Friday, March 11, 2011
I wanted to do a good sized painting. So I decided to go with a 60"x 48" gesso'd luan plywood with 1x2 cradling. I'm a crappy woodworker, and I don't know that I'll try that again. I would have been happier stretching my own canvas.
I also decided to underpaint the entire painting in grayscale.
First I put a matte finish on just my face so that the glazing medium would stand out (and the face would pop a bit off the background.) Then I took some of the glaze medium, added a tiny amount of cad red so it wouldn't be invisible and poured it from 3 feet onto the location of my 'third eye' As this puddle formed I took a toothpick and swirled in some more cad red so that it floated in the medium. I carefully heated from underneath the luan so that the board stayed evenly warm (and I didn't blow on the medium with the heat gun and disturb it.) The medium managed to stay more than an 1/8 inch thick and started doing some beautiful 'crazing' along the lines where the acrylic paint had mixed in. It ended up adding a very different element to the painting which I'm very happy with.
What does it mean? Is it the bloody residue of my blinded third eye? Is it the remains of some third squashed insect? It worked for me on the painting even though it's texturally very different. I suppose, as I was composing this painting, I kept thinking that something was about to blow. I guess this was it.