This is the final lesson for Julie's Layer Love class.
I gave up on the pair of wood pieces. I didn't like the thick layer of gel medium, nor did I like working on wood panel. I started over on canvas, and tried to incorporate most of what I've learned over the course of the entire class.
I kept to my idea, based on a comment Julie made in Lesson 8 where she said her piece looked like she was peering through a rainy window at a forest. I kept the Cardinals, but they are much smaller. I added drips, then many layers. The trees are fabric as well as modeling paste mixed with Payne's Gray paint. I added some lighter drips toward the end, but then pushed them back at the top and bottom. They look (to me anyway) like rain dripping down the outside of a window.
I've also been considering: What did I learn from Julie's class?
I learned a lot about patient layering of transparent layers of paint. I like applying drips and then pushing them back under added layers. I have learned to create depth through layering, and also luminosity, with light areas that almost glow peeking out among surrounding dark areas. I have learned to frame the whole painting in a dark layer around the edges.
Steve also pointed out that I have learned not to worry about the finished product until it's finished, because it's more about the journey than the end.
There were a few things that I tried but didn't like. I don't like scratching into the paint or using a texture tool to scratch or scrape texture into the paint. I don't like collage elements, such as bits of paper or text. But, as with all online courses, I try everything once, keep what I like and discard what I don't.
In the end, I have a deeper understanding of layering paint as a result of this class, which is exactly what I needed.