Spontaneous Marks – Intuitive Paintings
I am publishing my last painting set of 2016 titled Spontaneous Marks, which consists of 8 studies on 11 x 14 in. paper I painted in December. While my last intuitive painting sets were dominated by large-scale colour applications, this set is defined by fewer marks and colours.
For this painting set I tried a different approach. Typically the intuitive painting series follows an intuitive unplanned approach to applying paint and textures; in this set I tried to remove the thinking process even further, by forcing myself to very quick applications of a few preselected colours, smaller tools and fewer strokes. Also, I painted four studies at once, quickly moving from one piece to the next, therefore eliminating the opportunity for over thinking.
After creating a background, I used complementary colours to establish the focal points. I then randomly dripped liquid acrylics and China ink and worked with spatulas and a calligraphy pen to create more movement. Unexpectedly, the studies have come out with somewhat of an Asian touch, which I kind of like.
With this painting set, there is only one last canvas painting missing for my work completed in 2016. It’s been very busy during the last weeks as I have traveled a lot. Despite two more upcoming trips and my move to the Eastern Townships, I hope to publish the remaining painting and some photos from my last trips next month.