Getting Messy

Bit of a pause in posts though I have still been painting. As I said before, it still doesn’t come naturally to me to write about what I’m up to, so it often slips down the things to do list.  Its also been beautifully hot n sunny too which makes it even harder to sit myself down in front of a screen. But its raining now so the words can flow

Both paintings have gone though a few stages so I will post them in order and try to remember what I was thinking at the time.

I did make a few more tweeks to the ‘Day’ painting once it had reached a ‘finished’ stage. It became more and more multi faceted.  To be honest I could have kept dividing triangles for weeks, so I felt I had to reach a point where I could draw a line under it – or in this case, all over it…

Brilliant Day!

Brilliant Day!

I have found that one way to keep on rolling over an image that feels pretty finished is to totally mess it up… So far I feel I have been following a path of gradual immersion. Step by step edging towards the deep end.  This is more akin to taking the plunge into cold water; in fact make that a splashy bomb coz its made a real mess:

 

Mess 1

Mess 1

 

Mess 2

Mess 2

So one of the good things about making a mess is that things can only improve.  The mind has been freed from trying to hold onto whats there – Its gone…  and in the clean up process there is room for more ideas to wiggle in there. I found myself thinking of the beach, and lying on the beach looking at the sun through semi closed eyes. This is a past-time I love, creating little chinks of light in the warm vermilion glow of the back of the eyelids… Then stretching and warping the light with touching eye lashes. Sometime you can catch a glimpse of the transparent amoeba like creatures that seem to float in the liquid of the eye (I’m sure they aren’t creatures, but just the transparent cells of the lens, somehow focused onto the retina). The result of all this staring at the light is retinal after images – squiggles and dots of bright opposing colours which float around in the vermilion pool…

After image in the vermilion pool.

After image in the vermilion pool.

Its difficult to get across the effect on a small image, when you stand close to the painting, it fills your whole field of view. And if you focus on the blue blob for a while it starts to wobble and lose definition. I find these kinds of optical effects fun, and they have always held a fascination for me. I couldn’t quite let go of the triangles so I masked a few before obliterating them, and you can see them faintly reappearing here.

In the end I had to lose the blue egg because it dominated too much.

 

Optical Ripple

Optical Ripple

Dont know what I was really trying to do here but it didn’t work that well – I decided that I needed more paint on the canvas coz despite the many layers they are all fairly thinly painted. I have in mind that the end result will be encrusted in layers of scumbled colour which will bare witness to the painting’s journey, so decided to start laying it on a bit thicker.

 

Heat shimmer

Heat shimmer

Still a bit weird, and not really going the right way at all, but at least the paint is building up…

 

Detail

Detail

 

So I haven’t done quite as much work on the ‘Night’ painting, maybe because I’m a bit happier with where its at but here are a few stages:

 

Swarm

Swarm

 

Story

Story

 

Lightening

Lightening

 

Gothic Mist

Gothic Mist

Again, Not necessarily going in the right direction but then thats what this is all about. Sometimes by painting on – you lose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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