SWEEPING EDEN – ACRYLIC PAINTING

At last I committed the recent ink and wash sketches to canvas. From all the sketches, I had an idea of what I wanted to try, but the new surface created a different rheology with both the ink and the paint. The paper I used for the sketches seemed to draw the ink from the dropper allowing for extended lines. This didnt happen on the gessoed canvas and it was hard work creating the flowing lines that I wanted. Splattering the line work with water created far more diffuse effects than I had previously experienced, mainly because the ink sat on the surface and then reacted more dynamically to the water. And before that, the underpainting took a lot of effort to control, particularly on a more extensive surface, so from the start, the colour fields I had wanted were quickly abandoned in the pursuit of simply avoiding mud.

So I finished with this breathless piece which took on a horticultural demeanour as I struggled to control the paint – like herding cats, though at least I wasnt scratched or bitten in the process.

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6 thoughts on “SWEEPING EDEN – ACRYLIC PAINTING

    • Thanks Evelyn. There is an energy I like also – though skating on the edge of disaster is something I try and avoid by preliminary sketches. I’ve had too much work sink into the muddy and chaotic mire. Trouble with this one was the surface was different to the one that I practised on. For now, I’ll leave it against the wall and ponder on it later.

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