This one’s using a technique new to me: painting with fluid acrylics diluted to watercolor consistency (very watery) on a clay-coated panel known as Aquaboard. Once coated with matt acrylic varnish you get a durable non-reflective surface that doesn’t need to be glassed. I’ll be trying same technique in the smoother-finished Clayboard, and on a primed wood panel also manufactured by Ampersand.
It will be hanging in Gallery 113 in downtown Santa Barbara through May.
This time of year the lagoon in the middle of the UC Santa Barbara campus is full of waterfowl of many species. If you jog past, these Blue-Winged Teal ignore you and keep on dabbling like the one in the background, but if you stop and aim a camera at them they quickly drift away.
Behind this paddling female were a whole lot of mallards of both sexes milling around with their bills down, but their eyes watching me. I watched them back for ten minutes and they almost never took their bills out of the water. Must have been something good to eat down there.
OK, sometimes I put some background in…in this case a foggy day at Hendry’s Beach.