Monday, December 1, 2008

. . . revealed some bits

of the painting that I actually completed yesterday. I plan to make a pair of these and would prefer to show them together, so right now, these are just previews of the first to be completed. I know, it makes a lot more sense to paint two at the same time. But in this case, I was using some new material and if it hadn't worked out, I would have had two unusable canvases instead of just one.

The new product I was using was the texture paint made by Behr. This time I used it straight out of the can, without altering it. The texture paint is not as thick as Venetian plaster and dries much faster. Another thing I tried, which I have tried before, was spraying some expanding foam into the wet texture paint, then spreading out the foam with a cardboard squeegee while it's still wet. (The foam I recommend is "Great Stuff". . . it's very sticky, doesn't clean up with water, so if you try it, don't get any on yourself, or be sure to have some sort of paint remover stuff on hand. I tried some foam that was water-based, but it didn't stick to the canvas and flaked off. "Great Stuff" will flake off, too, if abused, but not as much as other foams.) After the foam had expanded and the paint had dried (the amount of expansion is decreased when you spread it around while it's wet), I went back over it with a trowel and lightly scraped off whatever bits of foam would come off easily. It really leaves a wonderful textured surface. Then I drizzled on some paints and rolled over it with a brayer or spread it around with another squeegee. I just kept layering and daubing until I liked it. No paintbrushes were harmed in creating this painting.

I plan to get started on the companion piece today. . . let's hope they look somewhat alike.


Martha Marshall said...

Nice effects! I once created a big fake rock with spray foam and newspaper for a marketing gig. Have often thought about that stuff for paintings, but haven't tried it yet.

Mary Buek said...

Martha, I worry about the longevity of the spray foam. When I use it, I try to abuse it as much as possible before I finish the painting. . . scraping and bending and just generally being rough on it, thinking that the pieces that remain are there for good. Art in some ways is just like everything else. . . you apply your creativity to solving a problem, which is what you did when you created your fake rock.