Spatula Textures – Intuitive Paintings
In early April, I worked on a second set of seven intuitive paintings. These are spontaneously painted studies without prior planning or sketching, making the process all the more fun. This time, I focused on textures achieved with the use of spatulas, as I would like to improve my background textures. In contrast to my last set, in which off-white colors and grey dominated, this set of intuitive paintings features bright colors often created by complementary contrasts.
These Paints Have a Mind of Their Own!
In addition to working with more colors, I tested a wide range of different spatula shapes and sizes. Playing with these different tools and paint brands, I noticed that working with large spatulas and heavy body paints works best for me. Unfortunately, the result is difficult to control, as there are several determining factors including brand-specific drying time and the reaction of paints with subjacent layers. One can never be sure if it will stick to, blend with or partially cover the underlying layer.
As I really like how studies #8, #10 and #11 came out, I am currently considering framing and exhibiting them at the Symposium de Peinture next weekend. If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This art show features 28 artists and is held at the Maison de la Culture in Thetford Mines, Quebec. The Symposium opens Friday April 29th in the evening and runs through Sunday May 1st.