Shozo Shimomoto 'Holes' from back and front
At the end of the previous class , I'd prepared several layered ,painted surfaces with newspaper applied to cartridge paper then painted with white acrylic, thinking I would work on something based on Shozo Shimomoto's 'Holes' But with further research on his methods of layering multiple sheets of newspaper I decided I didn't have time in a day to do it justice.
The surfaces themselves had dried with very interesting textures - some people in the class 'stole' my idea and produced some great pieces of work! I look forward to using them myself at a later stage.
breakwaters at Birchington on Sea .
advanced Painting class last year, in spare moments I produced a lot of layered, scumbled backgrounds and brought some of these along with me.
My first experiment was using the black dry brushstrokes of Pierre Soulages as inspiration . I loved how the background shows through but then went too far reintroducing some of the white - it was better left alone !
I was keen to use a canvas as well as paper so the day before had painted over a failed painting with a grey-green. Tinted white paint added with credit card and drips and splashes in the foreground in preparation for the breakwater posts
The last half hour before lunch I had a very satisfying time mixing paint swatches to match the colours in Nicolas de Stael 'Marathon' ( I'd printed a photo of it and laminated it, excellent tip as inevitably paint gets on the photo!)
After lunch using some of the colours from de Stael but deciding against original plan of impasto techniques I added more drips and splashes and painted breakwaters in with dryish brush
I'd forgotten the pleasures of painting on canvas( I'd constructed this one myself with high quality fabric) such a different surface to paper. I was a bit more considered with marks and from across the room the tutor said 'stop' so I'm leaving it as it is for the moment! I might play around with options in Photoshop and work on it some more but slowly.
A very interesting review session in the final hour - peoples work was so varied with starting points from different aspects of the course and their own interests and experiences. Some had used oils rather than acrylics and that's something I want to explore further, the potential in layering colours and working more slowly.