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.


  1. 31 August 2015 / 9:51 am

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

    • 1 September 2015 / 2:43 pm

      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 September 2015 / 2:43 pm

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

  2. 31 August 2015 / 3:44 pm

    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 September 2015 / 2:45 pm

      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 September 2015 / 2:45 pm

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

  3. 1 September 2015 / 6:21 am

    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 September 2015 / 2:47 pm

      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. 2 September 2015 / 8:33 am

    Beautiful sweetie love the colours too hugs Pops x

    • 2 September 2015 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks Pops. Glad you got the pencil info 🙂 Kx

  5. 2 September 2015 / 8:33 am

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

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