Thursday, April 30, 2015
I added a Kali Yantra, and the figure from Tarot Key 8, Strength. I will alter those to make them my own. I also have to work on a lot of various parts of the painting, but I am glad to have found the additional images that I wanted. When I am looking for images to add to a painting, it is a case of "I'll know it when I see it." I look through all sorts of books and webpages, and finally something just clicks.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I used a technique I found in Nancy Reyner's book Acrylic Innovation. This is not the smoothest application, but I hope I will improve. The technique involves a mixture of 1:5 paint with soft gel gloss, in a squeeze bottle. I am really curious how it will look when it is dry. It will probably be somewhat transparent, because gel dries clear. It will probably also be darker in tone, and the dots and lines will shrink somewhat.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Yes, I know his face is blue right now. This painting is 60"H x 36"W. It takes a lot of time just to cover the canvas with paint! This is a dream image, and it has a way to go before it is finished, but it is a pretty good start.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
|Today's Layer of Paint|
Monday, April 13, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
|Blocking in Darkest Areas|
I have one more red panel to do, and it will be a closeup of some plants in a nursery. A bit of a departure from my landscape production. I am planning to throw in a few paintings of other subjects to keep things interesting.
This is all new to me, so I am learning as I go, like do I choose all similar palettes, or go with the individual image to guide me for color combinations, as I would have in the past?
|Clear Tar Gel Swirls (Dried)|
|Greenish-Yellow Wash Applied|
|Soft Gel with Green-Blue Interference|
Right: On a piece of white HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) I have painted swirls of soft gel mixed with interference blue fluid acrylic. I really can't see the blue at all, at this point. I hope it is not too subtle. These skins will be applied to an underlying layer of blue, to give the appearance of clouds. One meaning of pneuma is air, or breath.
After that, who knows? The pieces will have to suggest their next steps.
The bottom piece, Archaeology II, is fairly unattractive to me. The banana pudding look is gone, replaced by a shiny vomit appearance. The glittery X is now more visible. In order to create a boundary to pour in the gel, I used masking tape. It was an idea for pouring deeply. However, as the gel dries, it shrinks, pulling the masking tape inward towards the center. Now I am pondering how to build many layers without using a box like I have on the top piece. I considered a gallon milk jug, but that does not have a flat bottom. I will be looking around for a square plastic container that has a flat bottom, and which can be cut down to an inch or two on the sides. It would have to allow the release of the hardened gel. It might involve cutting the container away to get at the piece.
All experimental processes have these problems embedded in them, of course. I have several other ideas forming.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Sunday, April 05, 2015
The Hadron Supercollider is reopening, so I posted this on Google+ in response to a photo of the monstrous machine, which looks a LOT like Osprey's representation of it in Second Life. She came up with so many wild and wooly ideas, it was hard to keep up! But in honor of the Supercollider and Osprey Therian herself, here is her video from 2008.
Osprey's last self-portrait is up there with those works, as well as some of my sketches and tools.
Saturday, April 04, 2015
In my spare time, when I am not painting the small landscapes, I am experimenting with something I am calling "Pneuma", gels poured that form shapes.
The upper one is gel I smoothed into my small enamel tray, with a couple of other invisible shapes on top of that, and strands of twisted gel over that.
The bottom one was the concentric circles, but the ridges were not high enough to keep the self-leveling gel from overflowing their bounds.
Friday, April 03, 2015
|Oregon Coast II|
I deepened and brightened the foreground to bring it forward toward the viewer. I don't want to get caught up in what the camera showed. A painting is not a photo, it conveys the feeling of the place (or person or object), and it is not as flat as a photographic image can be.
|Oregon Coast II|
Thursday, April 02, 2015
|Clear Tar Gel on a Porcelain Butchers' Tray|
These gold-laced fragments are from making Osprey's wings. I am saving all my acrylic skin experiments, and trying to use them in new pieces. The lower photo shows these fragments in the shadow box. The first layer of gel is still curing, but once it is really clear I will place these as you see them (or thereabouts) and pour self-leveling gel over them. Where we go from there I have some inkling, but it is just that, a feeling of a thread of an idea.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
|Oregon Coast II|