one of the things i love about painting and making mixed media creations is texture. i like my art to be not only visual, but tactile as well. i use a variety of things to add texture to my work, acrylic mediums, goopy acrylic ink, impasto, tools that create texture in the paint, or objects incoporated into the work. there are lots and lots more.
i painted this at a time when i was obsessed with texture. there are a variety of acrylic mediums in it, like, clear tar gel and glass beads. there’s a lot of scraping, too. i use things like palette knives, toothbrushes, fingers, a box cutter, the wrong side of paint brushes and whatever else i can get my hands on. scrape scrape!
the black claws? things reaching out to touch each other? spiders? explosions of tar? reach across the canvas (this is on a 12″x12″ stretched canvas) bring unity to a chaotic background. i hesitate to call it a background, because it’s really as much of a crucial element in the painting as the big black things are. there are some ugly colors involved there. i like using ugly colors and strange mixes of colors that end up looking ugly. i don’t use ugly as a pejoritive word, i like ugly art! not all art has to be pretty, attractive, or easy to look at.
this piece is also chaotic, very storm-like, and ugly, like the previous one. this one is a statement of negative emotion. i felt angry, which i do a lot, when i made it. i took a palette knife and piled on the paint. i squished it around and added more and more paint. it was cathartic. i think the texture adds to the atmosphere of wild emotion.
this minimalist work is sort of strange. i was experimenting with using a palette knife to apply watercolor paints without adding water. it never really dried, just got sticky and pliable enough to bend the painting with out damage. i don’t know why i tried this; i guess i was just looking for weird new ways to paint.
the paint looks like dabs of color mushed together, but not mixing, like it would be if i added water. the texture is a big statement, boldly dividing the vast whiteness of the paper.
this is a mixed media piece. i made it at a time when i was adding glue to watercolors to achieve a strange, melting, splotchy effect. it makes the painting smooth and coagulates strangely in some places. there isn’t any grainyness, as there would be a with a lot of textures. it feels nice to the touch. the glue was a way to explore texture and to do something at least a little bit new and original. it’s so hard to find things that people, people with much more expierence and skill than me, haven’t done already, and done better. i think i found something pretty unusual to do, at least i hope so!
i read a description of a line of paint brushes, on blick.com. one of the selling points was that they didn’t leave any visible brush marks in your painting. i kinda laughed because i was wondering, why the hell would i want that?! lol bold is a description some have said about my art. i think it’s a good one. all these creations of texture are are done heavy handedly and obviously. i like it that way, but i’ve seen other people use them subtlety l. it’s more sophisticated and controlled, but i do it very differently!