Monday, December 22, 2008

Watercolor on Oil Canvas?







Erenus Gallery in Ankara asked for paintings on 30x30cm canvases for a group show called "Art in Squares" and I joined in with two paintings done with transparent watercolors on regular stretched and treated acrylic/oil canvases!
Being a purist at heart I couldn't have imagined myself doing this but as advised my friend Nicholas Simmons one has to concentrate on being an artist not a purist!
The first painting is a study on gessoed paper as a peparation for the other two done on acrylic/oil canvas.Bahadır Gökay from the gallery who also is a fine artist sealed(with a brush while I held my breath!) the paintings with a special mixture he uses for his paintings.It contains bees wax,turpentine and a stuff unknown to me.It gives the paintings a very nice sheen.

20 comments:

HELENE J said...

Wonderful art work!

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Helene,thank you very much for looking and leaving a message!

Brent Perkins said...

Three loose, flowing, beautiful watercolors.

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Brent ,thank you very much for visiting my blog,appreciated.

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Brent,forgat to add;thank you for giving a link to my blog too!

Deb Townsend said...

Fantastic Nusret, and it's nice to see you trying new things. Hard for a purist, but I think Nick's right. Such freedom!

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Deb,thank you,always nice to see you stopping by.

Mineke Reinders said...

I agree about not being a purist - as you've proved abundantly here, with these lovely watercolors. Hard to believe they are on canvas. Wonderful work.

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Hi Mineke z,thank you so much for stopping by,re watercolor on canvas,it is an experience which I can definetely recommend!

Maggie Latham said...

Nusret,
I adore the looseness of these paintings. There is a special watercolour canvas you can buy these days in the States…. I haven’t tried it, but I think you seal it with a special product from the same manufacturer...But I’m sure you know this already.
Did you have many problems with the watercolour not adhering to the acrylic gesso on the canvas?
You are such a brave soul with a purist heart.

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Maggie thank you so much.
Re problem with watercolour not adhering to the canvas;surprisingly no!It just feels different comparing with paper.This may not mean all ready made canvases accept wc same thou!

Shannon said...

Congratulations on your show and your foray into watercolor on canvas! Are these canvases gessoed or pre-treated from the factory? Wonderful job! I especially love the first and third!

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Shannon-thank you very much for stopping by.Glad that you like my canvas paintings.They are factory pre treated,the stuff maybe gesso thou I'm not sure.

Alessandro Andreuccetti said...

Great stuff Nusret! did you use standard watercolours or acrylics diluited as watercolours?
However what's important is the final image and your images are really well done.

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Alessandro-Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a message.
It is all transparent watercolours.I even don't have any acrylic paints(except those for aircraft modelling from 15 years ago)!

Patty said...

These are wonderful Nusret! Did you have to increase the strength of the watercolour at all? Did they soak into the canvas much? Very interesting!

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Hi Patty,thank you very much for stopping by.

I applied the paint as usual,no further increasing of the strenght.The paints surprisingly well soaked into the canvas!

Nikos Greece said...

Nice yorks on canvas!! But I have a question: Do these wc on canvas still need to be protected under glasses?

Nusret Topuzoğlu said...

Hi Nikos,thank you for stopping by.
Re your question;yes they need to be protected but not under glass.Maybe you can do it too but I don't imagine how?As I explained above the paintings were sealed by some sort of varnish.

Nikos Greece said...

Thank you Nurset. I believe that any acrylic varnish will also do fine!