They Put You In A Box So You Can’t Get Hurt

Okay, I managed to get the painting done, and I even managed to take a handful of photographs while doing it:

Here’s that gessoed surface I mentioned earlier:

I decided I needed a bright, colourful background texture, but to start with, I just squeezed out the words ‘The Wish’ and ‘All I Need’ in gold and silver acrylic paints respectively:

After that, I used scrubby sponges to mash and spread the gold and silver into a roughly homogenous sort of fuzzy undercoat (I spattered and sponged on some gloss gel medium afterwards; I’m hoping that helps reflect some light through the bits that still show through):

Here’s my palette after the first of three applications of black and white acrylic paint (I really piled it on, this time around):

And here are the colours, a few of which I used during the third round of acrylic:

This is the results of the first stage of painting. If I had been trying for a Jackson Pollock effect, I’d have stopped here:

The second coating got it into the realm of where my style starts to take over from Pollock’s. The important thing is, it’s still mostly chromatic at this stage:

Finally, the board is almost completely covered in crisscrossing splashes, slashed and drops of mixed paint. In this final stage, I integrated a few blobs of primary colour into the composition:

So that was where I stopped. I don’t know for certain if the piece is truly finished. I’ll need the piece to dry for a few days (it’s REALLY thick), and then I’ll have to spend some time getting acquainted with it to see if I like where it’s at, or if I’ll have to do another stage or two of painting to get it where I really want it to be.

For now, the piece is called ‘Wishing’. It may change. This piece took a fair bit out of me, but I feel like another session may be in order. And of course, it won’t be complete until I apply a couple of coats of varnish to bring out the colour and vibrancy again.

Thank you for reading and sharing (please share) this blog entry with your friends. And remember, just because it looks like something that could be done by a child doesn’t mean it doesn’t take work, skill and imagination to apply those colours and tones more or less where I want them to go, creating the effects I wanted to see. I started making paintings like this over twenty five years ago. You have to accept that there is more to it than it seems.


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