Breakthrough

Breakthrough by Heather Miller; WhiteRose's Art
Breakthrough is an abstract painting by Heather Miller, WhiteRosesArt

Title: Breakthrough
Price: $320.00
Size: 24.5″ x 36.5″ x 1″
Year: 2017

Breakthrough was created using gesso, acrylic paint, grout, ink, and a sealer on canvas board.

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The Story:

Breakthrough is the largest abstract painting I have made so far.  I have a small studio so working large is difficult.  I also live in a small 1950’s era house which doesn’t have a lot of space for large artworks.  So why did I create this?  In short, I had a frame.

Oddly that frame is not the one you see in the picture. The original idea was to create something for the large frame I had from my senior thesis exhibit.  It’s been in a closet for the last 6 years so I thought it time to put it to use.  Sadly, I forgot that the frame wasn’t true to size.  I ended having to order a new frame for the piece.

The first step was to gesso the canvas board. Next, I painted the rainbow colored streaks using acrylic paints.  I honestly wasn’t sure what I was going to create, I just had a basic idea of the color scheme.  When the acrylic paints dried, I thought it needed something more, especially since the colors turned out darker than I envisioned.

I had a tub of sanded grout from a bathroom tile project lying about.  Not one to waste things, I decided the texture would be a perfect addition.  Grout is fairly light when it dries but it creates an opportunity for a more sculpted look without the price-tag of expensive molding compounds.  Grout is, however, just as difficult to work with, especially when applying it over acrylic paint.

I had a basic idea of the structure I wanted for the grout.  I ended up using far more than I intended.  It was also a very pale gray that made the colors below even darker than they actually are.  I decided to paint over it with a variety of diluted inks.  That created a nice variation in tone.

The title was chosen because the piece is reminiscent a rainbow of colors breaking through the clouds.

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