Pouka Art & Photography  |  Danica Barreau, CPP  |  614-678-3058  |  Grove City, OH

Hand Embellished Paintings

I’ve been creating digital paintings for almost ten years. My techniques have evolved and I’m constantly learning and trying new ideas and digital brushes. Twenty years ago, I bought a print on canvas from a big online company and wanted to frame it. It was a great image but I thought it could use some more dimensionality. I went to our local college art shop and grabbed a container of gel medium. It’s a transparent/translucent acrylic gel that painters use to thicken up their paints. In this case, I brushed it over my canvas print, following the brush strokes, to make it look “real”. It worked, I had it framed, I hung it up, I forgot about it. Fast forward to a few months ago when I was having a conversation with an extraordinarily talented digital artist who said she loved her latest creation and was going to do an “acrylic overpainting”. A… what? Why would she paint over a digital painting with acrylic paint? She then explained that she was using a transparent paint medium.  The lightbulb went on.
I’ve spent the time buying different brands, weights, and glosses of the gel in order to find what works for me. I commandeered every canvas sample in my studio that I could practice on and I’ve narrowed down the product and perfected the technique.  I find that the hand embellishment adds a dimension of depth and texture that adds a final level of artistry to the digital painting. I’m so excited to start offering it as an enhancement to my existing art product line!

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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