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Friday, February 20, 2009
. . . played with paint
This is one of four pieces of foam core that I kept beside me while I have been painting for the last few weeks. Whenever I remembered, I would use the leftover paint and texture material to decorate these pieces. These things are heavy. . . there are just layers and layers of stuff on them. You can kind of tell the color pallette I've been using from these paintings. . . lots of blues, grays, white, black, and a spot of red here and there.
I also realize that I haven't used many paint brushes in these paintings. . . mostly I've been using trowels and squeegees to apply the texture medium, and then using a brayer, squeegee, or a crusty old dried-up paint roller with lots of texture on it to apply the paint, which results in rough surface coverage and allows for variations in the colors. I have discovered Liquitex extra-thick gesso is good for an underlayer of texture, as well as black and clear gesso to which I can add color.
On these little pieces, I have also seen firsthand the effects of multiple layers of paints and washes. Although I layer my paintings quite a bit, I'm sure many artists apply more layers than I do. Much of the paint on these layers is quite opaque, but even so, I can see the underlayers have an effect on the "finished" product. So even while I was playing around, I discovered things I can use in the future.