Size: 11″ x 14″
Importance was created using acrylic paint on canvas.
This piece is currently on exhibition at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia until May 7, 2017.
Importance was created using multiple layers of acrylic paint to create unusual textures. It began with the sides of the canvas being wrapped in painter’s tape, creating a tray-like effect. This allowed me to pour large amounts of paint into the canvas without it spilling over the sides.
I used many pastel colors, which had been thinned with water or acrylic varnish. I poured the paints onto the canvas and then gently rocked the canvas back & forth. That part was something of a failure. The colors didn’t mix the way I wanted them to, but the great part about paint is that you can always paint over it. I took the blowdryer, on its highest settings, and held it just above the paint. I moved from area to area like this at random. Rather than drying to dry the piece, I was forcing the paint to move while it dried, creating ripples and cracks.
It took almost 2 days for paint that think to dry completely. Once it did, I covered it in gesso. Rather than paint with a comfortable color palette, I went back to the light pastels I chose originally (for the most part). To add a bit of extra interest, I took a nylon mesh bag and cut it so it laid flat. I dipped into paint I put onto a piece of aluminum foil. Then I carefully placed it on the canvas in three places.
The title is a reminder to myself of the importance of not getting stuck in a rut when it comes to color palettes. I tend to prefer blues, teals, and purples so using pinks, corals, golds, and beige was a big step outside my comfort zone.