Monday, 14 October 2013

On slowness, movement and texture. Black and white painting, 14 Oct 2013. Acrylics on canvas, 45.5 cm x 59.5 cm

I use acrylic paints and a scraper knife to apply the paint. The the idea for any painting is often a very loose one, and the initial application of paint is rather tentative. The image slowly takes shape, and the scraper suits this slow build-up of paint. I have refrained from using rulers, masking tape or indeed paintbrushes as this speeds up the process too much. Speed inhibits many random discoveries. The awkward nature of the scraper suits a slow manner of working. As a process is has more to do with plastering than painting. Arranging flat colour in this manner, there are certain things that come natural to the process and the tool. The straightening of lines, the pinching of corners. The slight blending of colours despite the unsuitability of doing this with the scraper. Despite the static composition, the texture speaks of the process. Despite the straight lines, the lack of mechanical instruments to create these lends them a certain irregularity. I find this quality able to carry movement. Flat colour, but textured. Straight lines, yet imperfect. I am yet to create a painting that looked like my initial idea.

No comments:

Post a Comment