In this new series of paintings, I'm really applying a lot of paint to the surface, often scraping off, gouging and otherwise roughing up the surface with a variety of tools in addition to building up layers of paint. I like the tactile nature of the finished pieces and the surprises that can bubble up by working back into under layers of paint. Pictured here is a close up detail of one painting in progress showing some of the surface texture that is developing in the work.
I'm experimenting with the idea of combining various "finished" single paintings to make new larger ones. Its very interesting to see what pops when trying out different combinations and relationships. I've been laying them out and mixing them around to see if something strong, unique and resonate emerges.... or doesn't. Here are two 24" x 24" finished panels I'm considering putting together to form a new 24" x 48" painting. If something works, it doesn't necessarily mean its done. I might then work on the painting in its new combined form to bring it to resolution. But so far, I'm very much liking to possibilities opening up here.
Here's another painting somewhat related to the Adagio series, but with much different technique and paint application. I'm very much liking the physical nature of the paint on the panel, very lively.
Untitled, 24" x 24" oil on panel.
Every once in awhile I like to step away from the body of work I'm currently making, to mix it up, experiment, try new materials and just see what might come up. Its really important to me to try and stay fresh, and push outside any comfort zone that might have crept in.
So currently I'm stepping away from the oil and fabric on canvas paintings I've been making for the Adagio series, and trying out some new things. I've started to incorporate cold wax medium into oil paint and I'm really liking the feel and look of it. The paint is much thicker and has a nice matte finish to it. I've been putting a lot more paint on the panels, scrapping off, gouging, troweling it on etc, and just trying to see where it might lead. Here is a first little study with the new medium.
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