January 24, 2014

Abstract Painting

I've been adding more layers of oil paint and Dorland Wax to these pressboard pieces. You can see my last post here. Unfortunately, I haven't been good about taking photos of all the layers, but there have been 3-4 sessions on most of these.

What can I say . . .  this is a lot of fun. If you like to paint, you should give this a go. You can just keep mixing paint, adding layers and scraping lines away. You never know what's going to be revealed from the layers below and I think not knowing is half the fun.

If you go to the link above, the 3rd photo, which is pink and green, is the base for the piece above. Hard to believe, isn't it? It's undergone some changes.

 I think this one may be my favorite.

This reminds me of the sunset photo that I took of Campus Point a few posts ago. I wasn't planning to make a landscape, it just happened.

 If you go to the link above, this is the 2nd photo shown. I think it could use some more work.

These three pieces were made using a base of fabric paper. I used a mixture of oil paint and Dorland Wax on top of the fabric paper.

 I tried scraping into the layers but it just wasn't working so well. I ripped areas of the fabric paper away and added more paint. This time I laid it on thick with a palette knife.

This worked better and I was able to scrape through the layers a little, but it was still difficult. These pieces have a lot more texture, but less line. I guess it just depends on what you like.

A couple of them could use another layer, but I would say I'm finished with most of them. It'll take about 3 weeks for the wax to fully cure, then I'll frame the ones I like. All of them were painted on 5 x 7" pieces of pressboard. The pressboard worked great because it is really sturdy and can withstand all the poking and scraping. Stretched canvas won't survive.