanie said...

Thanks everyone!

I personally LOVE painting on the watercolor canvas. But it takes some technique learning and it's a challenge to keep the "watercolor" look!

This is Fredrix, but I want to try the new "YES" canvas for watermedia and compare!

Maybe I'll do a post soon with "canvas" tips that I've learned!


Lori Andrews said...

Gosh Melanie - This is really impressive.. I can't tell you how much I love this! Just beautiful! I soooooooo want to be able to paint abstractively. 5 stars my friend!

Mark said...

It's beautiful Melanie - striking and impresive, and looks fabulous hanging. Love the colours too. Bravo indeed!!