|Fourteen acrylic on canvas 48" x 23" 2013|
Water beads up where the pouring medium is thicker, creating some interesting shapes and textures. Pat Steir mists her dripped oil paintings with water, creating the beaded texture of the paint as it congeals on the surface of her work.
I thinned the gesso with water on the next canvas. In some areas, the gesso had very little effect and the paint stained into raw fibers. I was working with a different brand of gesso than what I am used to. Even though it seemed very thick out of its container, it was much more transparent than I was expecting. In any case, I was able to work with the stains and to add poured and dripped paint. There is a small, strange happyface near the bottom of the canvas which I may disguise. While the paint was wet, I didn't notice it!
|Fifteen Acrylic on canvas 48" x 30" 2013|
I decided to trace forms from one of my detailed drawings and collage it onto a 'gallery panel.' I may create another transparent pour over part of the paper cut out. I considered making a stencil and painting the forms, but decided that I prefer the stark whiteness of the paper. I went back to look for Henri Matisse, Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings only to discover the huge expense of ordering a book which is out of print. I may send for it yet! My mentor during my first semester was kind enough to lend me his copy for a few weeks.
|Panel 1 Fireweed Acrylic and paper on panel 10" x 8"|