Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I've been thinking a lot lately about texture and how those various spontaneous marks often 'paint' a picture. This abstract started with nothing more in mind than creating some different marks on the paper and trying to get a bit more texture into the work.
I started by sprinkling the paper with water, then tossing in different colors - making sure that the paint I tossed in was rather thick. I moved the paper around, spitzed it with alcohol, placed some wax paper in the background for some mountains, and added scrunched syran wrap to the center of the painting. I added some salt, dribbled some water, splattered more paint - then let it dry.
When I removed all the texturizing pieces, I added some negative highlights to give the texture a bit of form. Then, as the painting emerged as mountains, sky, sun, I added the tree to give a bit of reality to the piece.
It was fun ... and a good way to help break that constant question "what will I paint today?"
Off to work -- hope you have a great week! Keep your brushes wet!