the how and why of texture in my work

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.

Back Camera

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.

iris in bloom

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!


4 thoughts on “the how and why of texture in my work”

  1. I think it’s great the way you use texture in your paintings–and I’m amazed at your ingenuity re: creating texture in unique ways. I’ve never really wanted texture in my work, as my style tends toward the illustrative/realistic rather than abstract or impressionistic. I love impressionist art, however. I wish I knew how to do it!

    If you looked at Gary Pruner’s (my art teacher’s) paintings, you’ll see nary a brushmark. One of his Rules when painting in acrylics and oils was No Brush Marks. Brush Marks took points off our grade for the piece. I hated it, particularly as he specified we use the stiffest brushes available, those ones with the white bristles. It was nearly impossible to paint without brush marks with those.

    He was teaching us to learn how to control the medium and our tools, of course, but I resented the whole concept. I wanted to use good brushes so I didn’t need to constantly distract myself from my art by fixing stupid brush marks (impossible!). And frankly, I didn’t mind brush marks in paintings, anyway! Far as I’m concerned, they add–heheh–texture and interest.

    Love these posts! Sending a hug, m’dear. 🙂

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    1. i looked up your teacher. wowowowowow i LOVE his work! you had such an awesome opportunity to learn from him (which makes me realize that i’ve never seen your work). the colors! the nature! animals! the color! the color the color! shapes, organic shapes!

      i would not have done well in his class! i use similar brushes as he had you use, but it wasn’t to make painting more challenging! lol i think i would probably be a better painter if i learned to do things like that. my art is very raw because i haven’t had any training or did any reasearch. i usually work by looking at online art stores and buying things i’ve never tried before. i like to make up my own way to do things. that’s why my approch is unique.

      hehe so glad you like them! i’m going to try to do them daily or as close to that as i can get! if you have any requests, let me know!
      hugs right back atcha. see you on twitter! ❤


    1. thank you so much, it means a lot. i’m really glad you’re interested in my posts. i didn’t know if the discussions of the art would be too dull. thanks for reading!


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