All That Glitters is Gold? Using Gold Leaf in Paintings.
After spending quite a lot of time looking at art and thinking about what I really like ... which ended up being art with abstracted figures and faces in it ... I have gone off and started a series of non representational works. I decided to work in one size, 24 in square, as I already had several in this size and I like the look of a grouping of work all in the same size. The two I am currently working on are in a limited palette of black, white, grey, red and gold the gold being gold leaf. I love the way gold leaf glitters when the light catches it. I am not sure if they are quite finished yet but in the meantime this is what they look like.
Gold leaf is a bit tricky to work with. It has a tendency to fly away from where you are trying to put it if you even breathe on it. You lay down a glue where you want the gold leaf and then you have to wait until the glue is almost dry before you lay the leaf on and smooth it down with a soft brush. Finally you have to fluff away the pieces of leaf that are not caught by the glue. Hopefully then you have leaf where you want it. I also have a glue pen which enables the creation of quite interesting lines in gold leaf.
Doing the non realistic paintings has made me quite unsettled about what direction I want to go in my art but I guess that's part of the allure of doing art, it's such a voyage of discovery.