Nothing to Lose

Putting layers of opaque paint over an already layered board substrate,  my preferred surface for collaging, scraping, sanding back and generally degrading the surface.  Many colours applied at random, new and varied colours I would not normally try.  Perhaps it could be harmonised with a glaze, but what to choose.

Mardi Gras

Colour……… and more

coloured crop

After ‘printing’ with oilstik I worked back into the print with oil pastels and moved the colour around.  Then I scraped back in places to get back the lights and added some brights for contrast.  Once again line and texture are an important part of the overall effect.

This method adds some new tricks to my tool bag and could hold promise for work in the future.   Have to graduate to something larger in due course.

At Level 2 now in the Lockdown scenario – 7 weeks indoors more or less. The country begins to move again.

On a wet Sunday in Level 3

A good day for playing in the ‘art room’ as the drizzle falls outside.  Rain is welcome and we need more still.

Another experimental piece from the Lockdown series.  Many layers of acrylic with some saturated colours, some transparent overlays and light printing and stencilling onto the paper.

cropped saturated colour

So the river runs… still in Lockdown @ Level 4

Lockdown Daze # 25

Another small fun piece.  Losing track of which day we’re in as far as the lockdown goes so no number for this one.  It will have a sibling in due course.  Using the paint pens I bought a while ago, tracking over many layers of paint.

A quote I found attributed to one Neil Gaiman..  “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before”

ain’t that so

No. 2-20

Layered acrylic paint , gesso, graphite, and lots of sanding back, all on heavy watercolour paper.  Working small so as not to waste materials, and feeling OK about not having expectations of a finished painting at all.
black box

Starting Over

in the pink remakeA new  take on an oldie  – getting over the pain of covering something that has been with me for a while.  Actually it’s quite cathartic to do this. Back when I was working in watercolour a long time ago,  when the time came to tear those up and collage them into other works, it felt  good, useful and fresh.  Gives them another life.  This is work on board 900 mm  x  600 mm and now has several layers of acrylic, paper and irridescent medium scraped and smoothed over the surface.

Working on Canvas

I  bought a long palette knife to play with and this is my first attempt using it. Kind of like buttering bread, and the ‘give’ of the canvas makes for unpredictable marks

The sky, the earth and the layers beneath.

This piece now available at Thames Art Gallery, on the coast road to Coromandel town

Strata scape