that me whining for more sun? OK, I’m over it now. Robert teases
me about my 5-degree comfort range, but it’s harder to be obsessive
about my new direction when the studio is baking in 100 degrees.
But obsessive I am and have been for weeks. This is new. I’m
painting every spare minute, not worrying about results. (Hey, if you
do 40 paintings a week, SOME of them are bound to turn out!)
Here’s the technique which has me so excited: I’ve been working ‘round
to this for years. The first step in most of these paintings
involves the pouring on of either bottled acrylic paint, or if you’re
on a budget use the bottle craft paint. I’ve been using it a lot
and enjoy the play between the more transparent colors and the opaques.
They aren’t archival, but then I still haven’t heard from the
Metropolitan Art Museum, so it’s probably ok. ￼￼
The pouring on can be analogous colors or some triad on the wheel or
just earthtones. The first picture shows only this first step. I
make some swoops and circles and straight lines then start pulling
paint in interesting directions using a large palette knife or even a
plastic glazing tool from the hardware store. Actually an artist
named Ron Rogers bought scraping tools for the whole class. Check out
his wonderful art at: Ron
There’s a primitive part of me that wants to outline things & I had
fun with Sharpies and watercolor pencils. But now, I have rediscovered
the liner brush. Once my large swathes have dried I just start in a
corner and dance my way around the edges of the canvas or paper,
turning as I go.￼￼
The created shapes in the colors are just the starting point as I join
and define areas. The brush can be very thin and light and then be
instantly bold and demanding with just a little more pressure. Corners
are a blast and scrolls and flourishes just seem
to show up.
fun and freeing!
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