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Thursday, February 12, 2009
. . . created random art
Since I haven't posted anything original in about a week, I thought this little happy accident might convince my blog readers that I really have been working on my painting.
The blue background is the result of sort of a monoprint I placed as a focal point in one painting. I wanted the blue area on the painting to look random and accidental, so I painted a combination of different blues on this piece of paper and pressed it to the canvas. Perfect, exactly as I wanted it to be. I finished that painting and still had this lovely piece of blue-painted paper sitting there. So I think, let's see where I can go with it. I stretched the next canvas and painted on a layer of gray gesso. There was some left on a homemade matboard squeegee, so I wiped it on the blue paper. I put some netting in the gray gesso to add texture to the painting, and then just flopped the wet netting onto the paper too. Same with the white gesso, applied both to the canvas and to the paper, using a plastic grid and the edge of a squeegee. Had a bit of red left over on a brayer, so I rolled it on. The same with the bright blue.
I love it when these little random acts of art turn out to be something interesting. Sometimes they don't. Sometimes they look like mud. Or worse. But this one is as done as I want it to be for the time being. That's not to say I won't change it at some point, because as I've said before, nothing that stays in the studio very long remains the same.