Home of the BRAVE...

Today I finished adding the stitched text into the large Star Spangled Banner Painting. Here is a detail of the text "BRAVE".  I LOVE the way it turned out!  Painting over the stitched paper gives an opportunity to create even more texture within the painting. Using Golden Brand Heavy Gel Medium I can decide which area of the painting I want to appear more translucent. I also left all the stings from the stitching to give the work a more organic feel.

After letting it cure for a day or two I will decide whether or not I want to call this one done or...continue adding.  Some works of art seem to let you know when to walk away...others want to hang on to you for awhile.  This one has got me for now!