Painting Process

Over the course of the portfolio module, I’ve tried a few different methods and processes to try and achieve the results I want. In the last few weeks I’ve begun to settle on a process that involves a combination of collage, painting and mark making.

I’ve spent some time making collage papers. The paper I was left with after the bluebell paintings were fairly saturated, higher key colours, and I needed some that were in a more muted palette.

The papers on the left are a combination of leftovers from bluebell paintings and from torn up palettes from throughout the semester. The ones on the right were made to go into some landscape paintings that would use earthier colours. The yellow ochre and burnt sienna are intended for dry grass, bracken and sheep sorrel. There are some darker greens, that perhaps will represent hedgerows, and some blues and indigos for coastal scenes. The process for making these is great fun, and it means that I never need to let leftover paint go to waste. Any paint left on the palette, however muddied, is brushed onto paper. Or I place the paper down on the paint and create a print. I’ve found that thinner, cheaper paper is ideal, so I usually raid my daughter’s craft drawer and use her paper.

The great thing about using collage and opaque acrylic paint is that it is a very forgiving process – several layers can be added and any parts that were not working well can simply be covered up. Below is a coastal scene made using this method:

In this close up of the top right section, it’s easy to see the edges of the collaged pieces

You can also see my last step in the process, which is to draw back onto the painting with crayons. These are Caran D’Ache neocolor crayons, they are highly pigmented and are water soluble.

You can see by the state of them that I get quite enthusiastic scribbling with these. I recently decided to upgrade and I bought some Sennelier oil bars. I hope to use these in a similar way to the crayons, but I expect they will have a richer, smoother, juicier effect. I can’t wait to use them but I’m also terrified to even open them (they were expensive!).

Below is another seascape, created using the same process. Collage, paint, scribbles. This one is based on memories of looking towards the mainland from the North end of Bardsey island, watching the tide race in the sound.

I intend to keep going with this method, perhaps seeing if I can produce some work on a bigger scale.

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