Working With Texture On Canvas

I started three canvases three weeks ago. I got all excited as I thought I would enter them into a couple of art competitions that I had spotted. I find having a focus like that can be a great way to concentrate the mind. I am somewhat deadline driven after all! But the best laid plans of Mice and Kims go so terribly squiggy at times and I missed both competition deadlines in spectacular form.

Textured canvas - tree study

I actually finished this piece a day after the deadline had passed. GO Kim! The other two pieces never got off the ground and are still sitting in a state of project beginning-ness. Mainly due to a convergence of commission deadlines, which always take priority.

All I knew when I started this piece was that I wanted to play with using gel medium to add a bit of dimension and texture to the work. I built the texture with Golden Regular gel and a palette knife then added layers of paint over the top once it was dry.

A close up of the texture on the canvas

The tree came along nearer to the end. A few layers in, I realised that what I wanted was some sort of focal point and a tree felt right even if there is a lot a blue and not so much green. Although the Quinacridone Gold wash over the top does give it a slight green tinge in places and a slightly aged look that I don’t think has been entirely captured in the photographs unfortunately.

Close up of the tree focal point

Close up of the texture from a different direction

I may have missed the competition deadline but I still like the resultant canvas with all its texture and it was a great learning process too.

Are you, like me, very deadline driven? Do you need a deadline to focus your mind? Or can you be productive without one?


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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Valerie-Jael

    Love the canvas! I can always work better without a deadline, no stress! Hugs, Valerie

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Valerie! You are so right! It nice to have no deadline and no stress! I wish I could do that like you but I think I need the stress to make sure I do the work LOL! Kx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you 🙂 I'm glad you like the canvas! Kx

  2. Carisa

    I love your canvas! Gorgeous! Deadlines are good for me although I will push it off and off until the 11th hour! Seems to work – I often wonder if I would be as creative if I worked ahead of the game sometimes. LOL

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Carisa. I am exactly the same, I put it off as well and then that last minute adrenaline rush seems to push the work out of me LOL! Kx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Corrie, I'm glad you like the canvas! Kx

  3. misteejay

    Love the canvas Kim.
    Deadlines do work for me but they also stress me out – as a result, I don't always enjoy what I'm doing if the deadline is too tight.
    Toni xx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Toni. Yes, same here. I need the deadline but it so stresses me out that after it is passed I'm too drained to work on the next thing! There has to be a balance but it never seems to happen! Kx

  4. Danielle Mack

    Very nice texture!

  5. Pop's Cards

    Beautiful sweetie love the colours too hugs Pops x

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Pops. Glad you got the pencil info 🙂 Kx

  6. Pop's Cards

    Thank you for the info on pencils you are a star x

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