oil on panel, 10x10"
Do I have a story for you! I’ll have to give you the inside scoop with this painting and how I had to start over. I was painting in my studio and had just laid down the cherry red underpainting. This included the general shapes and facial features of Miss Honey Boo Boo.
As I began mixing all of my colors I decided to use some impasto medium (a thickening agent) which I’ve been meaning to experiment more with. Giving each color a generous dollop as I mixed, I then began to layer in the opaque colors onto the painting. After about an hour, my studio mate passed by my door and she expressed surprise at how quickly the painting was finished. I was surprised myself, and realized that I had to move quickly as my paint was drying quite rapidly, something unusual for oil paint.
“It must be that impasto medium,” I thought, “somehow it must have sped up the dry time.” I noticed it had taken effect on almost every color! Frantic, I tried mixing some colors without the impasto medium and the effect was still taking place. My paint was drying before my eyes!
After doing a thorough inspection of all of my tools and supplies, I realized ::insert hand slap to the forehead:: I had switched my titanium white oil paint with a very similar acrylic tube! Oil and acrylic can lay one on top of the other, but mixed and the colors will have a not so great reaction. Of course I repainted the painting, as I was after the buttery surface, but I’ll have to remember to double check in the future. This process is one reason why I’m calling this painting “Sneaky Sneaks,” because in the original version, the acrylic paint snuck up on me.
This furtive sideways glance Honey Boo Boo gives us suggests a secret that’s about to be blurted. I’m in love with the lil’ smile that she attempts to conceal. You just know the next thing coming out of her bright red mouth will be both charming and possibly slightly crass.
She’s one of my lucky charms this month, because when one thinks of this lil’ chubby face, and this expression, you can’t help but feel her excitement for what’s around the corner. I’d hope for viewers to bubble over in a mountain of snickers when passing this small work. As a little painting, it’s meant to stay close to the viewer physically, as if to share in an intimate moment of gossip, or a cheery whisper of good luck.
Ingrid Victoria Wells