Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Intense and Peaceful
When we were in Brussels a few weeks ago, I saw a painting I liked in the Modern Art museum - it was a painting by a German artist, I think. It had some black marks, with blue squares painted over. The paint was opaque, but what struck me were the 2 shades of dark blue-green. Intense and peaceful. Maybe that's what I'll call it, then. My first idea for a title was "Laurel & Hardy", then "Blue Lagoon" or "Blue Tower", none of which I was happy with. Let me also say that what we have here looks nothing like the painting I remember from Brussels. I don't have a photographic memory, unfortunately, so I use my imagination instead.
I drew a few lines with a stub of black oil pastel over Galeria canvas-textured paper. The paper is a bit thin for the thick layer of paint I applied, but it will have to do. The acrylic was mixed with a good dollop of Liquitex Glazing Medium (gloss) and Liquitex Slo-Dri Blending Medium (gloss). The combination gives the paint a luminous quality. I'm not sure why I used 2 mediums - One of them, the glazing medium, makes the paint dry faster, while the other, the blending medium, makes it dry slower, so I probably should have just used the one. But it kind of worked. The 2 blocks of colour are quite glossy though, so I'm not sure how it will look on a wall - it would need to be well lit, or it could appear very dark, but how to avoid reflections? That's the question. Which is why I tend to use matte medium more, but I wanted a very transparent effect on this occasion and I think gloss conveys that better.
Make sure to look at the Liquitex Inspire section - some good, some that make me feel good about my own paintings! There's hope for all of us!