Last week in Contemporary Painting Studio, Amanda Knight was the tutor in the morning and gave us a fascinating and informative whistlestop tour through acrylic and oil mediums , particularly for glazing. Most of the group paint in oils so that is what she concentrated on but she gave an interesting demonstration of the luminosity of using glazes of transparent colour in acrylics rather than mixing colours ( a bit like watercolour but more so! ) . She mentioned the work of Mali Morris ( examples above) who currently has an exhibition at the Fold Gallery - definately one I hope to see before it closes, her work looks so joyful.
I've got into using up leftover paint on a sheet of paper, working with a credit card, I've now got quite a stash of painted papers for backgrounds or to tear up for collage. This time I did an monoprint as well ( above) . I'd spent my benchtime while at Studio 11 in Eastbourne doing monoprints on fabric ( 65 of them!) so I was still in the ' what if' zone.
These are a taster of what I produced there using acrylics and an acetate sheet ( above) and a Gelli plate (below) . I spent my coffee break photocopying some of the better ones for use in collage and after talking to Michelle Dow yesterday am going to do some more , varying the scale.
week 2 ( above) and with 'invert' filter below. I like how the newspaper text beneath the paint shows through
(I had good success with this technique on Advanced Painting course last year)
The acrylic collage pieces by Anthony Whishaw struck a chord - his work has often been my favourites at the RA Summer Exhibition ( which is why I requested his monograph as a Xmas present )
And coming full circle in this post, his painting ' Espot' of transparent acrylic glazes !