Another one from my archives, "Blue to Red" was painted using a technique I read about in an artist's manual years ago. I apply the paint to newspaper first, then use the paper to put the paint on the vinyl. In reverse. This is my messiest technique, which adds to its allure for me. I need to make more messes, the painty kind. I love the texture and marks that result from this method of applying the paint in layers. My hands get coated with paint while doing this. I am usually quite careful, since it's pigments we're talking about here. I coat my hands with a barrier cream before painting, which does nothing to protect my manicure should I be foolish enough to think it will last.
I like how challenging it is to control the paint this way. I get blurry soft edges, and an unfocused look. I also like the "accidents" that happen. I'm working on a new flower series now, and one of the things I am playing with is focus, and object/background relationship. Often, while painting objects, I separate them from the background. I want to start mixing that up, softening some of the edges, playing with perspective.
Shoshana visited me today! I'll write more about that in a later post, but let me say right now that it was fabulous to meet her. I am excited about the new collaboration we are beginning this month. Thank you for coming to my studio, Shoshana!
"Blue To Red" 2004 30"x28" acrylic on vinyl in reverse SOLD